The annual Barossa Wine Show, first held in 1977 and eagerly awaited each September, is seen as a showpiece of the region’s very best wines in any given year.
Hundreds of wines are entered in 25 different classes, with judging spread over three days and Trophies and Awards presented at a gala dinner.
All wines must be made in the Barossa from a minimum of 85% Barossa grapes. The judging panel includes winemakers, wine media and professional judges from around Australia and overseas.
Many countries and wine regions have wine competitions, the main aim of which generally seems to be increasing the sales of those wines which do well.
Australia has both national and regional wine competitions but they are called wine ‘shows’ and entrants are not ‘competitors’ but ‘exhibitors’. Judging and awarding these wines is less about increasing sales and more about steering the styles of the wines produced in a given region. Judges, therefore, need to have a very detailed understanding of what typical styles are and where those styles should be heading.
The results, due to a combination of the integrity of the system coupled with the talent of the judges, are an extremely good indicator of which producers are performing well.
Whilst being a judge on the main judging panel is invite only, there is one guest associate position open to enthusiasts, who can bid on the position through the annual wine show award dinner auction. Bidding is fierce for this opportunity, with past successful bidders coming from overseas and interstate.
In 2015, the Barossa Wine Show has received over 700 entries in 25 classes, with 29 Trophies being presented on Thursday 17 Sept. at the presentation dinner.
Barossa Wine Show results will be live tweeted: follow @barossadirt on twitter for results.
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