To close the Young Guns of Wine Festival last night, the winner of the award for 2010 was announced at The Supper Club. This notable award in wine making by a young winemaker was given to Rollo Crittenden of Crittenden Estate on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. After working both in the wine industries at home and abroad in California, Oregon, Italy and the Hunter Valley, Crittenden has won the award for his work tending to the vineyards at the family winery.
Rollo struck a cord for his wine making in many categories including style, packaging and pitch, and was presented the wine bottle/gun barrel trophy by a panel of wine industry types including chief judge Nick Stock, Young Gun of Wine founder Rory Kent, wine writers Max Allen and Philip Rich, and last year’s winner Colin McBryde of Some Young Punks.
Also announced at the event last night was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, with Franco d’Anna of Hoddles Creek taking out the popularly voted accolade. D’Anna too has wine trade in his blood, making the winning pinot blanc for his family's winery, also in Victoria.