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Margan Wines toasts a year to remember

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For the esteemed Margan family of winemakers, 2021 has definitely been a year to remember.

While COVID-19 continues to disrupt all industries, from hospitality to tourism, the Broke-based business remains one of the sector’s leading lights.

Top dog Andrew Margan was named Winemaker of the Year while Nicole Brasier took out the Hunter’s Rising Star award.

Margan Restaurant also secured the Best Wedding Venue in NSW honours.

In fact, the silverware has poured in from shows all around the country in acknowledgement of Margan’s single vineyard and sustainably-farmed wines.

And, not to be outdone, Lisa Margan received recognition for her Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the Hunter Culinary Association’s (HCA) annual presentation.

The honour is specifically presented to a person who has been instrumental over a number of years in representing the Hunter region’s gastronomic industry with distinction.

“I am very proud and humbled by the award,” she said.

“I’ve been on the HCA executive for more than a decade, many of that as deputy chair and have loved working alongside a group of passionate industry professionals.

“I’ve worked in this region for several years now and it has been inspiring to witness the rise and rise of the culinary scene in the Hunter.

“We have such quality and diversity from casual dining all the way through to the hatted restaurants.

“So, it is great to see the region truly ‘on the map’ for the food and wine lover.

“HCA supports the people (seniors and juniors alike), food and wine producers and venues in this industry across our region – and I have loved being part of that.

“I’m also proud to be the first woman (solely) to be awarded this and I look forward to applauding many more as there are so many in our industry quietly achieving great things.”

HCA chairman Gus Maher lavished praise on the contribution of Ms Margan.

“Lisa has arguably done more than anyone to raise the profile of both food and wine, which are inextricably linked to tourism in the Hunter,” he said.

“She’s retiring from our committee after 11 years of service to the industry.

“In that time, she has been instrumental in both the promotion of our industry, but also in achieving our other key aim which is nurturing young and aspiring chefs through the HCA suite of scholarships.”

It was a special occasion for Margan in more ways than one.

Brittany Watts secured the HCA Rising Star award for an up-and-coming front of house professional.

Harrison Roese was named a preliminary finalist for the prestigious Brett Graham Award, which will see one young chef win $10,000 to propel them towards working in London at the eponymous The Ledbury Restaurant, which will be announced in 2022.

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