Cheers to our cool winemakers

 The Mayor with Michael from Foxeys Hangout

The Mayor with Michael from Foxeys Hangout

Peninsula winemakers are toasting their success at the 17th International Cool Climate Wine Show.

The show attracted 544 entries in 29 classes, including sparkling wine, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, and event organiser Bec Davis said local vineyards performed “outstandingly”.

“Foxeys Hangout won best Mornington Peninsula White and Red, Nazaaray picked up the People’s Choice Award and there was a swag of other medals across all classes, with golds going to Merricks Estate, Portsea Estate and Hickinbotham; silvers to Trofeo, Red Hill Estate, Baillieu, Elgee Park and Bellingham; and bronzes to Bittern and Telera,” Bec said.  “Our local vineyards shone next to a high calibre of national and international entries.”

The ICCWS was hosted by the William Angliss Institute and included a public tasting and awards dinner. For Mornington Peninsula fine wine retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, cellar door staff, wine educators and wine enthusiasts, the ICCWS provided an excellent opportunity to taste an extraordinary breadth and depth of cool climate wines.

For full information on the ICCWS and the 2017 results, go to