Southern Highlands hosts NSW wine awards

NSW wineSouthern Highlands hosts NSW wine awards

The judging of the prestigious 2018 New South Wine Awards will take place in the Southern Highlands for the first time in the regions history. The Southern Highlands food and wine association in conjunction with NSW Wine will manage the judging of NSW wine awards made up of the best wines from across New South Wales.

The NSW wine awards is expected to attract over 800 entries from across New South Wales and the judging will take place from the 11-13th September and involve 10 judges and 6 associate judges from across Australia.

NSW Wine executive officer Angus Barnes said ” NSW Wine is continuing with its plans to take the NSW wine awards each year out to the regions that make up Australia’s first state of wine” Barnes also commented ” The Southern Highlands focus and speciality in cool climate wines such as sparkling wine, pinot gris and pinot noir is representative of the diversity of NSW wine regions and the magnificent range of quality wines that are produced across NSW”

Dave Brookes, the 2018 chief judge of show, will lead three panels for three long days of vigorous judging for the second year. Mr Brookes is one Australia’s leading wine writers and judges with regular contributions to Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine and the Wine Companion magazines among many, and is the lead consultant at the Wine Marketing Labs Company in South Australia.

The Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association president Mark Bourne said “We are thrilled that the Southern Highlands will host the NSW wine awards for the very first time in the regions history and we are keen to showcase to the judges and the NSW wine industry the local wine industry’s professionalism and drive for excellence and the regions great natural beauty and generous hospitality”

NSW is the second largest wine producing State and accounts for over 31 per cent of production in Australia. NSW grows over 500,000 tonnes of grapes and produces around 492 million bottles of wine annually. The NSW wine industry employs 21,000 people directly, which produces over $2 billion in food and wine tourism for the state of NSW.

NSW Wine president Tom Ward commented “The NSW wine awards continues to be the States premier wineshow and the Southern Highlands rapidly growing reputation as a premium cool climate wine region is a credit to the its grape growers and winemakers and we are very excited that the NSW wine awards judging will be held in the Southern Highlands for the first time in 2018″.

Source = Destination Southern Highlands
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