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To Export or Not to Export?

Export or die! That was the catch cry that spurred Australia to lead the New World wine export boom of the 1990s Read what the Wine Paper has to say now.

Class 14 winemaker Tony Cosgriff

Cool Climate Winner

Centennial Vineyards’ winemaker Tony Cosgriff celebrates the trophy win for their 2014 Barbera at the Boutique Wine Show. All results are found on this site.

winner of the label awards trophy.


To decide the winning bottle label this year all 1000 of the wine show entries were judged by the workers. Wines are made to be sold and to be drunk and the brand needs to be noticed! Wine is purchased by Sommeliers and members of the public therefore I put the Stewards (Sommeliers) and the…


2016 Boutique Wine Show Results

MONDAY 11 JULY 2016 MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BOUTIQUE WINE SHOW 2016   The 21st anniversary trophy dinner celebrated a record 15 trophies from 16 classes recognising outstanding 2013, ’14 and ’15 vintages. CHARDONNAY TOPS THE LIST Margaret River’s Grace Farm Chardonnay 2014 took top honors when Chairman Huon Hooke announced that they…


Label Design $5000 Prize

CCL has again provided the $5000 production prize for the best bottle in the Label Design Competition. This year we did something different and joined the judges with the workers at the the Boutique Wine Awards and they combines to chose the PACKERS’ PRIZE. The result is an outstanding bottle which will be announced at…


Boutique Entries Closed

The Australian and New Zealand Wine Show is now closed for entries. Padthaway’s Farmer’s Leap (pic) was one of the last to enter. Now it’s over to the Stewards led by Chris Rose to sort and number them ready for Huon Hooke and his teams to judge next week. The results will be announced on…


Historic Eden Valley

From their historic Avon Brae property set in the rugged beauty of the Eden Valley, David and Mardi Hall select only the best parcels of fruit to be made into wine under the Eden Hall label. The cool climate, ancient soils and the long ripening period provide ideal conditions for the production of exceptional wines…


Boutique Trophy Dinner

Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show Trophy Dinner An invitation from CEO Judith Kennedy and Chairman Huon Hooke. Join the trophy winners and celebrate with them, the sponsors and wine lovers when the trophies are announced and served with a five star, five course, celebration meal. The evening will commence with the winning sparkling…

Chaine Hotel D?Angleterre

Lease Incentives For Cafes And Restaurants

Are you considering entering or renewing an existing lease?  Landlords are increasingly using lease incentives to induce hospitality businesses to enter into a commercial lease. We review the tax implications of the most common lease incentives and potential pitfalls to watch out for. Read this Article  


Small Business Restructure

New legislation regarding the Government’s Small Business package will allow small businesses to change their legal structure without incurring an income tax liability.  We explain how the new restructure rollover works and what businesses are eligible. Read this Article  



The Ask Huon series of masterclasses continues to intrigue wine lovers and curious wine students alike. The capacity classes are held at the Prince Wine Store in Zetland during the last week of each month. The current class being held on Thursday 28 April features the similarities and differences between the Hunter Valley and the…



HAVE YOU HEARD?   The Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show has extended its reach to offer free freight to more winemakers this year. Mainfreight picks up from its nominated depots in Auckland, Christchurch, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth plus Redgate in Margaret River and Allandale in the Hunter Valley.  We now have arrangements in…

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Hunter Valley Boutique

Another Hunter Valley Vineyard has entered the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show looking to find gold! Ernest Hill Wines is situated at the gateway to the Hunter Valley’s famous Pokolbin District. The Vineyard was originally planted in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s by Harry Tulloch for Seppelts Wines and was later renamed the Pokolbin…


Margaret River Enters the Boutique Show

“If the grapes are grown right from the start, the wine will essentially make itself.” David Hohnen McHenry Hohnen Vintners are a family-owned winery in the southern part of the Margaret River wine region. The history of McHenry Hohnen wines begins when winemaker and 3rd generation biological farmer David Hohnen and vine growing brother-in-law Murray…


Tiny, Mini Boutique – All True.

An early entry into the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show this year is BELLEVUE ESTATE. This family owned winery is a labour of love for the 2 generations of Vandeleur family who tend this 10-acre single vineyard estate based in the main street of McLaren Vale. With over 20 vintages under his belt…

Chairman Huon Hooke

Masterclasses: Italy v Oz-Itals, and Riesling

February 24 — ITALY versus OZ-ITALS Australian winemakers take on Italy’s finest in my first masterclass for 2016. We’ll taste a great Chianti against one of Australia’s best sangioveses; a nebbiolo from a top Piedmont winery against a leading Aussie nebbiolo; a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo against a top Aussie ‘monty’; and an Italian barbera, dolcetto and…


Needing Business Advice?

ESV is a Sydney-based accounting and business advisor. They are the appointed Auditor to the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc. They are also a generous sponsor. Should you have any queries regarding your wine business please do not hesitate to contact Tim Valtwies, ESV Partner on 02 9283 1666. ESV is located at 55…


FREE FREIGHT for Boutique Wine Show

Mainfreight offers FREE FREIGHT from regional Australia and also two points in New Zealand for all entries.. This wine show was established in 1996 in order to give the boutique winemakers the opportunity to win trophies and medals even if they have small quantities of the wine available. The show is open to Australian and…


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