A coffee table book about the iconic Penfolds Grange wine brand, crafted from the writing skills of Philip White, the photography of Milton Wordley and the design of John Nowland, had won the silver Coffee Table book medal at the 18th annual American Independent Book Publisher Awards.
A Year in the Life of Grange, produced in the home of Grange, South Australia, follows a bottle of the famous Penfolds wine over the course of a year. The book is also shortlisted for International Wine Book of the Year at the Gourmand International Wine and Cook Book Awards, described as the “Oscars of the wine and food book awards”.
SA Tourism Minister Leon Bignell congratulated the book’s producers for their achievement.
“Milton, Philip and John have produced a superb photo-essay book about one of our State’s most internationally-recognisable brands – Penfold’s Grange – and they richly deserve the rave reviews the book has received,” he said.
In his review of the book, highly-respected wine expert James Halliday stated that “I have well over a thousand wine books in my library, and only one comes close to this”.
Milton Wordley said he’s very proud that the book was 100% locally produced.
“The book was printed in South Australia by Finsbury Green, and hand-bound locally at Chasdor Bindery,” he said.
“It now joins six other finalists to be judged at the 2014 World Wine Book of the Year Award in Beijing later this month as part of the International Gourmand Wine and Cook Book Awards. It’s one of only two books short-listed in two categories, and joins five other finalists in the Photo/Illustration category.”
Milton is leaving for Beijing next week, and will join South Australia’s Dorinda Hafner at the awards ceremony. Dorinda’s recent book Honey I Shrunk the Chef is a finalist as well in the Cook Book section.
Minister Bignell said the success of the book will focus further international attention on South Australia’s wine regions.
“Our reputation for premium food and wine is already helping to attract increasing numbers of international visitors to South Australia, and the success of this book can only boost international interest in SA as a travel destination,” he said.
According to the American Independent Book Publishers website, the awards are the world’s largest and most diverse book competition, with more than 5,500 entries from the United States and 33 other countries.
The silver medal will be awarded at a ceremony in New York in late May.