CHEERS TO YOU: Leeanne Puglisi Gangemi is the toast of the Queensland wine industry after receiving the 2019 Samuel Bassett Award for her contribution to the industry. On Friday, she was surrounded by friends, family and co-workers to celebrate the win.
CHEERS TO YOU: Leeanne Puglisi Gangemi is the toast of the Queensland wine industry after receiving the 2019 Samuel Bassett Award for her contribution to the industry. On Friday, she was surrounded by friends, family and co-workers to celebrate the win. Matthew Purcell

CHEERS TO THAT: Wineries sweep state's top awards

LIKE most, when Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi finished high school she made a pledge to herself.

Fast forward a few decades and she's lived up to that pledge and has a shiny trophy to prove it.

At this week's 36th Queensland Wine Awards, Mrs Puglisi-Gangemi from Ballandean Estate Wines was awarded the prestigious Samuel Bassett Award.

The fact that both her parents, Angelo and Mary, have received the same award took no shine off the recognition.

It only made her more proud.

"On my Year 12 yearbook - in my goals for the future - mine was 'to sell Stanthorpe wines to the rest of the world',” she said.

"It's all about pushing the Queensland barrow. That's what it has always been about for me.”

Her father was the inaugural recipient of the Samuel Bassett Award. Her mother was the first woman to win the award in 2015.

Mrs Puglisi-Gangemi is only the third woman to win, following on from another Granite Belt wine icon in Shirley Zanatta who won it in 2017 with her husband David.

"When mum got hers it was pretty special. She was so surprised because she knew nothing of it.

"That's one thing we're trying to do as an industry is encourage diversity and get more women involved.”

Despite the win, Leanne's sister Robyn had to accept the award on her behalf.

"I was in a board meeting in Adelaide for Australian Grape and Wine.

"Poor little dumb Leeanne knew nothing about it did she.

"Its been an award I've nominated lots of people for over the years and didn't think it'd happen to me.”

Despite the family name, she never felt pressure to follow in her parents footsteps. It was something she chose herself.

"I have customers telling me that I took them on a wine tour when I was seven-years-old.

"I do have vague memories of taking people out the back and saying 'and these are daddy's barrels'.

"It has just always been what I did... what we did. On the weekends we were in the cellar door or working with dad in the vineyard.”

The Samuel Bassett Award is named in honour of the gentleman who founded Queensland's first winery - Romavilla Winery.

Before the Puglisi's came along, Bassett's were the longest serving family in Queensland wine until they sold up in the 1970s.

Wine awards swept by family operation

STEALING THE SHOW: Golden Grove Estate's Ray Costanzo with daughters Jaimee and Teagan, as well as beloved winery dog Bailey. Mr Costanzo has been named Queensland Winemaker of the Year.
STEALING THE SHOW: Golden Grove Estate's Ray Costanzo with daughters Jaimee and Teagan, as well as beloved winery dog Bailey. Mr Costanzo has been named Queensland Winemaker of the Year. Matthew Purcell

THE talents of father-and-son duo Ray and Sam Costanzo are worth bottling.

Ray Costanzo was named Queensland Winemaker of the Year, while his dad took out the Viticulturalist of the Year gong, at the Courier-Mail Queensland Wine Awards on Wednesday night.

To top it off, the family's Golden Grove Estate was winery of the year, and also won champion wine for its 2018 Barbera - an Italian red varietal that is thriving.

Golden Grove's 2019 Vermentino was also one of 11 wines to receive gold medals from the judging panel.

Robert Channon Wines' 2016 Chardonnay, and Ridgemill Estate's 2016 Merlot Malbec, were also top scorers.

Heritage Estate Wine, Mason Wines, Hidden Creek Wines, Symphony Hill Wines, Tobin Wines and Casely Mount Hutton also won gold medals.