A Southern Hemisphere First! Wyndham Estate Awarded the Grand Vinitaly Award

    SYDNEY, April 19 /CNW/ - Leading Australian wine producer Wyndham Estate
has been awarded the prestigious Grand Vinitaly Award at the 2007 Vinitaly
International Wine Competition - the first time ever a wine producer from the
Southern Hemisphere has taken home the coveted international prize.
    The Vinitaly International Wine Competition was held in Verona, Italy
from 21-25 March 2007 and is regarded as the largest and most selective
international wine competition in the world with more than 3,500 entries from
30 countries.
    The Grand Vinitaly Award is assigned to the winery totaling the highest
score for two wines taking medals in different groups. The Wyndham Estate BIN
555 Shiraz 2004 and the Wyndham Estate Show Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2001 both
received Grand Gold Medals (the highest accolade) in their respective groups.
    Only 105 medals were awarded confirming the traditional selectivity of
the event.
    Pernod Ricard Pacific Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Laurent
Lacassagne, said the trophy was due regard for one of the most iconic wine
names in Australian history.
    "George Wyndham is widely recognised as the father of Australian Shiraz.
The Wyndham Estate wines have always maintained a reputation for providing
great quality and value. This is a tribute to all of our winemakers who have
been dedicated to making top quality wines year after year."
    "This award will definitely encourage all wine lovers to re-visit the
terrific wines of Wyndham Estate," said Lacassagne.
    The judging involved 21 juries including leading oenologists and senior
journalists from across the globe. Wyndham Estate now joins the Vinitaly Roll
of Honour, which includes an impressive line up of previous winners such as
Ernest & Julio Gallo from America, Segura Viudas di Torrelavit from Spain and
four time winner Banfi di Montalcino from Italy.
    Wyndham Estate will now receive additional exposure during the 41st
Vinitaly, touring throughout Russia, USA, Japan, China and India.

For further information:

For further information: Bruno Goimier, General Manager, Communications
- Pernod Ricard Pacific, T: +61 2 8874 8203, M: +61 (0) 401 771 892, E:
bruno.goimier@pernod-ricard-pacific.com; Stuart Gregor, Managing Director -
Liquid Ideas, T: +61 2 9699 1477, E: stuartgregor@liquidideas.com.au

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