LIKE a good red, Alpine Valley wines are getting better with age, says the chief judge at last week’s North East Wine Challenge.
After being runner-up to the Beechworth region in the past two years it was the Alpine Valleys who came out on top after the judging at Myrtleford’s Ablett Pavilion – also ahead of wines from Rutherglen, Glenrowan and the King Valley.
It was also another record for gold medals at the fledging show.
Now in its fifth year there were 168 entries in last week’s tasting.
Three years ago judges handed out just eight golds, last year that number trebled to 24 and last week it was a gold rush with more than 30 awarded during the show.
Jane Faulkner, Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show chief judge, oversaw proceedings for the second year in a row.