Queensland Wine Awards 2017


2017 marks the 34th year of the Queensland Wine Awards.

The Queensland Wine Industry Association invites you to enter the 34th Queensland Wine Awards.  In its thirty- fourth  year the Awards is a celebration of our industry -recognising excellence in wine making and the contributions made by persons and businesses in progressing our industry.


To reflect the evolution of our industry an important change has been made to this year’s schedule with the inclusion of Class 19, Alternate Styles / Special Interest.

This class is specifically for those wines that are vinified by alternative methods and do not fit comfortably in a varietal class.  e.g. Amarone, on skin ferment and minimal intervention/natural wines.  Entries in this class must be accompanied by the winemaker’s notes outlining variety and style.
Awards (as indicated by results from the wine judging) will include Queensland Winemaker of the Year, Queensland Viticulturist of the Year, Winery of the Year and the Provenance Award and of course medals for wines in various classes. Awards will be made to Cellar Door of the Year and awards for the Most Supportive Retailer, Press / Social Media Commentator, and Community Event. The prestigious Samuel Bassett Award will recognise a person/s who, over time, has contributed substantially to the advancement of the industry.

Once again QWIA  is  partnering with Winestate magazine to provide entrants the opportunity to be featured in this consumer magazine in the annual Queensland wine tasting edition. The entry fee covers both the Queensland Wine Awards and Winestate Queensland tasting – for an amount very much less that entering the two separately. No additional bottles will be required hence no additional freight costs. QWIA feels that this a good arrangement for the industry given that considerable editorial space will be give to Queensland wines and wine regions and the savings to entrants. Results from Queensland Wine Awards judging will be translated to star ratings for Winestate.

Additional benefits to your winery include:

  1. Rigorous score-based evaluation following ASVO protocols, allowing you to compare your product against industry benchmarks
  1. Individual confidential product feedback on every Exhibit, provided by  experienced Judges
  1. Highly experienced judges from interstate covering technical, trade and retail industries, lead by Chief Judge, Hamish Seabrook (Seabrook Wines and Kirrihill)

Importantly, this year there will be increased media exposure for entrants and the show.  Well known TV and print media personalities are invited to both the judging day and the Presentation Dinner.

Purchase your Award Presentation Dinner seats HERE

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Judges 2017….

Hamish Seabrook, (Chief Judge) Winemaker, Barossa/Clare

The two judging panels will be chaired by Stuart Pierce (Harvey River Estate, Margaret River) and Rob Ellis (Hanging Rock Winery, Vic).

Judges are Adrian Marchioro (Treasury Wines), Andrew Higgins (McWilliams Hanwood), Jane Brentnall (Wine Educator), Giovanni Zulli (The Brisbane Club), Allan Hunter (Wine Writer), Luke Fitzpatrick (Smith and Sons /  Negociants)


winestate logoImportant Dates

  • Friday 25th August 2017
Closing date for entry forms and fees
  • Friday 25th August 2017
Wine exhibit deliveries closes (5pm)
  • Tuesday 29th August 2017
  • Wednesday 30th August 2017
Presentation dinner (Evening)at Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichardt Street, Spring Hill.

Entry costs*        Queensland Wine Awards (and Winestate Qld Tasting)
$45/entry (QWIA members-financial 2016-17) and  $60/entry (non-members)
*does not include  Provenance class or Cellar Door of the Year award

Please note there are some changes to Schedule and Regulations from previous years.