2016 marked Cellarmasters' 34th year in business. From a team of just four people in a tiny Sydney office in 1982, today we have over 200 wine loving staff in our Surry Hills office, plus our Barossa Valley warehouse. Over the years, much has changed in our industry but the one thing that has remained the same is our passion for wine.
Award-winning winemaker, Ben Riggs, has crafted our anniversary wine
Someone else who shares our passion for wine is award-winning winemaker, Ben Riggs. During his career, Ben has produced 42 vintages and won 44 trophies and titles, including Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year in 2005 and 2013. He also holds a Flying Winemaker badge - which is as interesting as it sounds! He's a frequent traveller to worldwide wine destinations including the south of France, the Napa Valley in California, Greece and Italy. However, Ben's first love is Shiraz and the McLaren Vale wine region.
We were very excited that Ben was involved in the making of our Cellarmasters anniversary edition wine. To mark the special occasion, we offered customers a Langhorne Creek Shiraz from 5 Star Halliday-rated winery, Zonte's Footstep. A South Australian success story, Zonte's Footstep was established in 2003 and has quickly become one of the state's most renowned producers. This is in no small part due to the considerable talents of award-winning winemaker, Ben Riggs.
For our anniversary wine, Ben personally selected prime parcels of premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz to craft this stunning drop. Ben described this Shiraz as being "Loaded with juicy plum, berry and spice flavours, this is a premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz that I know you'll love!".