With the benefit of using Orange and Mudgee-grown grapes Will Gilbert has won the People's Choice at the Young Gun of Wine Awards.
Mr Gilbert, of Mudgee-based Gilbert Family Wines, was announced the winner at an online ceremony this week.
Gilbert Wines use grapes from two vineyards around Orange and those grown at Mudgee where they also have a cellar door.
The Orange wineries are on Mount Canobolas and at Nashdale.
Mr Gilbert is a sixth-generation winemaker with the family heritage going back tohis great-great-great-grandfather Joseph Gilbert who planted vines in the Eden Valley in 1842.
Hewas the only winemaker from NSW to receive a Young Gun award this year.
Victoria's Loique Allain and Chris Dilworth won the Young Gun of Wine prize and also collected the Best New Act award.
This year's award, in its 14th year, had to be held online due to the coronavirus.
Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting was among a team who shared a video message of congratulations with the finalists.
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