Congratulations to Australian Winemaker of the Year Peter Fraser

29 July 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Minister for Tourism

The nation’s top winemaker is Peter Fraser, from McLaren Vale.

Mr Fraser received the honor at the James Halliday’s 2016 Halliday Wine Companion Awards last night.
Local MP and Tourism, Food and Wine Minister Leon Bignell said Pete was a great local success story and a brilliant industry leader.

“James Halliday selected Pete and Yangarra from more than 1300 Australian wineries to award this prestigious title,” Mr Bignell said.

“Pete’s dedication to the highest quality soil preparation, grape growing and wine-making have seen him garner international respect.

“His long-term persistence with following a bio-dynamic path has made others in the Australian wine industry look at what Pete is doing. He has always been keen to work with others and collaborate where possible.”

Seven Yangarra wines scored between 94 and 97 points in Halliday’s 2015 Wine Companion, and the winery received a five-star rating.

“Yangarra is owned by the US based Jackson Family and I have heard first-hand just how much they appreciate and respect Pete’s work. They see him as a key asset in their international operation,” Mr Bignell said.

“Yangarra has consistently won awards in every part of its business, from best cellar-door in the McLaren Vale region to international critical acclaim for their wines.

“Congratulations to Pete Fraser and the entire Yangarra team on this wonderful accolade and acknowledgment of your hard work and dedication.

“It speaks precisely to our government’s economic priority of producing premium food and wine from our clean environment and exporting it to the world”.

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