ICC Sydney raises a glass to Hunter Valley wines

L-R: CEO of ICC Sydney Geoff Donaghy, De luliis Wines Mike De Iuliis, ICC Sydney director of culinary services Lynell Peck, ICC Sydney cellar and beverage manager William Wilson.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has returned from attending the annual Hunter Valley Wine Show, where it met with producers to sample new varietals to bolster ICC Sydney’s existing portfolio of labels from the popular wine region.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said 92 per cent of its wine collection is sourced from New South Wales.

“Much to the delight of our clients and delegates, we have purchased more than 70,000 bottles of wine from Hunter Valley suppliers since we opened in December 2016, representing almost one third of all of our wine sold,” he said.

“We’ve come away from the Hunter Valley Wine Show with deeper relations and the inspiration needed to expand our existing list of New South Wales wines, which we’ll be launching later this year in line with our new 2020 culinary menu.”

L-R: Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association GM Jo Thomas, CEO of ICC Sydney Geoff Donaghy, and ICC Sydney cellar & beverage manager William Wilson.

ICC Sydney’s beverage operations and cellar manager, William Wilson, said visitors and delegates to the venue were increasingly savouring Hunter Valley wines.

“The calibre of wines at this year’s show demonstrates that the Hunter continues to deliver its own unique style with quality that is on par with any other region in Australia,” he said. “I was delighted to see that most of the Hunter Valley wines already on our list picked up medals.

“We are proud to already support 12 Hunter-based wineries and this trip was a great opportunity to discover other great wines from the region.”

NSW Wine Industry Association president Mark Bourne praised ICC Sydney for its dedication to growing the reputation of New South Wales wines and helping to put it on the global map.

“Since opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney has quickly become a cellar door to the world and it is having a noticeable impact, particularly for boutique labels,” he said. “With the venue’s backing, we’ve seen a considerable lift in NSW sourced wines in Sydney restaurant cellars. It’s brilliant to see others are now following ICC Sydney’s lead.”