Clonakilla joins Australia's First Families of Wine

Clonakilla joins Australia's First Families of Wine

Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) is thrilled to announce the inclusion of two iconic wineries, Best’s Great Western and Clonakilla, into its prestigious group.

This expansion elevates the AFFW membership to twelve, further strengthening the collective’s mission to celebrate and promote the excellence, heritage, and diversity of Australian wine around the world.

Strict criteria govern membership to this prestigious group, of which multi-generational succession is only the beginning. Also important are exceptional vineyard sites exemplifying the best of terroir as well as ‘iconic wines’ of lengthy pedigree.

Environmental best practice and a long-term commitment to exporting their wines to the world are also paramount to the collective.

Tim Kirk shared his thoughts:

"Australia's First Families of Wine is a powerful vision, highlighting a vital dimension of wine in Australia: the contribution of families! We are honoured to join such a brilliant community of passionate, like-minded wine families with a proven, multi-generational commitment to quality and innovation."

Chester Osborn, the 8th Chairman of AFFW warmly welcomed the new members:

“We are delighted to have Best’s Great Western and Clonakilla join AFFW. Both wineries exemplify the dedication to quality, heritage, and family values that define our group.

"Their inclusion not only strengthens our collective mission to promote and celebrate the rich diversity of Australian wine but also enhances the depth of our shared stories and experiences.

"As we navigate these challenging times, the history and authenticity of our member families become our most valuable assets, guiding us in preserving our extraordinary legacies and fostering resilience and innovation."

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