I really love the great wines that Tasmanian wineries produce and a young Tasmanian winemaker has now received some great recognition.

We will be visiting many wineries over the next few months so I look forward to posting and sharing our experiences.

Young winemakers continues to build a reputation for quality and innovation.

Hobart’s Nick Glaetzer was last night named Young Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine at an event in Melbourne.

The 31-year-old started Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers after moving to Hobart from the Barossa Valley in 2005 in search of cool climate perfection.

He also works with Alain Rousseau at Frogmore Creek winery.

Judging panel chairman Peter Forrestal said Mr Glaetzer’s ability to think outside the square and the quality of his wines made him the judges’ choice.

“Experimentation and the desire to challenge orthodoxies remains at the core of his winemaking,” Mr Forrestal said.

The win adds to the new wave of young Tasmanian winemakers cementing a strong reputation nationally.

Anna Pooley, who grew up in the Coal River Valley, was awarded the Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year award for 2010 for her work with the Heemskerk and Abel’s Tempest labels.

Wine Tasmania chief executive Sheralee Davies said Mr Glaetzer’s award showed that Tasmanian wines were punching above their weight nationally.

What do you think of Tasmanian wines? What are your favourite Tasmanian wineries and wines?

Dale

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