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Entries for the 2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards are now CLOSED

The 2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards welcomed entries from all of NSW’s 16 wine regions.

This is the 25th year these Awards have been run by the NSW Wine Industry Association, and this successful history has made the NSW Wine Awards one of the most fruitful wine shows at benefiting it’s entrants, helping increase public and trade brand awareness and opening doors to genuine commercial opportunities.

Over the years, the Awards has not stood still though, continuing to evolve to keep relevant and current. Recently the team expanded the classes to reflect the differences between ‘Current vintage’ wines and ‘Mature’ wines by varietal, which saw some great young wines and more mature examples pick up medals and face off for the coveted trophy. This was especially true in the Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz classes.

And then in 2019, a new category and trophy has been introduced, the ‘1828 Innovators Class’. 1828 was the first year vines were planted for commercial wine production in NSW (& Australia) and in recognition of those innovators and pioneers of the NSW wine industry, this class has been created to showcase and support the continuing progression of ground-breaking wines in NSW.

This class highlights our winemakers who push the boundaries of winemaking to produce wine styles that are at the leading edge of wine production in NSW. Entries for the 1828 Innovators Wine Award can be a red or white wine and must include a brief description of the fruit source, wine making technique and the underlying philosophy behind the innovative wine.

Another relatively new class which creates a lot of interest is the ‘Chair of Judges Award’. This award is given to a wine from a particular wine region that really impressed our Chair of Judges, Dave Brookes. Each year a different region is selected to reflect what is topical in the NSW wine industry.

This year, the wine region of Tumbarumba has been selected. As we all know, Tumbarumba was unfortunately hit hard by the recent bush fires. We hope that by highlighting the region and it producers we can assist in their rebuilding process and road to recovery. We really look forward to seeing lots of spectacular cool climate wines from Tumbarumba in the judging process this year.





The 2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards was judged at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

We are thrilled to be able to host our events at this world-class venue.

Key 2020 Dates:

  • Entries Opened: 15 July 2020
  • Entries Closed: 21 August 2020
  • Wine Deliveries: 31 August - 18 September 2020
  • Judging : 29 September - 1 October 2020
  • Awards Presentation: 23 October 2020
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