Garry Crittenden: Wine ‘Legend’.

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It’s great to see a true legend recognised for his contribution to food and wine in Victoria. In fact, it’s a gesture that could well be extended to a national contribution.

At a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival launch, Garry Crittenden, a vigneron from the Mornington Peninsula, was inducted into the Legends Hall of Fame ‘wine category’.

During each year’s festival, the Food and Wine committee honours a group of people that are adjudged to have made a significant contribution to the advancement of public understanding and awareness in the fields of food and wine in Victoria.

Garry’s citation in the official historical Food and Wine booklet reads as follows:

“Planting his first vines in 1982, Garry has been inducted as a Legend for his pioneering work in introducing new grape varietals to Victoria including barbera, nebbiolo, dolcetto and sangiovese, his commitment to the development of the Mornington Peninsula wine region and for inspiring many Australian winemakers.”

As a food and wine critic I’m especially thankful for the introduction of Sangiovese. This Italian stunner is the perfect match for a diversity of pasta and pizza that can be found at iconic St Kilda venues. Cicciolina’s mushroom and truffle risotto and I Carusi’s basil and buffalo mozzarella wood fired pizza just to name a couple.

In accepting the award, Crittenden emphasised the “inestimable support” received over the past three decades from his wife and children, who “deserve to share the recognition,” adding that “without their patience and forbearance, this award would never have come”.

Garry described the commendation as “a great honour,” to be recognised for introducing new grape varieties and promoting his spiritual and viticultural home, the Mornington Peninsula and to join such an elite band of past and present recipients.

At St Kilda News we congratulate Garry as a true ‘Legend’ and look forward to enjoying those cool climate beauties for many years to come.




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