Is there an age limit on entrants?
The winemakers must be born after 01/07/1973.
Can I enter more than two wines for the judging?
You can only enter the competition once, and must submit no more and no less than two wines (for the judging by February).
Are the two wines entered for judging the same wines shown at the events?
You are free to show different wines at the national trade & consumer event tour, September-December 2018.
The two wines submitted for judging at start of 2019 must be the same two wines that will be shown at the Final 12 events in June 2019, should you reach through to that stage.
If you are under duress with supply of your two wines submitted for judging, you may show alternate wine at the Top 50 event in May 2019.
How do I submit the wines for judging?
The judging is held by February, 2019. We will contact all registrants in December with further details for submitting wines.
Do my two wines need to be from the same producer?
Not necessarily. These 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 judging in March?
Part of the competition 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.
Who are the judges?
The judges 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), Caitlyn Rees (Fred’s, Merivale), Rory Kent (founder), Rob Mack (Aphelion, 2018 Young Gun of Wine). Further judges to be announced.
Can I send a barrel sample or blend that has not yet been bottled?
The wines submitted for judging must be available to sell in June for the events (for the Final 12) with our retail partners to determine the People’ Choice award winner. You are welcome to submit a wine that has not yet been bottled, so long as the same wine (same blend) will be available for the People’s Choice events in June. However, please be advised that whilst such a sample may get as far as the Final 12, the judges will not award the Young Gun of Wine trophy to a winemaker with an unbottled wine.
What if my wine is not labelled?
It’s in your best interest to have your wine labelled, however, submitting a labelled product for judging is not mandatory.
Can I get feedback about my wines from the judging?
No feedback is provided from the judges. The only results provided are the announcements of the Top 50 in March, the Final 12 in May and the trophy winners in June.
If I make it into the Final 12, how many wines do I need for the sales events?
It is recommended you have at least three dozen of each wine available to sell to the retailer at each of the Melbourne and Sydney “People’s Choice” sales events (two events total) in June. Please also set aside 4-6 bottles as pouring samples for each of these two events.
I want to show wines I have now, but these will be all sold out by June next year. What should I do?
If you have a wine or wines that you already know you’d like to submit for the judging and People’s Choice events, but expect these to be sold out soon, we recommend you put aside 7+ dozen of each wine for the sample and sales requirements.
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; winemakers may attend one of these events, but attendance is not mandatory.