I don't think the Australian wine show system is perfect by any means. It is poorly understood by consumers and it is easy enough to find anomalies and inconsistencies.
Very few everyday wine drinkers are aware that can be more than one gold medal winner in a particular class at a show.
But people do take notice of the results, and there are strong commercial rewards for medal winners.
Wine shows are judged by panels of professionals tasting blind - ie they don't know the identity of the wines in the lineup. Often though there is a group think factor where all the judges think that certain varieties should be made int certain styles.
With all its faults though the system does provide benefits to winemakers, marketers and consumers. Let's not throw the baby out with bathwater.
This page will highlight some of the successes of alternative winemakers at the various wine shows throughout Australia in 2017.
The biggest show for the Vinodiversity tribe of course is Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show held in Mildura each November. But alternative varieties are making strong gains in wine shows in major capitals and in the regions.
Check out some of the stories about these wines below, write a comment or start a discussion about a variety that you know has had success at an Australian wine show.
Share a story about a medal wining alternative varietal wine. Your story will be shared with the Alternative variety tribe in Australia as a page in Vinodiversity.
You might be the winemaker or a fan of the variety or particular wine. Just a few sentences is fine. Make sure you name the wine and the wine show and medal or trophy received.
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