Fine wine retailer Langton’s has jumped on board to support the annual showcase of Clare Valley wines, with this year’s 23rd event to be known as the Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show.
Announcing the sponsorship, CVWI chairman Andrew Pike welcomed Langton’s involvement as a prominent organisation within the Australian and international wine industry.
“We are very pleased that Langton’s has joined with our other valuable sponsors to support the show and recognise the status of Clare as a significant region with a long history of producing outstanding wines,” he said.
“The annual show is a window to the exciting things that are happening with Clare Valley wine and we are committed to continuing its development.”
Langton’s national business development manager Clayton Buffoni said the naming rights sponsorship underlined its commitment to supporting wineries at a regional level.
“This sponsorship, in addition to our current support of the burgeoning Margaret River Wine Show, allows us to support two regions that continue to grow and enhance their reputations for specific varietals that rate, quite simply, as the best in their class at an international level,” he said.
“The Clare Valley has formed an intrinsic part of Langton’s journey with strong representation in the Langton’s Classification indicating wines of enduring quality and integrity.
“It is a pleasure, however, to support a region that stands up so strongly when viewed across its full complement of wineries and not simply by the recognition of those few.”
Award-winning author and wine writer Nick Stock will return as chair of judges in 2017.
He will be joined by a panel of judges from across the winemaking, retail and hospitality sectors which includes: Brokenwood managing director and chief winemaker Iain Riggs, Torbreck senior winemaker Ian Hongell, Wines By KT owner and winemaker Kerri Thompson, Randall’s independent fine wine merchant Randall Pollard and Crown Melbourne director of wine Matthew Brooke.
Around 450 entries are expected for this year’s Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show, with judging to run from Tuesday, October 24, to Thursday, October 26.
The awards lunch, including presentation of trophies, will be held at the Clare Town Hall on Friday, October 27.
The gold-medal wines will be on show prior to the lunch when the public will have an opportunity to taste the award-winners at a public event in Clare’s Ennis Park, matched with canapés created by Clare Valley Cuisine.
Northern Argus is the Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show media partner for 2017.