Mornington Peninsula Vineyard of the Year

Fri 10th Sep 2021 > Fri 27th Aug 2021

Viticulturist Mr Joe Vaughan and his 100 Hunts Road vineyard, is the inaugural winner of the Mornington Peninsula’s Dr Allan Antcliff Vineyard of the Year Award.


Named after the influential vine physiologist, Dr Allan Antcliff, the biennial Vineyard of the Year Award recognises the deep commitment of the Mornington Peninsula wine community to continually improve the health of the vineyards and natural ecology of the region.


The esteemed judges of the inaugural award were three experienced viticulturists: Dr Mary Retallack, Mark Walpole, and John Whiting.


Dr Mary Retallack said the top four vineyards shortlisted were all very impressive and offered something different in every case, but Vaughan demonstrated an attention to detail, integrated thinking, a capacity to innovate and a great deal of resourcefulness to deliver a deep commitment to sustainability and excellence.


“There was a clear focus on social, environmental, and economic responsibility with a broad range of topics encompassed in each - from farm safety to soil health, economic production and an appreciation of the surrounding environment, native flora and fauna and the interactions between each,” Dr Retallack said.


Mark Walpole and John Whiting supported this assessment, commending Vaughan on developing a vineyard management system, which specifically catered to the needs of the 100 Hunts Road Vineyard and regeneration of the site’s natural ecology.


“Joe demonstrated to the judges his experience and resourcefulness in achieving a nice balance with a low input, sustainable system for his vineyard,” said Walpole


The 100 Hunts Road Vineyard in Tuerong is 27 hectares and supplies some of the Mornington Peninsula’s top wineries such as Stonier Wines, Paringa Estate, Quealy Wines, Portsea Estate and Kerri Greens with pinot noir, pinot meunier, pinot gris, chardonnay, fiano, friulano, muscat blanc á petits grains, traminer and shiraz.


It was selected as one of four finalists, which included Crittenden Estate, Handpicked Wines’ Capella Vineyard and Polperro Winery’s Talland Hill Vineyard.


The Dr Allan Antcliff Vineyard of the Year Award was initiated by benefactors Sarah and Bails Myer AC, who have provided a perpetual trophy and $5,000 travel grant to the winning viticulturist to further their skills and knowledge in sustainable vineyard practices.


Mornington Peninsula Wine CEO, Olivia Barrie said this award and the long term commitment of the regional wine community to strive for excellence in farming sustainability is a priority for the organisation.


“A commitment to environmental excellence from the region is really gathering pace,” said Barrie.


 “We are having many ongoing conversations about how the values and attitudes of the wine industry ensure the health of our vineyards and our local environment,” she said.


“Joe and his work at the 100 Hunts Road Vineyard, along with the generosity and vision of Sarah and Bails Myer, and the impressive work of all the nominees and finalists in our first Dr Allan Antcliff Vineyard of the Year Award, present a great deal of promise for how we can continue to improve our skills and reduce our future impact on the natural environment.”


Barrie expressed confidence the Mornington Peninsula will become a leader in sustainable winegrowing and congratulated Vaughan, the judges and all nominees for their participation in the process to recognise environmental excellence.