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Announcement posted by Palate PR 31 May 2016

The release last year of revised guidelines for the conduct of wine shows in Australia has prompted the Riverina Winemakers to review the structure of the Riverina Wine Show which is now in its 42nd year.

The result has been the creation of two shows within the Show; one – the Riverina GI Wine Show - with entries limited to wines from the Riverina Geographical Indication (GI), and the other - the Riverina Wine Show Open Classes - open to entries throughout Australia.

President of the RWS Les Worland explains, “The new Riverina GI Wine Show is designed to throw the spotlight on the provenance of wine produced in the Riverina. It gives us a new forum where we can focus on, and celebrate, the diversity of the Riverina and highlight the specific character and qualities of the wines produced here.  Importantly, it conforms to National wine show expectations and also adds a boutique component to the greater mosaic of the Riverina Wine Show, which would not otherwise be available.”

 “The Show Committee is also seeking to give greater recognition of the viticulture aspect of the show by creating an award for grower excellence, which will be linked to medal results in this show,” Mr Worland said.

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.

“The Riverina Wine Show has been supporting Australian winemakers for the last 42 years. Not only does it accommodate the fact that many of our local wineries draw fruit from outside the Riverina but it also provides a forum for other blends and non-regional wines.  It is also unique in showcasing ‘popular premium wines’; those wines which have a large production run and are therefore widely available to the general public.”  

The judging for both shows will take place 6-7 September with the trophy presentation slated for Friday 30 September as the lead-in event for the unWINEd in the Riverina weekend. 


Entries Open                      20 June 2016

Entries Close                      22 July 2016

Judging                                 6 - 8 September 2016

Results Announced         30 September 2016