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Label Competition Opens for 2014

The LABEL design competition is open to New Zealand and Australian wine companies, Professional Designers and Student Designers. Chair of Judges Nicola Rennie says ” I joined the judging panel for last year’s competition and was really inspired and excited by what I saw, there are some great labels being created within the industry, and…

Six Nations Victory – Huon Hooke

Despite the entry of the United States, Australia won the Wine Challenge. Read Huon Hooke’s The Sydney Morning Herald Report Images Jorg Gartelmann (Gartelmann Hunter Valley Wines) and Greg Melick (Pressing Matters Tasmania) and Huon Hooke  presenting the trophies at the Six Nations Trophy Wine Degustation Dinner at Doltone House on 3 October.

Dan Berger Reports on the US Winners

In a typical year I judge at about a dozen wine competitions, and recently I participated in two of the most interesting. Alas, the results may be meaningful to Americans only as a curiosity since most of the wines in both events aren’t available in the United States. What makes these two events noteworthy is…


Bodega Colomé con su Torrontés 2012, Bodega Trivento con su Golden Reserve Malbec 2011 y Bodega Noemia con su vino 2 Cabernet Merlot 2010 han recibido trofeos en el Six Nations Wine Challenge organizado en Sydney en Agosto de este año. Esta nueva versión del certamen australiano, donde compiten sólo por invitación los mejores vinos…

Triumph for Hiro Kusuda of Martinborough

The Shiraz/Syrah trophy, Red Wine of Show and Wine of Show were all awarded to New Zealand winemaker Hiro Kusuda of Martinborough for his 2010 Syrah. Austrade CEO Mr Kevin Gosper acknowledged Australia’s strong support for the Six Nations Wine Challenge at a degustation dinner event held to celebrate the  17 trophy winners in this…

Challenge Trophy Wine Tasting at Villa Maria

Bob Campbell MW and Challenge President Judith Kennedy will host an informal tasting of the 17 trophy winning wines recently judged in Sydney at the Six Nations Wine Challenge judging. The tasting will be held between 5pm and 6.30pm on Thursday October 24. Invitations are now going out to all NZ winemakers who are able…

Boutique Wine Awards Winners

West Australian Gold Rush! 17 trophies were awarded by the judges at this year’s Boutique Wine Awards and nine of them were won by WA. Wine of Show, White Wine of Show,  Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, White Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blend and fortified all went west this year! Chairman Huon Hooke commented “It is…

Boutique Association Strengthens the Team

The Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers is pleased to announce that Daniela Penno has joined the Sydney office as International PR Consultant. Daniela is a dedicated public relations professional with more than eight years of experience. Following a career spanning multinational PR agencies in South America and five years of experience in Australia Daniela founded…

The Judging is Over

The Six Nations Wine Challenge judging is complete. The week was very successful with all judges reporting high standards as would be expected. The new country involved the USA went away with some trophies which pleased Dan Berger immensely. The full list of results will be on this site on 4 October. Right now we…

Why Garlic?

Well just to attract your attention actually! AND Fox Run Vineyards based in New York USA  holds a garlic festival annually AND have entered their Riesling 2011 into the SIX NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE following an invitation from well known Napa Valley wine judge DAN BERGER. The reason we want your attention is to make you…

South Africa Calling

South African wine has been an important part of the Six Nations Wine Challenge since its inception ten years ago. Over the decade the availability and the quality has grown in leaps and bounds and the Wine of Show last year was claimed by their marvelous sparkling wine the Villiera Wines Monro Cap Classique 2007….

Experience is the Key

Managing a wine show and ensuring a high level of operation demands careful quality control loads of experience, professionalism, industry respect, technical excellence and a sense of humour. The whole team is carefully chosen from senior judges to the steward washing the glasses. Chairman Huon Hooke selects all the judges and Judith Kennedy rounds up…

Vignerons Going the ‘Full Monty’

Boutique Vigneron Millie Vandeleur in her family vineyard Bellevue Estate in McLaren Vale. A few years after the commencement of the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers and industry acceptance of these awards we realized that the small producers who ‘go it alone’ should be recognized with a dedicated trophy – Estate Grown and Produced. The…

New Chair for Design Competition

CEO Judith Kennedy announced today that Nicola Rennie LLM has accepted the appointment as Chair of Australia’s Wine Label Design Competition 2014. Nicola is bringing strength to the project with an enormous passion for wine design demonstrated by her outstanding blog and retail site Combining a background in law with an eye for…

Young Sommelier of the Year Announced

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs announced that Jarrod Mills from Est Restaurant wins Australian Young Sommeliers Competition 2013 Jarrod Mills will be heading to Washington DC to represent Australia at the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (La Chaîne) International Young Sommeliers’ competition on 19 October. John Studdert, Echanson d’Australie (L) pictured here with Jarrod. Jarrod won this…

Champions for the Master Class

  Master Class Australia Vs the USA Monday 26 August. Fix St James 4pm – 6pm. Here is the list of Dan Berger’s wines he has chosen for the Master Class where he will show this selection against Huon Hooke’s (Image)  selection from the same classes. These are selected from the wines in the 6…

50 Years of Folly

Judith Kennedy went to visit the winery and found the caricature of Max Lake complete with toga, a tempting ‘Kodak moment’. Lake’s folly winemaker Rodney Kempe has agreed to enter their Chardonnay into the 6 Nations Wine Challenge this year. Their philosophy of not entering shows has not been broken due to this being a…

Battle of Bosworth joins the Fight!

One of the first Australian wines to enter the Six Nations Wine Challenge this year is McLaren Vale’s Battle of Bosworth. They have entered one of their red wines (Huon Hooke’s choice) hoping to take on the Americans, Chileans, Argentineans, New Zealanders and the South Africans for a trophy. The judging is in Sydney during…

2017 Boutique Wine Show

The lunch is a double event


The tasting is a single event

Event date: 4 August 2017
Event venue: The Shangri-La Hotel,
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney.


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