Multi-award winning Blackenbrook Vineyard scores another impressive industry accolade
Multi-award winning Tasman winemaker Daniel Schwarzenbach of Blackenbrook Vineyard has scored another impressive
industry accolade by winning a gold medal and the trophy for Best Gewürztraminer at the prestigious annual Bragato Wine
Awards held in Napier on 27 August.
This is the fifth ‘best wine in class’ award at a national competition for the family owned and run vineyard and it
cements Blackenbrook’s reputation for producing outstanding aromatic wines.
Bragato Wine Awards are noteworthy because they recognise the grape grower rather than the vineyard and are awarded by
“We put our heart and soul into our wines,” said Daniel Schwarzenbach speaking from Germany where he is currently
judging wine at the Mundus Vini International Wine Awards.
“Accolades such as the Bragato trophy tell us that we are achieving something really special here. We are humbled by
this recognition from our peers.”
Producing beautiful Gewürztraminer is the realisation of a long-cherished dream for the Schwarzenbachs.
“Before starting our vineyard I worked as a cellar hand for Alsace’s Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, one of the top
Gewürztraminer producers worldwide,” said Daniel. “It was a fantastic experience and I couldn’t wait to get home to our
patch of Tasman paradise to start planting our own aromatics.”
Ursula Schwarzenbach said that achieving another national award is a very proud moment for a small vineyard in a very
competitive industry. “Gewürztraminer is a variety that we have been working really hard on and it’s very exciting to
see that our work is paying off in the glass.”