The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia’s premier wine awards. It celebrates excellence in Australian winemaking, showcasing the industry’s diversity and quality, giving Australian wine producers the opportunity to promote their fine wines to both industry and consumers. The RMWA is an essential benchmarking opportunity for the Australian wine industry.
The RMWA is both excited and honoured to have the opportunity to be able to recognise the legacy left by the late Kym Ludvigsen with the new Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence. This trophy was initiated and is proudly sponsored by The Grampians Winemakers Inc and celebrates the grape growers and vineyard managers whose contribution cannot be underestimated in the creation of the very best wines.
The basis of all great wines is the quality of great grapes nurtured and developed in the vineyard. This trophy honours the 40 year legacy left by Kym Ludvigsen, whose passion and dedication to viticulture developed and advanced the landscape of Australian vineyards. The trophy in his name is recognition of excellence in the area of viticulture and goes to the grower or team behind the grapes that produce the single vineyard trophy wine.
Kym Ludvigsen was a grape grower and vigneron from Victoria’s Grampians region, although he also gained practical experience in South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand. He was passionate about viticulture, research and development and vine improvement. In demand at industry conferences and seminars as a speaker, he was a great communicator and inspirational presenter. He was an active participant in many boards and committees relating to viticulture, vineyard improvements and excellence.
The Victorian Trophy for Wines of Provenance will replace the Best Victorian Table Wine Trophy. This trophy is a nod to the wine producer who shows excellence and consistency of style over a minimum of 10 years. This award truly recognises the skill of the winemaker with three vintages of the same wine label being assessed. All wines must be 100% Victorian to be eligible.
Changes to the RMWA committee
The RMWA are driven by an esteemed committee of industry leaders who are joined in 2014 by two new members; internationally acclaimed wine writer and sommelier Matt Skinner and Chris Crawford, Director of Wine at Crown. They join the existing committee members; Phil Sexton; Chair of Committee, Tom Carson; Chair of Judges, David Bicknell, Matt Harrop, Gabrielle Poy, Samantha Isherwood, Nick Stock and Angie Bradbury.