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Australian Cider Awards winners announced

Cider Australia has announced the winners of the 2022 Australian Cider Awards at a gala dinner in the Adelaide Hills.

William Smith & Sons from the Huon Valley in Tasmania won Best in Show, the Best Traditional Cider and Most Successful Larger Producer trophies, with their Heritage Blend Apple Cider wowing the judges with its deep apple characters, balanced tannins and lingering, bold finish.

Hosted by Cider Australia and supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, the Awards promotes and rewards excellence in cider production.

This is the 11th national show and the first presentation event to be held in South Australia.

President of Cider Australia Warwick Billings said running the 2022 Awards to its traditional Spring schedule and with an international guest judge – Yann Gilles from France – was a significant achievement in a climate of ongoing disruption and uncertainty.

A field of 212 Australian and international entries across 24 classes was judged by a panel of respected industry professionals led by chief judge Sebastian Crowther MS of Real Wines.

Nine gold medals and eight trophies were awarded.

2022 Australian Cider Award Trophy winners:

Best in Show: William Smith & Sons with Heritage Blend Apple Cider (TAS)
Best New World Cider: The Hills Cider Company with Apple Cider (SA)
Best Traditional Cider: William Smith & Sons with Heritage Blend Apple Cider (TAS)
Best Perry: Core Cider with Perilous 2020 (WA)
Best Specialty Cider or Perry: Roleystone Brewing Co with Rosé Cheeks (WA)
Best Intensified / Distilled Cider or Perry: Carmel Cider Company with Apple Brandy (WA)
Most Successful Small Producer: LOBO Juice and Cider (SA)
Most Successful Larger Producer: William Smith & Sons (TAS)

For a full list of award and medal winners, click here.

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