After previous years’ success, the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show will once again return this September, with entries from cool climate wine regions across Australia. The show consists of a week of wine judging and two public-ticketed marquee events, with the event to be once again held in Murrumbateman at the Murrumbateman Recreation grounds. Divided into two sections over the week, the Wine show will officially begin on Monday the 25th of September for non-public access judges, and a public tastings and lunch event on Saturday the 30th of September.

The yearly volunteer-run event brings wine lovers and producers together from across Australia, serving as a means to put industries and regions on the map, provide a benchmark for winemakers in terms of quality, and provide a day for people to enjoy great food and quality wine. From

Monday the 25th to Friday, a panel of volunteer judges including industry professionals, winemakers, marketers and otherwise experts with experience in the field will assess wines throughout the week, rating each wine and determining which is worthy of a bronze, silver, or gold medal, with gold medal wines candidates for winning the Trophy wine for their class Wines will be judged from Cool Climate Wine Regions across the country and assessed according to Cool Climate Wine standards. Up to 400 different wines will be assessed.

Moving onto the public tasting event, the day will see two marquee events held, with the first being a long table luncheon featuring a five-course gourmet food, as well as tastings in the morning and afternoon.

Those who attended previous years’ Cool Climate Wine Shows needn’t fear any drastic changes, as the menu changes year-to-year and this year features stronger representation from local and regional wineries, Manager of the Australian Cool Climate Wine Show Brent Lello summarised the event as sticking to it’s tried and tested and proven successful formula.

Brent Lello

“We’ve got two public tastings, people can buy a ticket to that and they get the opportunity to try out each of the 400 wines – of course, no one is going to get through 400 wines in a couple of hours – but what we’re doing there is we’ll be able to guide them through, say potentially, someone likes Rieslings, we’ll point them towards Rieslings, we’ll point them towards the award-winning wines, here’s something local, etc.

We’re really able to educate and enable the tasters on cool climate wines and the different styles. That will be great again this year”, said Brent, “The lunch is fantastic because not only is it five-course gourmet food, but it’s also served with medal-winning wines.” “It’s something that’s just been successful, however, the menu changes year to year for the long-table lunch so that gets bigger, better and brighter every year —It’s what’s tried and tested and what we know is going to work”, said Brent.

Known for its cool climate wine industries, the Canberra to Murrumbateman and wider Yass Valley wineries typically perform quite well at the events, with Brent estimating that around half of the local wines receive some kind of medal, and at least four wines receiving trophies in recent years, with McKellar Ridge Wines a recent winner.

“Generally speaking we’ve had local wineries do very well in the medal tallies and then once they’re awarded they get a taste of going for a trophy. I’d say the Murrumbateman and Yass Valley wine regions punch well above their weight when it comes to medals and trophies”, said Brent.

Anyone interested in assisting is encouraged to volunteer, with a wide range of roles including setting up, getting the bottles on the shelves, the judges, organising, stewards, preparing the meals, and general management and running on the day, with between 30-40 volunteers currently involved.

Tickets typically go fast, and while tickets are still currently available, Brent encourages people to jump on their website and have a look at the different offerings while they’re still available.

Griffin Palen