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Welcome to the June 2011 edition of "The Trellis Wire", 201's periodical newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with our latest news and special offers.

In this issue:-

Geoff Schippers & Barbara Smith
201 wins three more medals at the 2011 Cairns Show Wine Awards

At what has turned out to be our most successful wine show to date, 201 was awarded three medals at the 2011 Cairns Show Wine Awards recently.

201's 2009 Sparkling Chambourcin was the first recipient, winning a Bronze Medal in the Sparkling Red category open to all vintage and non-vintage sparkling red wines. It was the only Chambourcin to be entered in it's category, and it out-pointed a number of entries from much larger brands including Jacob's Creek and Casella's "Yellow Tail" label.

A Bronze Medal was also awarded to our 2010 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, making it our second multiple award-winning wine. It also outscored some of the industry big guns including McWilliams, Wyndham Estate and Evans & Tate. And last but by no means least, our 2010 Chambourcin earned 201 our third Bronze Medal at the show and in the process claimed the honour of being the highest-ranked Chambourcin in the entire show!

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Online petition to stop Coal Seam Gas mining in the Hunter Valley closes 30th June 2011

You may remember us raising the potential threat posed by Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining in the Hunter Valley in an earlier issue of The Trellis Wire. Unfortunately for the viticulture industry, not to mention the wider community at large, the majority of NSW state politicians appear unwilling to join the growing chorus for a moratorium on further CSG exploration until the full environmental impacts of fracking are investigated. As a result, the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association (HVWIA) has launched an online petition calling for the protection of established Geographical Indication (GI) areas in the Hunter Valley from CSG mining. All supporters are urged to sign the petition by the 30th June (I know that's not long but better later than never) in the hope of reaching our goal of 10,000 signatures.

To sign the petition and help us take a step towards protecting the future of the Hunter Valley as a premier wine-growing and tourism region, please Click Here and follow the instructions.

The Hunter Valley is not the only area in NSW under threat from CSG mining and fracking. If you, like us, care about the risk to our drinking water and other natural resources, we would urge you to support other groups like ours who are taking up the fight against this potentially catastrophic practice.

Or, if you haven't yet seen the devastating effects that CSG mining has had in the USA for yourself, click here to see the "Gasland" trailer.