THE accolades continue to flow in for Two Rivers Wines – and its owners Brett and Linda Keeping.
Starting out 30 years ago in the Upper Hunter valley as a supplier of fruit to winemakers, the decision was made in the 2000s to transform the company into a fully-integrated winemaking concern.
The business was a multiple trophy winner at the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show for its Semillon.
Staunch advocates of sustainable environmental and agricultural practices, Twin Rivers Wines is proud of its role in the Hunter Valley being declared a Critical Industry Cluster for viticulture.
After winning four awards at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show in August, and following up with a trophy for the best chardonnay at the NSW Wine Awards, the Denman-based winery has been unveiled as a finalist in another major competition.
Following more than 3000 entries, as well as an exhaustive audit by judges over the past six months, the search for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Annual President’s Medal is down to six outstanding contestants from throughout Australia.
The President’s Medal is the ultimate award in agricultural excellence and innovation. The medal is not awarded solely on taste.
It recognises a business’ overall, social, environmental and commercial integrity credentials through the entire production cycle from “gate to plate”, the “Triple Bottom Line”.
Judges examine the commercial success, environmental integrity and social involvement of the business behind the product.
For the first time, Two Rivers Wines’ 2013 Stones Throw Semillon will vie for the title along with Meredith Dairy’s Marinated Feta, Sheep Goat Blend, Victoria; Accolade Wines, House of Arras’ 2008 Grand Vintage, Tasmania; Tathra Oysters’ Nelson Lake Premium Grade Oysters; Staple Bread’s Staple Classic Sourdough and NH Foods Australia’s Manning Valley Naturally Beef.
Famous for its multi-award winning Sydney Rock Oysters, Tathra Oysters (see stories pages 6 and 7) is a former President’s Medal finalist along with Meredith Dairy and House of Arras.
The 13th annual President’s Medal winner will be announced at a gala dinner during the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.