McGuigan Wines celebrates prestigious New York win
McGuigan Wines has been crowned Australian Winery of the Year at the prestigious New York International Wine Competition.
At the competition, McGuigan took home three Double Gold medals for the McGuigan Founders Series Limestone Coast Malbec 2015, McGuigan Shortlist Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014 and McGuigan Handmade Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2015, while also securing a further 10 Gold medals across the portfolio including McGuigan Founders Series McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, McGuigan Shortlist Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015 and McGuigan The Farms Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013.
Rounding out the medal haul were six Silver and seven Bronze medals.
Commenting on the win, Chief Winemaker McGuigan Wines, Neil McGuigan, said: This is a great result, we’re honoured to have been named Australian Winery of the Year at such a prestigious wine competition. This trophy not only supports our philosophy of making the wine the hero but also provides us with the ideal platform as we look to re-enter the United States market early in the new year.
"Our commitment to over delivering at every price point has been vindicated at this wine show as competitions in the United States are judged in price segments. To have had success across a range of varietals – both red and white – across all price points, from entry level through to popular premium and super premium is particularly satisfying and very much reflects the commitment to quality that is inherent in our viticultural and winemaking teams."
McGuigan's push into the US
The win comes at an exciting time for McGuigan Wine's owner, Australian Vintage. The company is seeking to grow the US market as it diversifies its focus from low-margin cask wine to include more premium offerings.
"We recently signed a distribution agreement with one of the top US distributors, Palm Bay International," McGuigan noted earlier this year. "This is a great step forward for this company in continuing to create a truly global footprint for our brands. The US is a hard market to crack and it will take time, but I have great confidence in the quality and depth of the team at Palm Bay. As Palm Bay’s exclusive Australian supplier, we believe we have an exciting future together."