Registrations are now open for the 12th annual Young Gun of Wine, designed to find, celebrate and showcase Australia’s young and emerging winemakers.

Focused on giving a platform to winemakers on the rise, Young Gun of Wine is open to Australian winemakers up to 45yo making all sorts of wine – traditional wine, experimental wine, biodynamic, natural, orange/amber, single vineyard, blended, sparkling, fortified, whatever it is, in the words of Mike Bennie before the 2017 judging, we’re looking for, “Diversity. Creativity. Deliciousness. Transparency of winemaking. Wines that thrill for personality and reflection of winemaker and place.”

And we want to see faces we’ve seen before, too. If you’ve entered before, enter again! The 2017 Young Gun of Wine, Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill, made it through to the final awards presentation three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, before walking away with the title on his fourth shot.

All winemakers registered for 2018 can be part of the Young Gun of Wine national event tour later this year, extending from September to December (2017).

2017 Young Gun of Wine winner Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill says, “They’re good, fun events. It’s great to catch up with other winemakers and share ideas and it’s good camaraderie between everyone.

“When we first made it to the top 12 in Young Gun of Wine [in 2014] I was only starting with my project and it got us on the scene. Each year that I’ve participated has built our exposure through the trade. When we started we didn’t even have a distributor. Young Gun of Wine enabled us to pick up national distribution and kick off the brand.”

Michael will join the Young Gun of Wine judging panel in 2018. He knows what you’re going through.

Registrations for the 2018 Young Gun of Wine are open until August 11.

Get amongst it here.


What the winemakers say

Josephine Perry, Dormilona, 2016 Young Gun of Wine.
Q. Did winning Young Gun of Wine change anything for you?
A. “People started actually listening to my wines and it opened a wonderful door of support from the local Margaret River producers.”

Alastair Reed, Konpira Maru
“We were having a lot of problems getting traction in Sydney because we had no idea where to start. We met a distributor, Jed Merchants, at the Sydney leg of the 2016 [Young Gun of Wine] events and they’re now representing us there. This relationship has been extremely beneficial for us. They’ve distributed a significant amount of our wines and it’s given us a lot of confidence to expand our label.”

Yoko Luscher-Mostert, Brave New Wine, 2017 DANGER ZONE winner for most adventurous wine
“It’s thrilling to be recognised for this wine [2016 “Wonderland” Botanical Riesling] which was an experiment for us. No other wine show in Australia would enable us to successfully exhibit our style of wines, which are a bit risky in winemaking approach and unconventional in style.”

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