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Kennedy retires from the Boutique Wine Show

Judith Kennedy AM has announced her retirement from her role as Manager and CEO of  the Boutique Wine Show after 22 years. She remains the CEO of the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc (AABW). In 1996,retired film producer Judith Kennedy entered the wine industry with the plan to establish a platform for the ‘small…

One big bite for the apple isle

Tasmania’s Home Hill owners Rosemary and Terry Bennett have been awarded in four classes – including the illustrious Wine of Show – for their Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 at the Boutique Wine Awards Presentation today. See RESULTS for full details.   Rosemary and Terry Bennett here with Nitesh Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Just…


Results are announced at the Presentation Lunch on 4 August.  All results will be on this web site in the results section on 5 August.

Rain, wind, heat, repeat

  New entries for the Wine Show are still coming in; the latest from Geograph, WA. It’s been the wettest, coldest Summer anyone can remember.  Usually by this time of year the vines are the only swathe of colour in a dry, dusty valley. But after heavy rainfalls in February the paddocks are green again. The kangaroos…

The Rise and Rise of Andrew Thomas

  Thomas Wines is one of the Hunter Valley’s most renowned winemakers, nationally and internationally acclaimed for its exceptional, single vineyard Hunter Valley wines. Owner and winemaker Andrew (Thommo) Thomas is regarded as the rising star winemaker of the Hunter Valley. Many feel that he has re-invented Hunter Valley Semillon, most likely due to his…

Final Call for Entries

The entries for the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show will close on Tuesday 27th June. Wine of Show, Red and White Wine of Show, Estate Grown and Produced plus many gold, silver and bronze medals to be won. Free freight via Mainfreight is now finished and all samples need to be sent…

Trophy Presentation Event Re-Invented.

On Friday 4 August there will be a double celebration for the winners. The Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney is the venue for the Trophy Celebration Lunch. All trophy wines will be served with the three course meal. Following the lunch the TOP 100 medal winners will be available for the trade and public to discover…

Clyde Park – Label winner last year!

In 2016 They won five medals for excellent wines plus the top gong for the Label Competition. Back again this year for more! Fine wine, magnificent views and luscious fruit are what you can expect from the Clyde Park Vineyard. The setting on the truly unique hills surrounding the Moorabool River, 30 kilometres north of…

Wignalls up for More Medals

Founder Bill Wignall passed away many years ago and left behind him the legacy of successful pinot noir production when it was still a very hard variety to produce successfully in Australia. Today his son Rob is at the helm and still making medal-winning pinot. Rob writes “At the very heart of any visit to…

CEO Judith Kennedy Australia Day Citation

AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS CEO Judith Kennedy Awarded Medal of Merit The Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers (AABW)                                                                  is very proud to welcome the appointment of our CEO Judith Kennedy AM as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia. The appointment was made by His Excellency, Governor General, the Honourable Sir Peter…

Gralyn Wins Big Again!

Margaret River’s Gralyn Estate recently won the Winestate Fortified Trophy of the Year with their Museum Muscat. Merilyn, Graham and Brad Hutton show off their new bling!

Judges Confirmed for the Boutique Wine Show.

Chairman Huon Hooke and CEO Judith Kennedy announce the judges for the 2017 show. Huon Hooke Chairman, Toni Paterson MW, Gary Baldwin, Peter Leske, Andrea Pritzker MW, Andrew Thomas, Mike De Iuliis, Celine Rousseau During 2017 the judging will be held in early July and the closing date for forms and samples is Monday 26…

Wines that follow the moon and stars

Discovering vineyards that respect the earth and celestial calendars. A report from the tiny winery which is tucked into a hillside outside Siena, Italy. Dante Lomazzi and Helena Variara, Colombaia’s owners say “You have days of fire, air and days of earth – the twelve constellations are our helpers.  Our work is to enter the…

2017 DATES to NOTE

Application forms for the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show will be emailed out and on this web site early January. The closing date for all samples and forms is Monday 26 June 2017. The Trophy Presentation dinner will be in Sydney on Thursday 3 August 2017. The Show Chairman is Huon Hooke.

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.

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.


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…

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