A HUGE surge of overseas interest in Josef Chromy wines followed the Northern Tasmanian vineyard getting the big gong for the world's best chardonnay three weeks ago, says winemaker Jeremy Dineen.
Mr Dineen, back home this week with his feet firmly planted on the ground, is bemused.
``It is not the best wine we've made, but I'm not going to complain,'' he said.
``It's one of those things that it was made in a particular style - it was a polarising wine.
``People either love it or hate it, which means that it can stand out in a crowd.''
The Josef Chromy 2011 chardonnay stood alongside 14,000 wines from 52 countries to take the international trophy for the best in show chardonnay at the 2013 World Wine awards at London's Royal Opera House.
Mr Dineen had already booked a trip to Europe earlier this month when he received several calls suggesting that it would be a really good idea if he attended the awards night.
``With our export market, I try to visit customers as often as I can, especially when building new markets,'' Mr Dineen said.
Josef Chromy Wines received government endorsement to sell into the UK at the start of the year, and the same approval for Sweden, to start next week.
Mr Dineen said that the group had received other awards, but none like this with such international prestige.
``They never tell you directly that you've won - I just had a couple of phone calls saying that it would be really wise for somebody to be in London at that time,'' he said.
Mr Dineen said that most of the winning chardonnay had sold out a couple of months before the awards.
``We only made 800 dozen,'' he said.
Mr Dineen said that the Tasmanian wine generated a fair bit of discussion.
``This trophy traditionally goes to Burgundy, which is the stronghold of chardonnay,'' he said.
``But this year it has gone to the smallest wine-producing state and from a relatively small winery in comparison.
``Out of 32 trophies awarded, Tasmania was short-listed for three.''