This show was established in 1996 by the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc., in order to give the boutique winemakers the opportunity to win trophies and medals even if they have very small quantities of the wine commercially available.
Huon Hooke (Chairman), Toni Paterson MW, Gary Baldwin, Peter Leske, Nick Butler, Andrew Thomas, Mike De Iuliis, Celene Rousseau & Andrea Pritzker MW.
The show is open to Australian and New Zealand boutique wine companies. The maximum tonnage for any wine company entering is 250 ton in order to keep the show truly ‘Boutique’. The company must be independently owned that is, not owned by a large commercial entity.
There are 17 Classes and the entry requirements do not look for any particular vintages or price points. The classes are simply described by variety and the aim is that you enter your best wine. Wine of Show is celebrated and there is a special Estate Grown and Produced trophy for one of the trophy winners who literally ‘goes it alone’ with no outside help at all.