The 2016 Riverina Wine Show will be judged in Griffith on 6-7 September 2016.
Following the release last year of revised guidelines for the conduct of wine shows in Australia the Riverina Winemakers has reviewed the structure of the Riverina Wine Show.
The result has been the creation of two Shows within the Show – one with entries limited to wines from the Riverina Geographical Indication (GI), and the other – Riverina Wine Show Open Classes – open to entries throughout Australia. Each Show will be judged separately.
The new Riverina GI Wine Show is designed to throw the spotlight on the provenance of wine produced in the Riverina and highlights the specific character and qualities of the wines produced here.
The continuation of the RWS Open Classes recognises the broader national interests of the Riverina’s winemakers who now produce one in every four glasses of Australian wine. Riverina winemakers draw grapes from every State except Queensland.
As well as continuing to highlight the excellence of Australian premium wines through the award of special trophies, the Show also seeks to recognise the excellence of “popular premium wines” – those wines which are widely available to the general public. To be eligible for these trophies a wine must have a production run of at least 45,000 litres. Popular premium trophies will be awarded for the best dry white, dry red and sparkling wine.
The Show Committee is also seeking to give greater recognition of the viticulture aspect of the show by creating an award for grower excellence. To qualify, a wine must comprise 95% of grapes supplied by a maximum of three growers.
NOTE: SWEET WINES – INCLUDING MEDIUM SWEET MOSCATO SYLES – ARE JUDGED AS PART OF THE AUSTRALIAN SWEET WINE CHALLENGE, also conducted by the Riverina Winemakers Association.