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Icons Of Whisky Australia Reveals 2019 Finalists

Tasmania's Lark Distillery. Pic supplied.

The finalists for the Icons Of Whisky Australia 2019 have been announced across distilleries, brand ambassadors and retailers.

This is the second year that Australia has had its own arm of the awards, which are nominated and voted for by the industry. Once again the finalists are a mix of established whisky distillers in Australia and emerging – some of which do not yet have whisky on the market.

Familiar names like the New World Whisky Distillery – home of Starward – have received six nominations, Sullivan’s Cove six, Belgrove four and Lark four.

Winners will be announced Monday 27 August at a dinner at the Adelaide Oval.

See the list of nominations below:

COMPANY AWARDS

Brand Innovator

  • Belgrove Distillery
  • Eastview Estate Distillery
  • Great Southern Distillery
  • Ironbark Distillery
  • McLaren Vale Distillery
  • New World Whisky Distillery
  • Ostra Distillers

Craft Producer

  • Baldwin Distillery
  • Belgrove Distillery
  • Black Gate Distillery
  • Eastview Distillery
  • Fleurieu Distillery
  • Ironbark Distillery
  • McLaren Vale Distillery
  • Tin Shed Distillery

Distiller Of The Year

  • Bakery Hill Distillery
  • Great Southern Distillery
  • Hellyers Road Distillery
  • Lark Distillery
  • Mt Uncle Distillery
  • New World Whisky Distillery
  • Ostra Distillers
  • Sullivan’s Cove
  • Whipper Snapper Distillery

Visitor Attraction

  • Belgrove Distillery
  • Great Southern Distillery
  • Helleyers Road Distillery
  • Lark Distillery Tour
  • New World Whisky Distillery
  • Sullivan’s Cove Distillery
  • Whipper Snapper Distillery

RETAILER AWARDS

Travel Retailer

  • Aelia (Adelaide)
  • F1RST Tax & Duty Free (Melbourne)
  • Heinemann (Sydney)
  • JR/Duty Free (Brisbane)
  • JR/Duty Free (Canberra)
  • JR/Duty Free (Darwin)
  • JR/Duty Free (Perth)

Supermarket

  • 1st Choice
  • BWS
  • Dan Murphy’s
  • IGA
  • Vintage Cellars

Single Outlet Retailer

  • Carwyn Cellars (Victoria)
  • Cassa De Vinos (Victoria)
  • Destination Cellars (Tasmania)
  • Leura Cellars (New South Wales)
  • Malt Traders (Queensland)
  • Nicks Wine Merchants (Victoria)
  • The Oak Barrel (New South Wales)
  • Wigs Cellars (Victoria)
  • World of Whisky (New South Wales)

Online Retailer

  • Boozebud – boozebud.com
  • Casa de Vinos – casadevinos.com.au
  • Copper and Oak – Copperandoak.com.au
  • Harvest Liquor – harvestliquor.com.au
  • My Bottle Shop – mybottleshop.com.au
  • Nicks Wine Merchants – nicks.com.au
  • The Whisky Company – thewhiskycompany.com.au

Multiple Outlet Retailer

  • Bottle House
  • Camperdown Cellars
  • Chambers Cellars
  • Hurley Cellars
  • Star Liquor
  • Wine Republic

PEOPLE AWARDS

  • Belgrove Distillery – Peter Bignell
  • Fleurieu Distillery – Angela Andrews
  • Great Southern Distillery – Cameron Syme
  • Sullivan’s Cove – Patrick Maguire
  • The McLaren Vale Distillery – John Rochford
  • Tin Shed Distillery – Ian Schmidt
  • Whipper Snapper – Jimmy McKeown

Visitor Attraction Manager

  • Emma Alessandrini – Redlands Distillery
  • Sullivan’s Cover Distillery – Tom Ambroz
  • New World Whisky Distillery – Paul Slater
  • Whipper Snapper – Barry Deimos

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador

  • Adam Smith – Brown Forman
  • Dan Woolley – The Exchange
  • David Cross – Moet Hennessy
  • James Buntin – The Whisky Ambassador
  • Linus Schaxmann – Brown Forman
  • Mark Hickey – Spirits Platform
  • Matt Bailey – SMWS Australia
  • Michael Riitano – Vintage House
  • Richard Blanchard – Southtrade International
  • Ross Blainey – William Grant
  • Simon McGoram – Diageo

World Whisky Brand Ambassador

  • Bill Lark – Lark Distillery
  • Don Jennings – Hellyers Rd Distillery
  • Fred Siggins – Sullivan’s Cove
  • Joey Tai – Baranows Emporium
  • Kathleen Davies – Nip of Courage
  • Michael Thomas – The Exchange
  • Mouro Ribeiro – Cerbarco
  • Paul Slater – New World Distillery
  • Sneha Rao – Paul John Single Malt

Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador

  • Kate Moran – Pernod Richard
  • Martin Lynch – Teeling Asia Pacific
  • Scott Farrow – Wonderland Drinks

American Whiskey Brand Ambassador

  • Danielle Pirott – Campari
  • Gee David – Southtrade International
  • Grant Shearon – Brown Forman
  • James France – Vanguard
  • Michael Nouri – The Exchange

Master Distiller/Master Blender

  • Ben Kagi – Great Southern distillery
  • Chris Thompson – Lark Distillery
  • Dawid Ostrowski – Ostra Distillers
  • Heather Tillott – Sullivan’s Cove
  • Lachlan Rockfort – Mclaren Vale Distillery
  • Mark Littler – Hellyers Road
  • Reg Papps – Ironbark Distillery
  • Sam Slaney – New World Distillery

WHISKY BAR AWARDS

Bar Of The Year

  • Cobbler (Queensland)
  • Elysian (Victoria)
  • Gold Bar Hobart (Tasmania)
  • Haines & Co (South Australia)
  • Helvetica (Western Australia)
  • Hippo Co (ACT)
  • Mjolner, Sydney (New South Wales)
  • Mollys (ACT)
  • Nola (South Australia)
  • Society Salamanca (Tasmania)
  • The Baxter Inn (New South Wales)
  • The Gresham (Queensland)
  • Webster’s (New South Wales)
  • Whisky & Alement (Victoria)

Bar Group Of The Year

  • GHANEM Group
  • Merivale
  • Pocket Group
  • Sand Hill Road
  • Solotel
  • Speakeasy Group
  • Swillhouse

Hotel Bar Of The Year

  • Como Hotel & Resorts – Halford Bar
  • Crown Towers Perth – The Waiting Room
  • Four Seasons Sydney – Grain Bar
  • Hilton Adelaide
  • Hilton Sydney – Zeta Bar
  • Langham Hotel
  • Macq01 – Hobart
  • MayFair
  • QT Canberra

 

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