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ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Releases Rules for 2019 Wool Awards

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Since 1963, the Ermenegildo Zegna Superfine Wool Trophy has honored Australia’s best wool growers. This competition is today the oldest in the world of wool.  The Vellus Aureum (Golden Fleece) Trophy was added in 2002 to celebrate the incredible advances made by Australian woolgrowers and to reward the absolute finest wool fleece produced every year.

 

In 2016, the finest and best fleece was recorded at an exceptional 9.9 micron, making it a still unbeaten world record.  The 2018 edition marked a significant increase in the number of farms participating in the trophy: 56 farms in 2018 vs 39 farms in 2017.

 

The Superfine Wool Trophy was won by David and Angie Waters (Tarrangower Merinos – Hillgrove, NSW), with Allan and Carolyn Phillips (Glen Stuart – Deddington, Tasmania) and Ed and Jill Hundy (Windradeen Mudgee -Pyramul, NSW) taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

 

The winners, David and Angie Waters took first place for the second year in a row while the Phillips and Hundy families have been among the winners for the last 6 editions.

 

Mulgowan (Amiens-QLD), Gowrie (Guyra-NSW), Wildford (Tenterden-NSW) were for the 1st time in the final ranking.

 

The winners of the Vellus Aureum Trophy were Ross and Rebecca Blake from “Allandale”-Walcha NSW. David and Susan Rowbottom from “Rowensville” – St. Helens -VIC and Mrs. Annie Hutchinson from “Kentucky Station”- Kentucky NSW were respectively 2nd and 3rd in the competition.

 

To further strengthen the relationship with the best wool growers, starting from the new 2019 edition of the Superfine Wool Trophy, Ermenegildo Zegna has decided, in addition of buying all the participating 10 winning wool lots with a 50% premium over the market price, to also commit to buy from them a total of 100 bales shorn in the following 2019-2020 season at the market price plus a 25% premium.

 

The new rules reflect the same criteria upon which the Company has based its entire history, generation after generation: to buy the best quality wool and properly reward the excellent hard work of the woolgrowers.

 

The anticipated release of the 2019 rules has the goal to give to the wool growers more time to plan their participation to the new edition.

 

Copy of the rules can be obtained from the Australia Superfine Woolgrower’s Association (attention Melissa Mulley Melissa.Mulley@woolindustries.org) or directly to Ermenegildo Zegna (attention Sara Tacchini sara.tacchini@zegna.com)

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