Australia’s oldest wine show

Since 1876 and the first Exhibition (Ekka) The Royal Queensland Wine Show has been an annual event. In 2014, the prestigious event has attracted over 2,000 entries from some of Australia’s most renowned wineries.

Award-winning winemaker PJ Charteris has assembled a stellar team of experts from Australia and New Zealand to judge Australia’s finest new vintages at this year’s Royal Queensland Wine Show. The judges are some of the industry’s most respected winemakers including Mike de Garis, Dave Bicknell and Samantha Connew.

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The winners will be revealed next Tuesday (July 8) at the Royal Queensland Wine Show Awards Dinner. The impeccable wines will be partnered with Australia’s finest produce in a 5 course menu with gold class produce from the 2014 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. The gala event celebrates not only wine but the country’s best producers and growers. The black-tie event is also open to the public with tickets still available online – www.rqfws.com.au/wine-dinner/

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The Royal Queensland Wine Show has been an annual event since the first Exhibition in 1876. As one of the country’s most revered awards, the RQWS is part of the RNA’s long-term commitment to showcasing Australia’s best with the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. The eight individual competitions include Cheese and Dairy, Ice cream, Branded Lamb, Branded Beef, Sausages, Wine, Beer and Cider.

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To sample some of the 2086 entries to the awards a showcase event will be held on Friday, July 11 at 7.30pm.

What will be Australia’s top drop? Stay tuned – all will be revealed next Tuesday night.

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Ian MacTavish

Mr MacTavish is a celebrated writer and one of Australia's more respected Wine reviewers, appearing regularly in national magazines, in print and on line. So far, he has never been heard to say 'no' to a wee dram.

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