Australia’s Winemaker of the Year 2018: Paul Hotker, Bleasdale

The first bottles of Bleasdale Wines in Ireland landed into our small (and constantly freezing cold!) warehouse in Bandon in late 2009. We were just over a year old and planning our first direct shipments from Australia the following Spring.

This historic, fifth generation family winery was a coup for two guys still getting their wine business off the ground. Two years later Bleasdale reached the benchmark for Australia’s top tier of wineries when they received 5 star accreditation from James Halliday, a status they’ve held onto ever since.

This year, the winery’s bagged one of Halliday’s very top gongs with winemaker Paul Hotker being named Australian Winemaker of the Year for 2018!

It’s the first time a winemaker from the Langhorne Creek wine region has been selected for the coveted award and we’re chuffed to bits for Paul, one of the most talented but modest and affable people you could ever meet.


Michael Kane, Curious Wines with Paul Hotker, Bleasdale

Halliday, who named Langhorne Creek the “most underrated region in Australia”, has been a strong supporter of Paul’s winemaking talents for several years, recognising his “extraordinary skill” in nurturing high quality fruit into outstanding wines. The 2018 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion sees a swag of Bleasdale wines rated 95 points or above.

We’re still so proud to represent Bleasdale in Ireland. Now you can taste Australia’s very best for 2018.

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