True Stories: Portraits of Barossa Winemakers by Bernadette Kaeding has won ‘Best Wine Writing Book’ in Australia in the Gourmand International Book Awards. It will now go on to compete in its category for ‘Best in the World’, to be announced in Yantai, China on May 28th.
This is the first book Bernadette, a photographic artist, has published. Together with her family, she owns a small winery, Rojomoma Red Art, in the Barossa. It was through relationships with her own customers that she realised how much wine lovers want to get to know the winemakers behind the brands, and so what was originally a photographic series for exhibition grew into a book.
The book is a collection of portraits of Barossa winemakers with their hobbies. Along with the accompanying stories, the winemakers’ personalities are revealed and interesting tales are shared. The whimsical, quirky nature to the images and narrative show the individuals in a relaxed situation. As a collective, the characters in the book display a snap shot of a section of today’s Barossa culture.
Reviewing the book, James Halliday, respected wine critic who has contributed to more than 56 books on wine says: “Let no one think this is simply a human version of Wine Dogs. It’s a great deal more than that; Bernadette is a superb photographer with great imagination, a great sense of humour, and writes with flair. Every photograph and its accompanying story is a joy to look at and to read. It’s hard to say more, so compelling are the images. One wouldn’t normally expect to use the words ‘page turner’ (more often used for a well written crime thriller), but once you open the book, you will be swept along through to the finish.”
For more information please contact Bernadette Kaeding on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0421 272 336