The FIVE Nations Wine Challenge commenced in 2003 (with its head office in Sydney) as the Tri Nations Wine Challenge and James Halliday as the Chairman. In 2011 Argentina and Chile joined Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to make five!
The judges are: Huon Hooke (Australia), Michael Fridjhon (South Africa), Bob Campbell MW (New Zealand), Fabricio Portelli (Argentina) and Eduardo Brethauer (Chile). The chair rotates each year and Bob Campbell is Chairman for 2013.
The classes are: Sparkling, Aromatic, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Other White Varietals, White Blends, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Carmenere, Major reds (e.g. Malbec and Cabernet Franc) Bordeaux Blends, Red Blends (non Bordeaux), Other Red Varieties (e.g. Sangiovese, Zinfandel) and Shiraz/syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dessert (non fortified).
This show is unique in that the wines in the Challenge exclusively come in by invitation from the judges. Annually the five judges each choose a total of 110 wines from their country, spread across the classes with no more than nine wines in any one class.
2012 Challenge results will be on this page on 27 October.