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Hentley Farm wins the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy

07 November, 2022

Hentley Farm, has taken out Australia’s most prestigious wine award at the Melbourne Royal Wine Show.

“We are very proud with the continued recognition we have received at the largest and most respected wine shows in the country for 2021 Old Legend Grenache. But to take home the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, is the epitome of success.”



The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy is the one award, the pinnacle in the wine industry and embodiment of excellence that every winery dreams of winning.

It’s with great excitement, and on Hentley Farm’s 25th Anniversary, Hentley Farm finished the wine show circuit strong by winning this coveted trophy for the 2021 Old Legend Grenache.

Established in 1962, The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy is presented in recognition of services rendered to the advancement of the Australian wine industry by the late Jimmy Watson. The trophy is awarded to the best one or two year old red wine.

The Melbourne Royal Wine Show is recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious and influential wine shows boasting some of the most highly qualified and knowledgeable judges. Judges sampled more than 2395 wines from 411 exhibitors, and awarded 151 Gold, 254 Silver and 638 Bronze Medals – a true reflection of the quality of Australian wines. But it was the 2021 Old Legend Grenache they found to be the top drop.

In addition to winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy, the 2021 Old Legend Grenache also won the Best Grenache of Show, now a third time winner of this trophy, having won at two other capital city wine shows; Brisbane and Sydney.

Hentley Farm Chief winemaker, Andrew Quin, is thrilled to receive this recognition;

“It’s the trophy every winery in Australia hopes to win. Knowing we won Best Grenache of Show at Brisbane, Sydney and then crowned again in Melbourne, we knew we were in for a fighting chance.”

“It is now a total of 9 trophies in 3 years for this wine. It brings me great excitement to share this remarkable win with our Hentley Farm team, the Barossa community and our members.”

This win demonstrates the growing popularity of Grenache as a single varietal, showing time and time again it is a force to be reckoned with.

It’s another victory for Hentley Farm and Grenache lovers.

The Old Legend Grenache