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YOUNG GUN OF WINE SHINES A LIGHT ON EMERGING WINEMAKERS
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 14TH 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 14TH EDITION (2019-2020) IS NOW OPEN

Winemakers registering for our 2020 Awards have the option of participating in one YGOW consumer event and one Wineslinger trade event, being held September-November 2019.

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

Changes for the 14th YGOW

For those who have participated in YGOW previously, please note the following key changes for 2020:

  • 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 events – these do not need to be the same as the wines submitted for the tasting panel in January.
  • There will be no “Final 12” in 2020 – all winemakers in the Top 50 will be in the running for trophies. The trophy presentation for all 50 winemakers, will dovetail from the final consumer and trade event: May or June (final date TBC), 2020

Calendar
  • Registrations open: June 25, 2019 (confirm your place now via Trybooking: trybooking.com/BDRVM)
  • Early bird registrations close: August 16, 2019
  • National event tour: September-November, 2019
  • Late registrations close: December 31, 2019
  • Submissions for the tasting panel: January, 2020
  • Top 50 trade and consumer events: dates and which two cities, TBC
  • Trophy presentation for all 50 winemakers, dovetailing from the final consumer and trade event: May or June (final date TBC), 2020
Benefits
  • Consumer events (optional), September-November: promote to consumers through our events and social media.
  • Trade events (optional), September-November: promote/sell to trade through our trade tastings.
  • Build relationships through our media and retail partners, and our Wineslinger network
  • Show your wines to leaders across wine communication, hospitality and retail.
  • In essence, make some noise, get noticed and have a ripping time along the way!
  • For those who make the Top 50, we will profile them via younggunofwine.com and other media outlets
  • For those who make the Top 50, we will organise events in two cities – dates and locations TBC

Process

REGISTER NOW
Registration forms:

  • Complete the registration form at Trybooking before August 16 for early bird discount, and first choice of event options (please note, limited spaces available at each event) trybooking.com/BDRVM

WHAT’S NEXT?
National event tour – optional:

  • We will contact all registered winemakers with the date and venue options by mid August
  • Events will run during September-December (2019).
  • At these events, winemakers are free to show wines that may be different to the wines later submitted for the tasting panel at start of 2020.

Submitting to the tasting panel:

  • Winemakers are to submit two wines for the tasting panel. We will provide further details in December (2019) re conditions of entry, delivery details, etc.
  • Wines are submitted in January for the tasting panel convening early February.

SHOWING AND SUBMITTING WINES

  • You may show any wines you like at any of the events – i.e., these can be different wines to the wines submitted at start of 2020 for the tasting panel.
  • You choose whatever two wines you wish to submit to the tasting panel in January.

COMMITMENTS

  • Submit two wines for the tasting panel at start of 2020 (further details will be provided in December, 2019).
  • If amongst the Top 50:
    • Send three bottles of each of the two wines in March (further details will be provided by end of February, 2020) for media and promotion purposes.
    • $200 plus GST contribution to production and marketing costs to the Top 50 activation in each city (this includes both a consumer and trade events), will be payable by May 2020.
    • Pour or arrange to have a representative pour your two wines at the Top 50 consumer and trade events.
    • Supply bottles of your wines for the trophy presentation as appropriate.

FEES

Early Bird discount registration $200 +GST (closes August 16, 2019; or $300+GST if registering after this date) for one winemaker or a winemaking partnership. This fee covers:

  • Promotion through one of the YGOW consumer events, September-November 2019. (Your participation is optional.)
  • Promotion through one of the Wineslinger trade events, September-November 2019. (Your participation is optional.)
  • Submission of two wines in January 2020 for the tasting panel convening early February.

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 Top 50, $200 plus GST contribution to production and marketing costs of the Top 50 activation in each city (this includes both a consumer and a trade event), will be payable by May 2020.
HOW TO REGISTER

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

Complete the registration form at Trybooking before August 16 for early bird discount, and first choice of event options (please note, limited spaces available at each event).

We will be in touch by mid August with consumer and trade event options.

FAQS

Is there an age limit on entrants?
The winemakers must be born after 01/07/1973.

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 2020).

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 in December 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 2020?
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.

Who’s on the tasting panel?
As it currently stands, the tasting panel include Nick Stock (jamessuckling.com, Gourmet Traveller WINE, et al), Mike Bennie (The Wine Front, Delicious, et al), Pip Anderson (MONA), Emma Farrelly (State Buildings), Penny Grant (Ghanem Group), Rory Kent (founder), Damon or Jono Koerner (Koerner, 2019 Young Gun of Wine). Any changes or further members will be announced.

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?
This is an Awards defined by winemakers, not wine product. It is not a technical competition designed to “advance the breed” of grape varieties. No feedback is provided about the wines from the tasting panel. The only results provided are the announcements of the Top 50 in March and the trophy winners in June.

Have you got firm dates for the September-November national events at this stage?
We don’t confirm the dates until after early bird registrations are in by August 16 so we know how many winemakers we’re potentially placing in each event. There will be multiple event options over this period. The events are optional. Winemakers may show at one trade event and one consumer event, but attendance is not mandatory.