Bendigo wineries have dominated at two key industry awards this week.
Six local wineries picked up a total of three gold, five silver and 13 bronze awards at the 2011 Winewise Small Vignerons Awards in Canberra.
Standouts include Balgownie Estate who won one gold, two silver and two bronze.
And Harcourt Valley Vineyards who gained a trophy, one gold and three bronze.
Other winners include Sandhurst Ridge Winery, Bendigo Wine Estate and BlackJack Wines.
Local wines also beat-out the competition at the Boutique Wine Awards held in Sydney, with five local wineries receiving awards.
Competition favourites Balgownie Estate won a silver for their 2009 Chardonnay and a bronze for their 2009 Black Label Chardonnay.
While BlackJack Wines won a gold medal for the 2008 Major’s Line Shiraz and a Silver for their 2009 Shiraz.
Glenwillow Vineyard and Sandhurst Ridge Winery also gained some recognition for their shiraz wines.
President of Bendigo Winegrowers Association Paul Jenkins said the prestigious awards show just how hard the local wine region is working.
“These results are strong for our region,” he said.
“It is important that we produce wines that get noticed for quality and that’s what these industry wine shows are all about.”Balgownie Estate, BlackJack Wines, Harcourt Valley Vineyards, Pondalowie and Turner’s Crossing also achieved the much-lauded status of five stars.