The 2021 Hunter Valley Wine Show was held on the 5th November 2021 and while the celebrations were pared back due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the incredible calibre of wines produced in Australia's oldest wine region.

Mount Pleasant received numerous gold medals at the show, and was awarded two trophies throughout the presentation.

The first of which was for our NV Aged Liqueur Verdelho which has received the Trevor Drayton Memorial Trophy for Best Fortified Wine.

Secondly, we have been awarded the Iain Riggs Wine of Provenance trophy for the 2009, 2014 and 2019 Lovedale Semillons. This award is designed to recognise and celebrate wines of exceptional provenance reflecting consistency of style and quality over time.

Interestingly, each of these vintages were produced by a different Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker with grapes grown by a different Viticulturist, and yet a stunning wine was produced each vintage – a true testament to the unique character of those lovely Semillon vines on Wine Country Drive and the commitment to quality Mount Pleasant Wines demonstrates.

This is a credit to every vineyard and winery team member who has worked with the Lovedale Vineyard since its planting 75 years ago. We here at Mount Pleasant know how special the Lovedale Vineyard, and more broadly Hunter Valley Semillon, is and this recognition could not have come at a better time as we celebrate 100 Years of Mount Pleasant!


Our third Chief Winemaker, Phil Ryan, sums up this achievement perfectly: “A great result with the Wine of Provenance and further acknowledgment of this unique viticultural resource. From Lovedale’s very beginnings with the 1950 vintage, it has consistently proven to be the quintessential expression of quality Hunter Valley Semillon both in youth and maturity. A boundless future awaits!”
A huge congratulations to all the viticulturists and winemakers who have made Lovedale Semillon what it is today.