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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Maker of grape promise

The Mercury: Maker of grape promise [27jul05]

A TASMANIAN woman has been honoured as Australia's best emerging winemaker.

Fran Austin, who manages the Bay of Fires Winery at Pipers River, near Launceston, last night received the Qantas Medal for the most exciting emerging winemaker at the 2005 Qantas/Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards in Melbourne.

Miss Austin, 30, said it was the highlight of her career.

"It's obviously nice to get some recognition for the wines I'm producing, but I think it's also a real validation for the approach Tasmania has taken to produce premium top quality wines," she said last night.

A West Australian, Miss Austin took over operations at Bay of Fires Winery in 2002.



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