Coonawarra Vignerons Cup continues to draw support
Imperial Auction raises $16,500 to continue Coonawarra Wine Region grapegrower, winemaker and community support
The 36th Annual Coonawarra Vignerons Cup was held on Thursday 18 January 2018 and the 40 degree temperatures brought the race program earlier creating a restructured day enjoyed by over 700 racegoers in the Coonawarra Vignerons hosted Marquee. Tim Bailey, Cup Committee Chair provided the official welcome to the patrons Wendy Hollick and Doug Bowen, The Member for Barker Tony Pasin, CEO of SAWIA Brian Smedley, Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams and his wife Leonie, TRSA’s Danni Sparkes, Fritz Magazine’s Katie Spain, The Border Watch’s Kelly Costin and Fashions in the Marquee judge Kate Hastings and importantly acknowledged all the contributors and sponsors who make the day possible. This event has become and share the strong sense of community with those that continue to travel from afar to be part of it. “We really value all the partnerships we have built and look forward to developing many more along the way.” Tim Bailey said.
As part of the announcements, Tim Bailey provided an update on the several projects that have secured funding sharing that “Coonawarra is the lead destination for the latest in cutting edge winemaking and viticulture research.” PIRSA, Vinehealth Australia, SAWIA and University of Adelaide were acknowledged for their roles in projects underway, and “Endeavour Drinks Group are sponsoring three of our Winemaking Innovation Projects for the next four years, enabling us to continue our Characterising Australian Cabernet Sauvignon an Australian Research Council (ARC) Project, the Development of novel proximal and remote sending thermography platforms to optimise irrigation scheduling in Coonawarra vineyards in 2018 and we hope to incorporate the Coonawarra Rootstock Trial wine Production Project in 2019.”
There were features on and off the track with Blanco Catering providing a seated breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea keeping all guests nourished and spoilt for choice when it came to the wide selection of Coonawarra world class wines. MC Jane Ferrari, former wine communicator of the year and Auctioneer Miles Pfitzner kept the energy high for an entertaining Auction, where the eight imperials averaged $2063, and the highest bidder taking away the Balnaves of Coonawarra 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon at $3400. The two AP John Coopers’ barrels fetched $1400 and $1500 respectively.
Team Majella were presented with the red jackets taking out the Masters Golf Day.
Fashions in the Marquee was a highlight of the day judged and presented by Kate Hastings of Perception Personal Styling awarding Best Dressed Male to Simon White who had gone to significant effort with hat, cravat and some fine fancy pants. Best Dressed Female sponsored by Deland Engineering was presented to Alicia Mancuso, who was contemporary and on trend in her pink and green dress and matching turban with rose gold accessories taking home the $500 voucher to Balnaves of Penola and Best Millinery presented by Balnaves of Penola Bridget Aldridge was the beneficiary of $200 Balnaves of Penola voucher for her Blue and Yellow millinery and matched outfit.
Many of those who joined us in 2018 have now shared double figure years of consecutive attendance and this is a credit to the Cup Committee, who volunteer their time to create a program that has something for everyone, which included dancing out the day to locally born and bred, Melbourne based musician Shaun Brown with his modern acoustic rock/pop songs.
For those looking to secure a ticket to next year’s event, be quick to register when tickets are released following the Cup Launch in November. Save the date for 17 January 2019 and if you would like to hear more from Jane Ferrari you will catch her at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Shaun Brown will be in Robe on Australia Day performing.
We would like to take the time to thank our sponsors, who we look forward to continuing the partnership and hope that you may have the chance to support also.
Finally, thank you to our contributors to the day, our members, the marquee decorating team of Jane Thring and Jacqui of Travelling Stylist and the generosity of Wagners Rose Nursery for the beautifull fragrant roses, Teys who supplied our beef auction items and all important ice to keep all that water from Aquaessence cool.
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