THE Hunter’s McGuigan Wines was named the world’s best white winemaker for the second time in four years at the International Wine Challenge in London last night, (Australian time).
The company and its chief winemaker Neil McGuigan won in 2009 and was nominated in 2010.
Mr McGuigan accepted the award on behalf of the company, with senior winemakers James Evers and Thomas Jung.
McGuigan Wines edged out two French wineries to win the award.
“It is wonderful for the Australian wine industry to win this award,’’ Mr McGuigan said.
‘‘To have won this award in 2009, be nominated in 2010 and then win again in 2012 is a huge honour, and something that will be difficult to repeat.
‘‘This ongoing and sustained industry recognition has really vindicated our philosophy of making the wine the hero,” he said.
The company received five gold medals at the awards this year for its white wine portfolio.
The winning wines were 2010 Shortlist Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, 2005 Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling, 2007 Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling, 2010 Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling and 2004 Bin 9000 Hunter Valley Semillon.
They received their names when the company asked its winemakers around Australia to shortlist their best wines to be included in the premium range.
Mr McGuigan, who lives in the Hunter Valley, is a member of the prominent McGuigan Hunter wine family.
He is the brother of Brian.
Their father is Percy McGuigan.