DIRECTOR OF SPICERS VINEYARDs ESTATE AWARDED ‘RISING STAR OF THE YEAR’ AT HUNTER VALLEY WINE AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION ANNUAL AWARDS
SPICERS Retreats’ Belinda Stapleton was presented with the prestigious ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award at this year’s Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards, held at Wyndham Estate last week.
The criteria for this coveted award, given to those occupied in winemaking, vineyard management, marketing or sales, is an outstanding contribution over the preceding 12 months, showing vast results and achievement.
Belinda, the Director and Joint Owner of Spicers Vineyards Estate in the Hunter Valley, was selected for her involvement in the design and management of extensive building additions to Spicers Vineyards Estate, which generated valuable local employment opportunities, as well as for her mentoring skills which have helped shape the next generation of wine, tourism and hospitality professionals in the Hunter Valley region.
David Assef, Managing Director of Spicers Retreats, comments “Belinda is a huge asset to Spicers Retreats and the local wine making community. We are so proud that amongst a high calibre of nominees she has taken home this award.”
“Her passion and diligence has enabled her to become the first person to receive this award who isn’t a wine maker or from a winemaking family. Her experience as President of the Hunter Valley Sommeliers Group and dedication to showcasing the regions wines no doubt played a part in her success” David goes on to say.
On winning the award Belinda said: “I am honoured to be recognised by my associates, as they have shaped my success in this incredible wine making community. We are all working tirelessly to build and maintain Australia’s oldest wine producing region, so I am so grateful to the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association for celebrating my individual contribution.”
This award joins Belinda’s collection of recent honours from Gourmet Traveller and The Restaurant and Catering Association of Australia.
Spicers Vineyards Estate is a luxurious five star guesthouse set amongst rolling vineyards and native bushland. The estate is a place of fine food and great wine, where appreciating life comes just as naturally as appreciating the latest vintage.