Seville Estate has been named Winery of the Year by leading wine expert James Halliday at the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
The winery was founded in 1972 by Dr Peter and Margaret McMahon and has been at the forefront of the modern Yarra Valley wine movement for 40 years.
While other wineries have planted in proven grounds, Seville Estate’s roots are set in the soil of the Upper Yarra Valley at an elevation of 200 metres, away from the valley crowds.
The cooler climate is expressed in its signature Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.
Today the winery is owned by wine retailer Yiping Wang, but the McMahon connection remains in chief wine-maker and general manager, Dylan McMahon, who joined Seville Estate in 1998 and is following the passion ignited by his grandparents a generation before.
Each year James Halliday and his tasting panel determine the best from a pool of several thousand wines featured in the annual Halliday Wine Companion Guide, which is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine.
In addition to the prestigious Winery of the Year award, Seville Estate’s 2017 release includes 10 outstanding wines awarded with 95 points or more including its signature Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ranges.
Mr McMahon said he was honoured to accept the award which was presented at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne on Wednesday 1 August.
“Seville Estate has been consistently producing great wines ever since my grandfather Peter McMahon first planted the vineyard,” he said.
“I feel the success is attributed to a combination of factors, location, vine material and a good understanding of the vineyard that can be translated into the wine-making.
“My grandmother Margaret chose this site for its sheer beauty and it was Pete’s drive and determination to make great cool climate wines from it.
“Our team work hard to ensure this vision continues.”
The Seville Estate 2017 wine release was produced from 26 acres of estate vineyard and will be released on allocation from Friday 5 October.