Excellent day for cup

PERFECT weather greeted racegoers for the 32nd annual Coonawarra Vignerons Cup last Thursday.

With temperatures around the 30 degree mark and the sun shining all day, no one could complain about the conditions.

Coonawarra Vignerons Cup committee chairman Tim Bailey lauded the day a success for both the vignerons and the racing club.

"It was a very successful day from both a vignerons and racing club perspective," he told the Herald.

The vignerons marquee was packed with 620 guests who enjoyed a great day of good wine and good food.

Both the calcutta and imperial auctions were very well received according to Mr Bailey - especially the imperial auction.

The eight imperials sold for an average of $1034.

"It was a very, very good average," Mr Bailey said.

"We actually sold six less imperials than last year but raised the same amount of money."

The top wine sold was a Petaluma that sold for an impressive $1700.

The proceeds of the auction will go to a charity decided in the near future.

There was a good field of close to 20 for the fashions on the field - which was won by Anita Beagan of Penola.

Wine critic Nick Stock was master of ceremonies for the day, doing a great job.

"Nick was an excellent MC," Mr Bailey said.

"He added his touch of insight into wine and cracked a few jokes which kept everyone in good spirits - the day ran pretty smoothly."

The day before the races the inaugural Coonawarra Masters golf ambrose was held with the Leconfield team - including Mr Bailey - taking top honours.

Mr Bailey thanked all the wineries for their support as well as the committee for their hard work in making the cup day a success.

"The day really reflected on their efforts," he concluded.

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