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The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards to honour Vermouth for the first time

Entry for The 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) is now open and the Awards will this year introduce a new trophy for the Best Vermouth to recognise its growing popularity in Australia.

Alongside the new Vermouth category, an additional Victorian Wines of Provenance Trophy will be awarded, ensuring both a white and a red wine will be recognised.

The Victorian Wines of Provenance Trophy, which was introduced in 2014, recognises Victorian producers who show consistency, quality and excellence over three vintages of the same wine, over a minimum of 10 years.

RMWA Chairman of Judges, Tom Carson, said the introduction of the second Victorian Wines of Provenance award was based on feedback from last year’s judging panel and industry leaders.

“James Halliday, who chaired the panel, commented on the outstanding quality of the entries and along with the judging panel was torn at the final stage to have to choose between two impressive set of wines, one red and one white,” Mr Carson said.

“It was obvious that in the future, the award should be for both red and white wine.”

Up to 25 major trophies will be awarded this year, including the much coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine, The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy, The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified and The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence.

The judging of the 2015 RMWA will take place from October 5- 9 at Melbourne Showgrounds by a judging panel made up of industry experts including leading local wine-makers, media and sommeliers.

The RMWA are a celebration of excellence in Australian winemaking and are renowned both nationally and internationally as Australia’s largest and most prestigious wine awards program, attracting more than 3000 entries per year. 

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the RMWA are continually growing and developing new categories and classes to ensure their relevance and value.

The RMWA gives producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards; seek advice from an independent panel of experts; and to promote and market award winning products using the RMWA’s seal of approval. 

Winners will be announced at a presentation on Thursday 15 October, followed by the opportunity for exhibitors to participate in the RMWA Exhibitor Tasting on Friday 16 October.  The Wine Communicators of Australia Trophy Luncheon will be held following the Tasting.

 On Friday 23 October, Melbourne wine enthusiasts will have the chance to taste medal winning wines across a range of varieties.

For more information visit http://www.rasv.com.au/Events/RMWS_Home/

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he Royal Melbourne Wine Awards – Key Dates 2015

  • Entries open: 30 June 2015
  • Entries close: 14 August 2015
  • Judging: 5-9 October
  • Presentation: 15 October
  • Exhibitor Tasting: 16 October
  • Consumer Tasting: 23 October

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE WINE AWARDS, DISCOVERING AND REWARDING AUSTRALIA’S BEST WINES AND WINEMAKERS

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) is the most respected wine show in Australia recognising and rewarding excellence in Australian winemaking.

The RMWA have an extensive and proud history of over 130 years on the wine industry calendar, and today attracts over 3000 entries per year. The RMWA give producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards; seek advice from an independent panel of experts; and to promote and market award winning products using the RMWA’s seal of approval.