Tuesday 28 July 2015

Strong recent vintages bring great promise for 20th NSW Wine Awards

Since its inception in 1996, the NSW Wine Awards has been highlighting the very best of our local wines and assisting NSW winemakers critique, perfect and promote their wines. This year, talented winemakers from all over the state will enter their new wines into the 2015 NSW Wine Awards, to be judged alongside wines of a similar style, regardless of the size of the producer. This allows large and small wineries to compete against each other, and gives everyone a shot at a gold or silver medal, or one of the eighteen trophies on offer.

To celebrate the wine show's 20th consecutive year and reflect the public's growing interest in the Awards, two new trophies will be presented this year, the 'Best Dry Red Wine of Show' and the 'Best Dry White Wine of Show'. These two wines will join the winners of the 'Best Sparkling Wine' and 'Best Sweet Wine' trophies, to find out who will claim the ultimate title of '2015 NSW Wine of the Year'.

Last year saw a record number of wines entered, with the Hunter Valley, Canberra District, Orange, Tumbarumba, Riverina and the Hilltops wine regions all taking home trophies. Many trophy and medal winners have enjoyed valuable sales opportunities in the marketplace due to their achievements in the Awards and have also benefited from increased brand awareness both with the public and with the hospitality industries. This makes the NSW Wine Awards one of the more successful wine shows at opening the doors to genuine commercial opportunities.

Entries are already streaming in for this year and local winemakers who don't want to miss out need to have their details submitted by Friday 14th August via www.nswwine.com.au

The team of expert judges, led by PJ Charteris as the 2015 Chair of Judges, are excited at the prospect of seeing a wide diversity of wines this year, including early 2015 releases and the eagerly anticipated 2014 reds, heralded by many of the State's 14 wine regions as some of the most interesting wines in many years.

So who will taste success this year?

DATE FOR THE DIARY: be amongst the first to hear the results, meet the winning winemakers and taste the best wines in NSW.                  

Friday October 30 ~            2015 NSW Wine Awards Presentation Lunch
Pier One Sydney Harbour
11 Hickson Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

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