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YOUNG GUN OF WINE SHINES A LIGHT ON EMERGING WINEMAKERS
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL EDITION VIA TRYBOOKING

Who we are looking for

The thing about emerging wine producers is they’re a source of innovation, inspiration and new ideas. They’re not shackled by conventions. They’re free. Wide-eyed; adventurous; eager to travel; to experiment; to remix, they question everything. They create energy. They excite. And this is how they lead.

Our definition of a young gun is not entirely about a date of birth*. It’s about this spirit and being young at heart. We’ve had a number of past finalists over 40 – because, really, it takes a lot to make impressive wine.

Whether they’re employed by an established company or running their own show; whether they’re refining traditional styles or getting radical, we want to provide a platform for these people and their ideas.

They come in all forms. Our definition of a winemaker isn’t limited to the person who presses the fruit and racks the wine. Steve Jobs didn’t assemble the circuitry in Apple products, but he’s the one, isn’t he.

These awards are about gathering the like-minded and uniquely individual talents together, rallying eclectic and far flung tastes, making noise, getting them noticed and having a ripping time along the way.

*Please see FAQ below re age limit.

Registrations

THE 15TH EDITION (2020-2021) IS NOW OPEN

In evolution of the Awards, for the first time in our 15 year history, we will now be providing feedback to winemakers on their entries from our panel tasting.

All finalists will have a profile of themselves, their brand and their wines written for the YGOW website, with additional in-depth articles, social media engagement and virtual or in-person trade and consumer events in the lead-up to the awards.

To register, please go to Trybooking: trybooking.com/BMNQR

Recent changes to the YGOW Awards

For those who have participated in YGOW previously, please note the following key changes going into 2021:

  • We will now be providing feedback to winemakers on their entries from our panel tasting.
  • We will be creating a new trophy to recognise the best vigneron winemaker.
  • All finalists have profiles written and published at younggunofwine.com
  • There is no “Final 12” – in 2020 we presented 50 winemakers as finalists in the running for trophies.
  • Winemakers can submit any wines for the tasting panel in January, without having to hold back stock for the People’s Choice events. I.e., any wines made by the winemaker can be shown at any of the events – these do not need to be the same as the wines submitted for the tasting panel in January.

Calendar
  • Registrations open: June 25, 2019 (confirm your place now via Trybooking: trybooking.com/BMNQR)
  • Registrations close: December 18, 2020
  • Submissions for the tasting panel: January, 2020
  • Consumer and trade events across two cities OR virtual events if COVID limitations persist: dates TBC
  • Trophy presentation for all 50 winemakers, dovetailing from the final consumer and trade event: May or June (final date TBC), 2020
Benefits
  • All winemakers get written feedback on the submission to our panel tasting
  • All finalists will have a profile of themselves, their brand and their wines written for younggunofwine.com, with additional in-depth articles, and social media engagement
  • All finalists included with marketing and press materials to other media outlets
  • All finalists included consumer and trade events across two cities OR virtual events if COVID limitations persist

Process

REGISTER NOW
Registration forms:

WHAT’S NEXT?
Submitting to the tasting panel:

  • Winemakers are to submit two wines for the tasting panel. We will provide further details by January (2021) re conditions of entry, delivery details, etc.
  • Wines are submitted in January for the tasting panel convening early February.

SHOWING AND SUBMITTING WINES

  • You choose whatever two wines you wish to submit to the tasting panel in January.
  • If you are included as a finalist, you may choose to show whichever wines you wish at the awards events in 2021 before the trophy presenation

COMMITMENTS

  • Submit two wines for the tasting panel at start of 2021 (further details will be provided by January, 2020).
  • If amongst the finalists:
    • Send three bottles of each of the two wines in March (further details will be provided by end of February, 2021) for media and promotion purposes.
    • Subject to COVID limitations: if we host in-person consumer and trade events, pay $200 plus GST contribution to production and marketing costs for each city (this includes both a consumer and trade events), payable by May 2020. Or if we host virtual events in lieu of in-person the events, a single $200 plus GST contribution will be required.
    • Subject to COVID limitations: if we host in-person consumer and trade events, pour or arrange to have a representative pour your two wines at the consumer and trade events. These can be any two wines of your choosing.
    • Supply bottles of your wines for the trophy presentation as appropriate.

FEES

Registration $200 +GST for one winemaker or a winemaking partnership. This fee covers:

  • Submission of two wines in January 2021 for the tasting panel convening early February.
  • Written feedback from the panel on your wine submission.

Please note:

  • A winemaker can only enter once per year. Unlike other wine shows, there are no unlimited entries for the Young Gun of Wine.
  • There are no refunds.
  • For the finalists, subject to COVID limitations: if we host in-person consumer and trade events, pay $200 plus GST contribution to production and marketing costs for each city (this includes both a consumer and trade events), payable by May 2020. Or if we host virtual events in lieu of in-person events, a single $200 plus GST contribution will be required.
HOW TO REGISTER

Complete the registration form at Trybooking now (trybooking.com/BMNQR)

Complete the registration form at Trybooking before December 18.

We will be in touch by January 2021 with submission details for your wines.

FAQS

Is there an age limit on entrants?
The winemakers must be born after 01/07/1975.

Can I submit more than two wines for the tasting panel?
You can only register the YGOW Awards once per year, and must submit no more and no less than two wines (submitted in January 2021).

Are the two wines entered for the tasting panel the same wines shown at the events?
Not necessarily. You are free to show any of your chosen wines at any of the events.

How do I submit the wines for the tasting panel?
We will contact all registrants by January with further details for submitting wines in January.

Do my two wines need to be from the same producer?
Not necessarily. The two wines may come from one brand or two separate labels made by the same winemaker.

Can I enter as a winemaking partnership?
Yes. Please note, if entering two brands by a winemaking partnership, both wines submitted must be made by the duo – ie, not one label each from two individuals.

Any advice about which two wines to send in for the tasting panel at start of 2021?
Part of the Awards is having to choose which two wines to enter. Put your best foot forward. The wines have to be delicious. First and foremost, the winemaker is assessed on what is in the glass, and then broader topics such as the winemaker’s vision, leadership, creativity and execution comes into the discussion.

How are the wines assessed by the tasting panel?
The two wines submitted by the winemaker are tasted side-by-side. They are not tasted blind. A general assessment of the quality of the wines is first made, before deeper discussion on the appeal and interest of the wine in the glass, and then the bigger picture of the winemaker: their creativity and leadership; the execution of their product in a wholistic sense; and the context of the individual and their work in the wine landscape today.

Can I submit a barrel sample or blend that has not yet been bottled?
The wines submitted for tasting panel must be finished bottled product – either already in market, or ready for commercial release. If the bottled product is not labelled, that is acceptable. However, please note that we are interested in all aspects of people’s work, and packaging is something that the tasting panel looks at.

What if my wine is not labelled?
It’s in your best interest to have your wine labelled, however, submitting a labelled product for the tasting panel is not mandatory.

Can I get feedback about my wines from the tasting panel?
Yes! For the first time in our 15 year history, all winemakers will receive written feedback on their submissions to the panel tasting.

Have you got firm dates for the 2021 events at this stage?
We will confirm the event program for 2021 at some stage in March 2021. The events are for finalists only, and will conclude withe the trophy presentation by early June 2021.