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Entries are now open for the 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) and with it comes the announcement of this year’s Awards news.

Renamed Wine Show paves the way for new Awards

The Royal Melbourne Wine Show has been renamed the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. The name change is a reflection of the evolution of the event. In its 129th year the Royal Melbourne Wine Show has grown into one of Australia’s most prestigious wine awards. It is a fitting brand transition that presents a new direction for the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and its future role within the Australian wine industry.

The best local palates and two from the UK

The RMWA line up of judges is a cross section of the very best educated palates respected for their accuracy and objectivity.  Coming from all areas of the wine industry including; sommeliers, media, winemakers, trade and buyers, the collective experience of the judging panel upholds the level of excellence the RMWA is renowned for. This year’s international guest judges from the United Kingdom are:

Sarah Abbott MW (UK) is a London-based wine educator, consultant, judge and Master of Wine. She has been in the wine trade for 16 years and has worked with some of the UK’s finest restaurants and Europe’s best winemakers. She founded Swirl Events in 2006 and focuses on celebrating ‘the joyous power of wine to bring people together and to tell stories of history, places and personalities.’

Joe Wadsack (UK) is well known on the international wine scene. With a background in wine buying, Joe first appeared as a wine expert on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and then the Richard & Judy Show on Channel 4. He co-authored the Richard and Judy Wine Guide (Harper Collins 2005) and won the International Wine and Spirits Communicator of the Year Award in 2005. Joe hosts wine dinners and tastings and is considered one of the best palates in the business. 

It’s easier than ever to enter

The class structure for 2013 has been fine-tuned making it a simple process to enter. Exhibitors need only enter their wines according to the wines varietal, blend, or type, and then by vintage. There will be 77 classes competing for a total of 22 trophies. 

Introducing the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir

A new major trophy has been added to the trophy list at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards honouring Australian wine legend James Halliday AM. The inaugural James Halliday Trophy for the Best Pinot Noir recognises Halliday’s lifetime contribution to the Australian wine industry and cool climate Victorian Pinot Noir production.

Melbourne Wine Week

Melbourne Wine Week is a promotion of Australia’s finest wineries and wines from the 2013 RMWA. A vibrant and indulgent week of tastings, lunches, dinners and experiences will take place in Melbourne and Victoria’s most definitive establishments because life is too short to drink mediocre wine. Melbourne Wine Week will be supported with a lively marketing and promotional campaign creating a buzz around Australian wine.   Melbourne Wine Week will open with the tasting event, RMWA Uncorked on Friday 25 October. 


2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show dates:

Entries Open Monday 1 July 2013

Entries Close Friday 2 August 2013

Judging Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 October 2013

Awards Presentation Thursday 24 October 2013

Trade and Exhibitor tasting Friday 25 October 2013

RMWA Uncorked                Friday 25 October 2013

Melbourne Wine Week Friday 25 October – 1 November 2013

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