The 43rd Riverland Wine Show Gala Dinner was convened at Ruston’s Roses on Wednesday evening. The show attracted more than 350 entries with trophies being awarded in 11 classes and capped off with the announcement of Jim Markeas of Mallee Estate Wines as the 2015 recipient of the Riverland Wine Industry Award sponsored JMA Engineering. Congratulations Jim and congratulations to the other trophy winners. A full list of winners, together with the chief wine judge, Fiona Donald’s report and commentary from Wine Show president Eric Semmler will be published in next week’s Murray Pioneer.
The International Year of Soils was celebrated with acclaimed Riverland pedologist, consultant and netball coach, exciting the audience with his claim that Riverland soils are one of the region’s great treasures, thanks to the foresight of the architects, engineers and labourers who designed and installed one of the most sophisticated and intricate drainage systems for irrigated horticulture on the planet! Shane has lived and worked in many different parts of Australia and has presented at a number of international symposiums. He is well placed to compare this region’s soils and sustainability with other regions across Australia and elsewhere. Our soils are a key component of this region’s natural environment, the basis of its fine premium wines and food. He said “the Riverland’s diverse geology and man-made irrigation drainage systems render this region the most sustainable irrigation region in Australia”.
The event drew a record crowd in excess of 120. Ruston’s are to be congratulated on another exceptional menu, friendly, professional service and stunning table settings complemented by a variety of award winning Riverland and other inland regions’ fine wines.
President Eric Semmler commended and thanked the volunteer Wine Show committee for presenting an event that again generated such pride and enthusiasm for the entire region.