The Halliday Wine Companion Awards

Viticulturist of the Year

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2024 Viticulturist of the Year

Mark Walpole, Fighting Gully Road – Beechworth, Victoria

There isn’t a winemaker alive who doesn’t know that unless all is right in the vineyard there’s only so much that the winemaker can do. The viticulturists – the people who grow the grapes – are therefore a, if not the, crucial part of the puzzle. This award celebrates the people who grow the wines that we love.

Mark tasting a wine in the wineryMark Walpole is the owner, winemaker and viticulturist at Fighting Gully Road.