2013 RESULTS
After a week of judging and a fabulous Awards Long Lunch at Trentham Estate Winery, followed by a fun trip home on the PS Mundoo, entry records have been broken and the results are online.
All records are broken
'In a time when many Wine Shows are reporting decreasing entry numbers, the record number of entries for the 2013 AAVWS is confirmation of the esteem that winemakers hold this show in'. Chair, Louisa Rose
NO BETTER PLACE
"I can think of no better place to be than in Mildura during the first week of November to take part in and celebrate the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show". Jane Faulkner, Chief of Judges.
AAVWS Database Project
The AAVWS's new online entry and result search system has been custom made especially for our show and is the most comprehensive collation of information about alternative variety wines in the country.

 

 

 

 
 

2014 Show Dates

Entries Open: late May early June
Event Tickets on sale: August
Entrant Closing Date: 19 September
Wine Delivery Closing Date: 24 October
Judging Date: 5-7 November
Talk and Taste: 7 November
Tasting Date: 8 November
Awards Long Lunch: 8 November

History

In 1999 Stefano de Pieri and Bruce Chalmers along with Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli, initiated the Sangiovese Awards and continued with the Australian Italian Wine Show in 2000. Following the success of these shows, the first Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show was held in Mildura in November 2001 with inaugural Chief of Judges, Tim White. The initial concept has evolved to include all alternative wine varieties (which are usually marginalised at mainstream shows) and now attracts over 500 entries from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The show aims to provide an alternative to the mainstream wine shows, a dedicated forum for alternative or emerging wine varieties and to encourage alternative, more cutting edge judging procedures.

The Show is run by a group of passionate people including Chief of Judges, Jane Faulkner and forces in the Australian wine industry including Chairman, Louisa Rose, Bruce Chalmers, Kathleen Quealy and Mark Walpole.

We acknowledge our Ambassadors, Bruce Chalmers, Stefano de Pieri, Robin Day, Kathleen Quealy and Jenni Chalmers who, with their enormous knowledge, standing and experience in the Australian Wine Industry will guide us into the future.

We fondly tip our hats to 2005 - 2011 Chief of Judges Max Allen and welcome Jane Faulkner to the role in 2012.

Together we are all committed to exploring the growing, making, marketing and drinking of these exciting new wines.

2013 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Over 600 wines were judged under the leadership of Chief Judge Jane Faulkner, the trophy crafted by Mildura artist Dimitrti Nickas,certificates created by Wentworth artist Steve Hederics, entrants tasted their wines at the ADFA Building and the weather was beautiful in Mildura for the 2013 AAVWS Awards Long Lunch held on Saturday 9 November at Trentham Estate when the 2013 winners were announced.

Once again the Awards Long Lunch was sold out and this year included a relaxing and fun boat trip home on the PS Mundoo along the Murray River.

Thank you to all those who entered, sponsored, supported, attended, stewarded, judged and worked on the 13th Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

The next Show's details will be online in May 2014 and in the meantime the AAVWS team wishes you all a Happy Summer, Festive Season and Vintage.

Please direct any sponsorship enquiries to info@aavws.com

The 2013 AAVWS awards and sponsors

The Dr. Rod BONFIGLIOLI BEST WINE OF THE SHOW
Sponsored by Chalmers Wines Australia 

BEST RED WINE
Sponsored by Quality Hotel Mildura Grand

BEST WHITE WINE
Sponsored by Jamesprint

BEST RED ITALIAN VARIETAL
Sponsored by Orlando Wines 

BEST WHITE ITALIAN VARIETAL
Sponsored by Mildura Brewery

CHAIRMAN'S WINES TO WATCH
Sponsored by Yalumba Nursery

BEST BLEND
Sponsored by Casella Wines

BEST COMMERCIAL VOLUME (min. 5000 cases)
Sponsored by The Mangan Group

BEST SPANISH VARIETAL
Sponsored by MoVida

BEST ROSÉ
Sponsored by Tasco Inland

BEST NEBBIOLO
Sponsored by Riedel Glassware

HIGHEST SCORING MURRAY DARLING REGION WINE
Sponsored by Sunraysia Cellar Door 

STEWARDS CHOICE AWARD
Sponsored by Macquarie Agricultural

BEST ORGANIC WINE
Sponsored by Morellofert

 

Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 

more than just a wine show 

If you are visiting Mildura for the AAVWS please book into our preferred accommodation QUALITY HOTEL MILDURA GRAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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