Jones on a wine high – Siobhan and Bruce Jones with their award-winning drop. 57680 Picture: Kim Cartmell

By Jade Lawton
A LOCAL winery has been recognised in the prestigious Le Concours des Vins du Victoria.
The awards, judged by a panel led by renowned Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Chapoutier, celebrate Victoria’s wine industry.
Woongarra Estate in Narre Warren East won gold in the White Aromatic Wines Category with it’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, in a field of 70 wines.
Siobhan Jones said the small family-owned winery was happy with the results.
“It has a nice fresh acidity, the grapes were really ripe and clean and we managed to preserve a lot of the fruit flavours in the nose,” she said.
“It’s very approachable, you can drink it by itself before dinner or with cheese.”
Siobhan’s father, Bruce Jones, planted the vines in 1991.
She is now in the process of taking over the reins of the business.
“I’ve studied in France and done three vintages there for the past three years,” she said.
“Both my cousin and I also studied in Ballymaloe cooking school in Ireland.”
Woongarra Estate will open its Cellar Door in the next few weeks, and will soon open for Sunday lunch for the first time, offering tapas and barbecue.