Entries for the prestigious Royal Queensland Wine Show now open

A first look at Australia’s top drops

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The hunt is on for fine wines across Australia worthy of raising a glass to, with entries for the prestigious Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) now open.

Chief Judge David Bicknell will lead a team of expert judges for his second year at the helm, as they sniff, swirl and taste their way through the nation’s top drops, at the first capital city wine show of the season.

This means the RQWS judges will be the first to critically review the 2017 vintage in Australia, setting the benchmark for the industry and letting wine lovers know which bottles to look for.

In keeping up with changes in consumer interest, a new dry red wine class called ‘current drinking light dry red’ has been introduced to the competition for 2017.

Mr Bicknell said the new class is for current release dry red wines that are bottled early for current consumption.

“This should be a fun class where we will see modern ‘bar wines’ that have captured the imagination of the wine savvy public,’’ he said.

“Winemaking technique and variety are irrelevant, enjoyment is paramount and we will hopefully see a few natural and low sulphur wines in the mix as well.

“These wines are absolutely on trend, with a lot of bars across Australia stocking them right now.”

More than 1,800 wines from 243 wineries were entered into this year’s competition, which saw a sparkling take out Grand Champion Wine of Show for the first time in RQWS history and a pinot noir claim the Stodart Trophy, which is usually won by shiraz.

Mr Bicknell said he’s looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store.

“The RQWS is one of the largest and most respected wine shows in Australia and I’m excited to see the fresh new wines, along with the tail end of the high quality classic varieties from the excellent 2014/15 vintages,” he said.

Entries must pour in by April 21, 2017, with judging taking place from June 26 and the third ‘Grape Grazing by Night – Celebrating Australian Wine’ public showcase happening on July 7.

More than 600 wine enthusiasts attended this year’s successful showcase, sampling their way through the nation’s finest red, white and sparkling.

The RQWS, which dates back to 1876, aims to give Australian wineries exposure and helps promote the nation’s diverse growing regions, the winemakers and their top drops.


ENTRIES CLOSE - Friday 21 April, 2017

JUDGING - Monday 26 June, 2017




  • Brisbane and Scenic Rim (including Mt Cotton) (QLD)

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