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Calabria Family Wines Group News
 

BILL CALABRIA RECOGNISED AS RIVERINA LEGEND AS FAMILY WINERY SWEEPS REGIONAL AWARDS SHOW

Second-generation Winemaker Bill Calabria, AM has been recognised as the 2021 Riverina Legend at this year’s Riverina Wine Show following his namesake winery’s sweeping of the competition with a total of six trophies and the award for Most Successful Exhibitor for the third consecutive year.

 

Bill (William) Calabria, AM has been a notable figure in the Riverina since first working for the family’s winery at the age of 14. He has long held that the region can produce outstanding, premium wines, in addition to creating some of the world’s most notable value drops. 

 

Despite the highs and lows of the industry, Bill has been steadfast in forging a different path for the Calabria family, creating premium, regionally focussed brands like Three Bridges in addition to expanding the business’ footprint into the Barossa Valley. In 2013, Bill was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the industry. 

 

Speaking to the award, NSW Wine Industry Association President Mark Bourne said: “This deserved recognition of Bill’s accomplishments are borne from his passion, innovation and commitment to the Riverina, New South Wales and Australian wine industry over many years. We look forward to the exciting future for Bill and the entire Calabria family as they continue to play a significant role in the prosperity and growth of the Riverina for generations to come.” 

 

Of the trophy winning wines, in the Riverina Wine Show Calabria’s Three Bridges Durif 2019 won the coveted trophy for Best Riverina Durif, with McWilliam’s Wines winning both the Best Riverina Dry White and Dry Red Trophies for the On the Grapevine Pinot Gris 2020 and Alternis Nero D’Avola 2021 respectively. 

 

In the Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards, McWilliam’s Alternis Nero D’Avola 2021 also took home the Chief Judge's Award for ‘Most Exciting Wine’. And in the Tumbarumba GI Wine Show, McWIlliam’s 480 Estate Chardonnay 2019 received Best Young White and Wine of Show in the regional competition. 

 

After receiving the award at a special gala presentation, Bill Calabria, AM said: “What an honour to be the recipient of the Riverina Legend award. I am grateful to my distinguished peers and Riverina neighbours for continuing to support our family, even through the most challenging times in our 76 year history. 

 

“I have always believed the Riverina to be incredibly underrated, both locally and globally, but through our consistency of quality wines from year to year, the region continues to be the heart of the NSW wine industry. One thing that stands out is the incredible sense of community and camaraderie found in the region and I send my sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the ongoing success of our family winery over the past seven decades.”

 

The Riverina Legend award first launched in 2019 as part of the Riverina Wine Show. Bill Calabria, AM joins Les Worland (2019) and Jim and Keith McWilliam (2020) who have both been recognised for this distinguished regional award. 

 

For more information about the Riverina Wine Shows, please visit www.riverinawinemakers.com.au.

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The Calabria family has launched the Calabria Family Wine Group signifying a new era for the Griffith-based family winery. Following a year of significant brand acquisitions, namely the historic McWilliam’s Wines brand and Hanwood Winery, along with Deakin Estate, and La La Land Wines, the rapid growth of the family business has evolved significantly, cementing them among the largest family-owned wine groups in Australia.

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Calabria Family Wines is toasting a ‘century in the making’ success after being named a Best in Show winner at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 for its top wine, Calabria The Iconic Grand Reserve Shiraz 2018. The wine, the only Shiraz in the world to be named Best in Show, is crafted from premium fruit sourced from 100-year-old vines on the family’s Barossa Valley ‘William’ Vineyard. Calabria’s wine was one of only two Best in Show wines from Australia. READ MORE

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CALABRIA FAMILY WINES ACQUIRES AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTION OF BEST-SELLING ITALIAN BRAND, CANTI

The deal, commencing this week, sees the family-owned winery take over the Australian import, sales, and marketing of the family-owned and operated Canti from Accolade Wines.
As a third-generation Italian-Australian wine business, Calabria Family Wines hopes to bring Canti’s distinct Italian flair and style to the booming prosecco market in Australia.
“This is our first shot into the distribution of wines outside of the Calabria Family Wines brand and we can’t think of a better business to be working with than Canti,” third-generation Sales & Marketing Manager
Andrew Calabria said. READ MORE

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WAVE OF TROPHIES FOR CALABRIA AT RIVERLAND WINE SHOW

Calabria Family Wines has taken top honours at the 49th Riverland Wine Show, receiving a total of six exhibition and individual wine trophies in the regional competition.

 

Calabria’s trophy haul includes the Wally Ware Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor (Red Classes 2, 9

12-16, 23), MCC Multi-Color Australia Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor (White Wine Classes 1, 3-8, 10-11, 18-19, 21-22), Rabobank Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor (Classes 1-23), Novozymes Australia Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor (Overall) in addition to individual awards including the A.P. John Coopers Trophy for Chief Judge’s Wine of Choice for its 2020 Calabria Private Bin Pinot Bianco and Australian Vintage AW Kelly Memorial Trophy for Best Fortified Wine for the McWilliam’s Wines Show Reserve Muscat. 

 

In addition to the major trophies, Calabria also received a top score and gold medal for its Three Bridges Botrytis Semillon 2018. 

 

While many of the country’s regional and national wine shows have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, third-generational Sales & Marketing Director Andrew Calabria welcomes the outstanding results. 

 

“We are beyond thrilled with the outcome from the show as it demonstrates our continued commitment to the Riverina region and the potential it has to produce outstanding wines. We commend the Riverland Wine Show team for putting on a fantastic show despite the challenges presented this year,” Calabria said. 

 

“While the Riverland and surrounding river regions excel at consistently producing top value wines, there’s a movement by producers of all sizes to push the boundaries and showcase the premium side of the river regions and it’s great to see the Riverland Wine Show shining a light on these premium producers. 

 

The Riverland Wine Show has been a forum for the evaluation of wines produced from fruit sourced from the inland irrigated regions of Swan Hill, Murray Darling, Riverina, Rutherglen and Riverland regions. Judges include a mix of winemakers and industry leaders, with Oliver’s Taranga winemaker Corrina Wright as Chief Judge. 

 

Other trophy winners in the competition include Pete’s Pure Shiraz 2021 for Best Wine of Show, Temple Bruer Wines Agonist White Frontignac 2020 for Best Organic / Biodynamic Wine in Show, and the Ricca Terra Fiano 2021 for Best Alternative Wine in Show. 

 

For more information about the Riverland Wine Show, please visit http://www.riverlandwineshow.com.au/ 

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We are pleased to share with you that Calabria Family Wines’ purchase of McWilliam’s Wines is now complete.
Both of our families have a rich heritage, contributing much to the Australian wine industry and the Riverina wine region. While the recent acquisition closes a difficult period for the McWilliam family, I speak for everyone in the Calabria family that we aim to respect their many contributions to the growth of Australian wine and champion the unique attributes that have made the McWilliam’s name celebrated around the world. READ MORE

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AUSTRALIAN WINE BRANDS DEAKIN ESTATE, LA LA LAND AND AZAHARA FIND NEW HOME AT CALABRIA FAMILY WINES

Australian winemaker Calabria Family Wines is welcoming three Australian wine brands to its growing portfolio; Deakin Estate, La La Land and Azahara. The formal agreement is a brand-only sale and transfers ownership of these well-established brands from the Wingara Wine Group, part of Henkell Freixenet, to the Calabria family.

Calabria Family Wines will now produce all of the wines across each of the brands’ portfolios from their Griffith, NSW winery as well as manage marketing across all markets. Calabria Family Wines will continue the current distribution partnership with Red & White for all three brands in Australia. READ MORE

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