OAM for Viv Thomson

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Congratulations to Viv Thomson, proprietor of Best’s Wines at Great Western, who was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to the wine industry.

The 75-year-old patriarch of Best’s was typically modest, saying any success he’d enjoyed had been the result of team effort, and singled out his wife Christine for special mention. “While I’m very honoured to receive the award, my wife and long-suffering family have been great contributors to the success of the business and my own endeavours,” he said.

Best’s (tastings) is one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wineries: it was established by Henry Best in 1866 and bought by the Thomson family in 1920. Viv (or Eric Vivian, to give him his full name) is a Roseworthy graduate and still a director of the winery. He completed his 54th vintage at Best’s this year.

Best’s is run by fifth generation Thomson family member Ben – son of Viv and Chris – and is known for having in its vineyards some of the oldest shiraz and pinot noir vines in the world. The 2012 vintages of Bests’ two top shirazes, the Thomson Family Shiraz (tasting) and Bin No. 0 Shiraz (tasting), both scored gold-medal points in my recent tastings. They rank among the great wines of Australia. www.bestswines.com

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