Things are now in Full Swing!

Paul has returned from his travels and planning this years show is now starting to take shape, Paul along with all committees will be coming together over the next couple of months to have everything ready again for another great Show.

Our New website will be up and running within the next week or two which will help everyone get all the relevant information that is needed. Stuart is happy to recieve any additional infomation about the history of the Show, so he can share it with everyone under our history page.

Ridgemill Estate and Mandoon Estate are the People’s Choice

The People’s Choice is a feature of the Australian Small Winemakers Show for the more than 450 wine enthusiasts attending the public tasting. As with the Archibald Prize, wine enthusiasts have the opportunity to choose their favourite wines after the judges have given their verdict. Voting occurs in the categories of white wine, red wine, sparkling and fortified.

A popular winner this year was the Ridgemill Estate 2014 Chardonnay (Qld). Mandoon Estate 2014 Old Vine Grenache (WA) was crowned the favourite red wine. Pfeiffer Wines (Vic) claimed the title of People’s Choice fortified wine with the NV Rutherglen Muscat, whilst the Boat O’Craigo 2011 Sparkling Methode Traditionelle Chardonnay Pinot Noir (Vic) was the sparkling wine of choice.

The Australian Small Winemaker Show will again offer travel awards to the Champion Viticulturist and Champion Winemaker at the 2015 show.

The award includes a cash prize of $1500 to the individual to support travel for professional development.

“The Viticulturist and Winemaker awards acknowledge the skills of the individual and their excellence in their craft,” ASWS President John Lucas said.

“The Viticulturist and Winemaker awards offered by the Australian Small Winemakers Show are unique amongst wine shows in Australia and recognising the contribution of the viticulturist to the final product is particularly rare.”

In 2015, the travel prizes will be awarded to the viticulturist responsible for growing the grapes used in the Champion White Wine of show and the winemaker responsible for producing the Champion Red Wine.

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A new feature at the 2015 Australian Small Winemakers Show will be a competition for high schools from around the country with winemaking programmes.

“This is a major new initiative for the Australian Small Winemakers Show and is our way of supporting the next generation of winemakers entering the industry,” ASWS President John Lucas said.

“Eight Queensland high schools that are part of the Gateway Schools programme have winemaking courses and we are encouraging schools from other states to rise to the challenge and take on the locals”, John said.

Two classes will be open to high school wine producers at the 2015 Australian Small Winemakers Show – one white wine (class 22) and one red wine (class 65). Chief Steward Michael Britten foreshadowed introducing more classes for student winemakers in the future as entries increase. “Hopefully as entries increase in future years we may even introduce a competition between states”, Michael said.

A trophy for Champion School Exhibitor of Show and the associated bragging rights is up for grabs. The trophy is sponsored by Winetitles and the winning school will receive a 12 month subscription to Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker plus a copy of the Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory.

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Mandoon Estate from the Swan Valley, WA, was awarded Champion Small Winery of Show at the 2014 Australian Small Winemakers Show and also took out the trophy for Champion Red Wine.

In announcing the winners, Chair of Judges Mike Farmilo noted the continued high standard of wines presented at the Australian Small Winemakers Show. As a national show for wineries throughout Australia and New Zealand crushing less than 500 tonne, the Australian Small Winemakers Show is the ideal opportunity for smaller producers to have their wine benchmarked by nationally recognised judges.

Mr Farmilo acknowledged a highlight of the show was the strong performance of the emerging varieties category with gold medals awarded to wines of Pinot Gris, Arneis, Fiano, Tempranillo, Barbera, Durif, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. Small producers have always been at the forefront of exploring new varieties and wine styles, and the strong results at the 2014 Australian Small Winemakers Show reflect their evolving knowledge of these varieties.

Most Successful Exhibitor (National) for the second consecutive year was Pfeiffer Wines, who were awarded 6 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze medals. Most Successful Queensland Exhibitor was Golden Grove Estate who received 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. More show results are available on the results page of our