More than just a wine show

From a burnt summer to a quarantined autumn it’s been a troubling start to the year. There has never been a more important time to live up to our claim to be the AAVWS Family and ‘more than just a wine show’ by maintaining our integrity and holding our community together.
So, with a glass half full attitude, we have decided that the Show Must Go On and look forward to you coming on the journey with us.
We are delighted by the response to our resilience from our sponsors and in an expression of solidarity with our exhibitors, some of whom have done it very tough, we will extend a 40% discount on entry fees. Details on entering and events coming soon.

The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show is more than a forum for wines that fall outside the mainstream. We encourage cutting-edge judging procedures and provide a host of social and educational events that promote knowledge sharing and the ferment of ideas. In 2014 we instigated a fellowship for talented and passionate candidates to visit Mildura to experience the show and become new alternative variety ambassadors.

In 1999 Stefano de Pieri and Bruce Chalmers, along with Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli, initiated the Sangiovese Awards and continued in 2000 with the Australian Italian Wine Show. Following the success of these shows, the first Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show was held in Mildura in November 2001.

AAVWS Events

What will 2020 look like?
Details coming soon
2019 Events

Viticulturist Award

New in 2019
Celebrating Growers
See Details

AAVWS Fellowship

Applications on hold
Reopening in 2021
Apply in 2021

Changing the World

“The massive impact the AAVWS has had on wine production and consumption in Australia over the last 15 years is now flowing overseas as alternative varieties breathe new life into the UK market and add colour and excitement to the Australian offering.”