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.

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.


Our definition of a young gun is not 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.

  • Registrations open for 14th annual YGOW, July 2019
  • National event tour: September-November, 2019
  • Late registrations close: December 31, 2019
  • Judging: February, 2020
  • Top 50 Announcement: March 2020
  • Top 50 tasting event: April/May (final date TBC) 2020
  • People’s Choice (Final 12 only) events: June 2020
  • Trophy presentation: June (final date TBC), 2020

Nick Stock

Chief judge of the Young Gun of Wine. Author, International Wine Communicator and Awarded Best Drinks Journalist at the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.

Emma Farrelly

Beverage manager for all venues within the state buildings in Perth, which includes destination venues Long Chim, Petition and Wildflower.

Mike Bennie

Wine/drinks editor for Delicious Magazine; editor-at-large for The
Winefront; and writer for Gourmet Traveller wine magazine, and many more.

Josephine Perry

Winemaker at Dormilona in Margaret River, Josephine won the Young Gun of Wine in 2016.

Pip Anderson

Formerly 2IC at Merivale in Sydney, Pip Anderson now heads up the wine at Mona in Hobart where she is also applying her hands to winegrowing.

Penny Grant

Penny Grant is the Group Sommelier for the Ghanem Group in Brisbane, whose venues include the iconic Blackbird, as well as the new Dona Chang.

Rory Kent

Founder of Young Gun of Wine, and editor-in-chief of

Rob Mack

Winemaker at Aphelion in Mclaren Vale, Rob took out the Young Gun of Wine title in 2018 – and, as such, joined the panel for 2019.

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