A RUTHERGLEN winery has taken out a top gong on the world stage for one of its sweet fortifieds.
Campbells was awarded a trophy for its Rutherglen Topaque at the Decanter World Wine Awards announced in London on Wednesday night.
Australia won more trophies than any other country at the awards, taking the major prize in six of the 32 categories.
“To be one of six Australian wineries to take out such an award is an accolade in itself,” Campbells marketing manager Susie Campbell said last night.
“These awards are recognised as the world’s most prominent wine challenge in the world.
“It’s a tribute to Rutherglen and puts us on the world stage.”
Ms Campbell said the family-owned business was proud of its latest achievement.
The winery has, in the past, received international awards for its Rutherglen Muscat.
Ms Campbell said her dad, Colin, who was working in China, was chuffed by news of the award.
“It has been a lifelong dream of his to see the Topaque and Muscat recognised on the world stage,” she said.
“It’s the result of a lot of hard work.”
This year’s winners were announced during a gala dinner at London’s Royal Opera House.
Wines from Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Western Australia took awards for their reds, whites and sweet fortifieds.
“Australia’s wine industry is blessed with many talented individuals,” Decanter magazine awards chairman Steven Spurrier said.
“Hard work, on small family-owned vineyards and at wineries, has kept the country at the top internationally.”