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10th Anniversary New England Wine Show a Success!!

Thu 30th Oct 2014

*Photo:  At the Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes, after the first day’s judging: (L-R): Geoff Cowey ( Australian Wine Industry Research Institute), Huon Hooke (leading wine writer and Chair of Judges), Mike de Garis (wine consultant and formerly Chief Winemaker & General Manager of Rothbury Estate) and Stephen Doyle (Owner & Winemaker Bloodwood Wines, Orange).




The 10th Anniversary New England Wine Show, held at the historic Glen Innes showgrounds during 15-17 October 2014, attracted over 150 entries from the New England and surrounding regions. 44% of entries won an award this year which judges said was well above average for wine shows in general.


The major Awards (attached) again reflected a blend of New England and Granite Belt wines and included:


  • Trophy: The 2014 Judging Panel Shield for Chief Steward’s Pick of Golds: 2013 Topper’s Mountain Barrel-Ferment Sauvignon Blanc


  • The Best Non-Aromatic White Wine of Show:  2012 Kurrajong Downs Timbarra Gold Chardonnay


  • Trophy: The Best Other Variety Red Wine of Show:  2012 Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo


  • Trophy: The NSW Trade & Investment Award for the Best New England Australia GI Wine of Show; and Best Aromatic White Wine of Show:  2014 Symphony Hill Gewurztraminer (made from New England grape)


  • Trophy: The Whish Family Shield for the Best Wine of Show:  2012 Ballandean Estate Malbec


  • Trophy: The Glen Innes Show Society Ribbon for the Champion Winery of Show:  Symphony Hill



The New England Wine Show has become entrenched as the premier judged wine show for the New England – North West region.  It is an invitational regional show, inviting wines from adjoining regions for judging along with local New England wines. It is also now one of only 21 “feeder” shows for the annual National Wine Show.


The awards were presented at the gala dinner held on the evening of  Friday 17 October at the beautiful Glen Innes Town Hall accompanied by a superb 5 course degustation dinner prepared by the region’s Peter Malcolm from Rafters in Guyra, and complemented by last year’s trophy-winning wines.


The Judging Panel, chaired this year by the renowned Huon Hooke, also included Stephen Doyle (Owner & Winemaker Bloodwood Wines, Orange), Mike DeGaris

(formerly Chief Winemaker & General Manager of Rothbury Estate),  and Geoff Cowey from the Australian Wine Industry Research Institute.


Once again the judges commented on the interesting non-traditional wine varieties grown in the New England, of its interesting red and white blends; and that the quality of New England wines is already excellent and getting better each year.


Huon Hooke, who has now chaired the judging panel twice at the Show, said “It is great being able to taste interesting wines here that I cannot get anywhere else” and he urged the region to continue with such a great wine show.  He said he realised that the New England (becoming known for its luscious whites and lighter reds) complement nicely the wines coming out of the Granite Belt (known for its full bodied reds and some whites). Mike de Garis called the New England Wine Show “An absolute gem” and described it as “ of the great Shows” he attends each year. Stephen Doyle described the Show as an “enigmatic show….improving all the time …a credit to all involved” and also urged the Committee to “..keep the Show local and personal”.


Gold award winners at the Show are automatically eligible entries into the annual National Wine Show held in Canberra.


Full awards results will be posted on the Show’s website at and all New England wines which won awards are eslewhere on this website


Further Information

For further commentary on the New England Wine Show, please contact:


Mark Kirkby

Acting President: New England Wine Industry Association Inc

Committee Member: New England Wine Show Committee

Ph:  0411 880 580



For individual award winners’ photographs, contact:

Merilyn Hottes

Treasurer / Secretary

New England Wine Show Committee

Ph:  02 6732 1759