UPDATE: Milton Wordley's book also won the international prize for best winebook photography at the Gourmand Best in the World awards as part of the Beijing International Cookbook Fair.
Dorinda Hafner's Honey I Shrunk the Chef also won a special jury award.
A Year in the Life of Grange has been awarded a silver Coffee Table book medal at the 18th annual American Independent Book Publisher Awards.
The South Australian produced book, which follows a bottle of the famous Penfolds wine over the course of a year, is also shortlisted for International Wine Book of the Year at the Gourmand International Wine and Cook Book Awards.
Milton Wordley, a prominent South Australian photographer, began the book as a short photo essay. Before long it turned in to a fully-fledged production in collaboration with designer John Nowland and wine writer Philip White.
Wordley is traveling to Beijing next week for the Gourmand awards ceremony, alongside South Australia’s Dorinda Hafner, whose recent book Honey I Shrunk the Chef is a finalist in the Cook Book section.
Respected wine expert James Halliday, producer of the Australian Wine Companion, said of the book, “I have well over a thousand wine books in my library, and only one comes close to this.”
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the book, about one of South Australia’s most internationally recognisable brands, richly deserves the rave reviews it has received.
“Our reputation for premium food and wine is already helping to attract increasing numbers of international visitors to South Australia, and the success of this book can only boost international interest in SA as a travel destination,” he said.
The American Independent Book Publishers awards are the world’s largest and most diverse book competition, receiving over 5,500 entires from around the world.