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A&S Shiraz Voted Best Barossa Shiraz in Global Competition
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We very pleased to learn that we had achieved the double distinction of being awarded “Best in Class” for 2003 Barossa Valley Shiraz at the recent International Wine & Spirit Competition, and of receiving excellent ratings for all its four current vintages in the new James Halliday Wine Companion.

The IWSC results, announced in London in August 2006 gave the Shiraz a coveted 1st prize ahead of such established wines such as Wolf Blass Platinum Label and Penfold’s RWT. To mark a complete sweep our 3 other wines were also given medals in their respective categories.

Also, in the recently published 2007 James Halliday Wine Companion, we received a 93/100 for both our 2005 Clare Valley Riesling and our 2004 Yarra Valley Chardonnay.
The 2003 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon was rated at 90, while the 2003 Barossa Valley Shiraz received 88.

This means that 7 out of our 8 wines made to date have been rated by Halliday as 4.5 Star Wines. According to Halliday 4.5 stars means “Highly recommended. Wines of great quality, style and character worthy of a place in any cellar’.

Brett said “We are so pleased by this news. To be awarded such honours ahead of such exalted company is just amazing.

It means that we are doing what we set out to do – produce great wines at accessible prices, wines that showcase Australia’s unique terroir”.
  • IWSC James Halliday
    Results 2006 (PDF)

  • IWSC James Halliday
    Results 2006 (Word)

  • James Halliday
    Results 2005 (PDF)

  • James Halliday
    Results 2005 (Word)

  • A&S Wines served to
    The British Royal
    Family (PDF)


Lord Mayor’s Banquet Honour for A&S

We were very excited to learn that our 2005 Clare Valley Riesling was specially selected for 2006's Lord Mayor’s Banquet, held at the Guildhall in London in November 2006. This event is one of the definitive events on the social and political calendar in the UK.

Traditionally the Prime Minister uses the event to make a major foreign policy speech, and attendees include members of the Royal Family and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Brett said. “We have had an amazing couple of years in terms of awards and events, but this is something very special”.

A&S available in “Australia’s Best Restaurant”

Vue De Monde, which opened in 2000 in Melbourne, has long been regarded as Melbourne’s best restaurant. Chef Shannon Bennett’s refreshing cuisine has also now been recognised as the best in Australia. We are proud suppliers of this wonderful restaurant!
(and frequent customers!)

A&S now available in Claridges and The Savoy”

We are proud to be able to say that our wines are now available in Claridges and The Savoy in London, two of the world’s most distinguished hotels. .


Ainsworth & Snelson have been awarded a '5-Star Winery' rating in the new James Halliday 2008 Australian Wine Companion. For more details click here.

A&S 2003 Barossa Valley Shiraz Voted “Best in Class”
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Press Interview:
Ainsworth & Snelson Co-Founder Gregg Ainsworth interviewed by Wine Business Magazine (Sep 05) PDF 542KB
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