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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Tassy winemaker honoured

Australian Wine Society: "Tassy winemaker honoured
From a Hardy's press release:

A winemaker born in Western Australia, educated in South Australia and now based in Tasmania has won one of Australia�s most prestigious awards for young winemakers. Ms Fran Austin, Winemaker/Manager at Bay of Fires Winery in Tasmania, was last night named winner of the Qantas Medal, awarded to the country�s most exciting emerging winemaker aged 32 and under.

The Qantas Medal forms part of the prestigious 2005 Qantas/Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards. Ms Austin, 30, was selected by a panel of six wine industry experts, from an extensive field of young and talented winemakers.

Born and raised in Western Australia, Ms Austin moved to South Australia in the early 1990s to study, graduating in 1995 from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology).
Over the next six years she exacted her craft working in some of the world�s premier wine growing districts, including the Yarra Valley in Victoria and Margaret River in Western Australia, as well as in the United States and France.

In 2002, at the age of 27, Ms Austin was appointed Winemaker / Manager at Bay of Fires Winery in the Pipers River region of Tasmania, to oversee production of the Hardy Wine Company�s prestige cold climate wines produced under the Bay of Fires and Tigress labels."

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