Brancott Vineyards experienced back-to-back accolades this summer. Brancott, known as Montana Wines outside the U.S., was awarded five gold medals at the 2000 InterVin International Wine Competition, judged concurrently in Toronto and New York. Last month, Brancott's parent company also received the 2000 Corporate Bravery Award in Sydney, Australia for a successful HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising campaign.

The 2000 InterVin Competition, held in May, included more than 2,000 wines from 25 countries. Brancott Vineyards was awarded gold medals for their 1999 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 1998 Renwick Estate Chardonnay, 1998 Patutahi Estate Gewurtztraminer, 1999 Reserve Chardonnay and 1998 Reserve Merlot. One of the most recognized brands at the InterVin Competition, Brancott also received the Andrew Sharp Award of Excellence, for achieving five gold medals in the competition.

"American and Canadian awareness of New Zealand Wines is still in its infancy. Winning multiple gold medals in a major North American wine competition such as this, plays an important role in growing the recognition and reputation of our company's wines," stated Jim Robertson, Business Development Manager for Brancott Wines.

On July 20, The Australian Financial Review Magazine awarded the National Sponsorship award for Corporate Bravery to Montana Wines. The award recognizes the success of the ongoing Red Ribbon campaign, a joint initiative between Montana wines and the AIDS Trust of Australia. The campaign seeks to raise medical funds and promote community awareness of HIV/AIDS.

"We recognize that we have more than just an economic contribution to make to the community, it's natural to support community causes where we can have a positive influence," stated Peter Hubscher, Managing Director for Montana Wines.

The Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Company, a division of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., with principal offices in San Mateo and Napa Valley, California and New York City, produces and markets the wines of Sterling Vineyards, Tessera, The Monterey Vineyard and the sparkling wines of Mumm Cuvee Napa. The company is the exclusive U.S. importer of G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouet Champagnes, Barton & Guestier wines, Brancott Vineyards from New Zealand and Sandeman Ports and Sherries; and is the largest importer of classified Bordeaux in the United States. The portfolio is completed by Dominus in the Napa Valley, a collection of Burgundy estate-bottled wines, F.E. Trimbach wines from Alsace, San Telmo of Argentina, Castello d'Albola in Chianti, and several other European wines and spirits.