Bendigo Bank Geelong Wine Show

Now in its 17th year, the Geelong Wine Show continues to bring together big and small producers from across the Geelong Wine Region showcasing the diversity of their wines.

Our event celebrates the Geelong Wine Region  showcasing the diversity and quality of our cool climate varieties and  giving our producers the opportunity to promote their premium wines .

This event is an essential benchmarking opportunity in the wine industry and this year’s wine show will welcome Corinna Wright as Chief Judge with assistance from Ralph Kyte-Powell & Tom Hogan

It is with thanks to the sponsors, judges and Geelong region producers who make the Geelong Wine Show one of the standout regional wine shows in Australia.

Aims of the Wine Show

  • To promote excellence in wine growing in the region.
  • To provide winegrowers with a benchmarking opportunity for their wines.
  • To broadly promote the wines of the region to the wine trade and wine drinking public.
  • To identify the best wines of the region each year.
  • To foster links between sponsors and the wine industry.

Awards Presentation Dinner

7pm, Saturday 24 October – RACV Torquay Resort

The Geelong Wine Show culminates in an Awards Presentation Dinner to present and showcase our trophy winners. This year’s event will be held at the picturesque RACV Torquay Resort perched over the stunning Torquay and Jan Juc beaches.

Enjoy a delicious menu featuring premium local ingredients, served alongside our trophy winning wines, with guest presenter Gabriel Gate and award presentations throughout the evening.

Taste and enjoy the Geelong region’s premium cool climate wines and meet the winemakers as we celebrate this year’s award winners.

This once a year dinner is open to both the wine industry and the public with tickets available now.

Don’t miss your chance to attend!

2015 Judges

The purpose of the Committees criteria for judge selection is to ensure a diverse spread of expert opinion and viewpoint in relation to the wines being judged and so bring a broader relevance to the results and any influence they might have on Geelong winemakers and their wines. The wine show committee selects and invites suitable judges on the following criteria:

  • To achieve national/international standard results and avoid regional bias, highly experienced and nationally recognised judges are recruited from outside the Geelong Region.
  • Where possible the panel of 3 judges will consist of:
    • an experienced Chair of judges able to achieve out of a diverse judging panel the best results possible for the wines enetered
    • at least one female judge
    • one winemaker/technical judge
    • one consumer judge, either a wine buyer or sommellier
    • and one wine writer or media judge

Chair of Judges – Corrina Wright

CorrinnaCorrina Wright has wine – and 171 years of family grape growing – flowing through her veins. Described by WBM Magazine as a “legend in the making” and by James Halliday as being part of a “remarkable dynasty” she’s treading a slightly different path among the vines that her forefathers planted, in the Seaview sub-region of McLaren Vale.
Corrina, with cousin Brioni Oliver, is the leading voice of the Oliver family’s sixth generation and the impetus behind their own wine label – Oliver’s Taranga  .

In 1997, Corrina was granted a Scholarship from Southcorp Wines & Adelaide Universityto study for a year at the University of California- Davis. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005, and continues to chair, panel chair and judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. Corrina serves on a number of national, state and local industry boards, and her commitment to the wine industry in Australia was rewarded with a position on the inaugural ‘Future Leaders- Succession for the Australian Wine Industry’ program in 2006.

Ralph Kyte-Powell

Raplph Kyte PowellThe writer who lives for wine.  Whereas many wine writers and reviewers come to the craft sideways from journalism, law or big business, Ralph Kyte-Powell has been in it for the wine from day one.

During his time as a University of Melbourne student he worked for Victorian winery Seppelt, falling immediately in love with the world of vine and cork. Over the next 30 years, he worked in a large range of wine and hospitality jobs; always close enough to the grape to keep the affinity burning.

Kyte-Powell owned a hotel, was a vigneron, sommelier, wine marketer, lecturer and pretty much any other wine-allied job that he could sink his teeth into. Did we mention that the guy genuinely loves wine?

For the past fifteen years, he has written reviews and articles for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and New Zealand’s “Cuisine”, as well as co-editing Penguin’s “Good Australian Wine Guide” for eight vintages. He also continues to judge at wine shows across Australia.

Tom Hogan

Tom HoganDeveloping a passion for wine in his early 20’s, Thomas worked at Langton’s Restaurant & Bar and several other high profile Victorian based establishments before

becoming Head Sommelier at the multi award winning Lake House Daylesford. During his time at Lake House, the establishment received numerous accolades including: Gourmet Traveller Wine “Best Country Wine List 2011”; Gourmet Traveller Wine “Shortlisted, Best Australian Wine List”; The Age Good Food Guide, “Best Regional Wine List”; and Gourmet Traveller Wine’s “Best Regional Wine List” in 2012. He is currently the manager and buyer for Frankie & Harry Wine Bar in Melbourne.

Thomas holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He was the Dux of the Victorian Certified Court of Master Sommelier Examinations, and has successfully completed his Advanced Accreditation in 2011. Noted as a future leader in the wine industry, he was accepted into the exclusive Len Evans Tutorial where he was awarded “Runner-Up to Dux” of the 2012 Tutorial.

Since then Tom has been a regular judge on the wine show circuit.

Please read the conditions of entry and regulations carefully and take care to fill in the entry form correctly. Where required please indicate residual sugar, (enabling wines of similar residual sugar content to be grouped together for judging). Entries that are not commercially labeled require a self adhesive label clearly detailing the following information: winery name, wine name, vintage, variety/varieties, class entered, alcohol content.

Please ensure you pack wines in cartons with the LABEL – 2015 Geelong Wine-Show Carton completed and securely attached.

Wines to be delivered to Terindah Estate between Monday 5 & Friday 9 October 2015


C1 – Sparkling (white or red, any vintage or NV)
C2 – 2014/15 Rosé
C3 – 2014/15 Pinot Gris/Grigio
C4 – 2014 oaked Chardonnay
C5 – 2013 oaked Chardonnay
C6 – 2012 or older oaked Chardonnay
C7 – 2014/15 other whites and blends
C7A – 2013 or older other whites and blends
C8 – 2014 Pinot Noir
C9 – 2013 Pinot Noir
C10 – 2012 or older Pinot Noir
C11 – 2014 Shiraz
C12 – 2013 Shiraz
C13 – 2012 or older Shiraz
C14 – Any vintage other reds and blends
C15 – Any sweet table wine

Entry Form

Conditions of Entry

  1. Wines are eligible to be entered if at least 85% of the fruit is from within the “Geelong Region”. The “Geelong Region” is defined for this event as the Geelong GI area plus the following two extensions: A) the area within 20km of the Geelong GI area boundary. B) The area enclosed on the western side by the line of Longitude 143°32’, on the southern side by the coast, on the northern side by the Hamilton Highway east of the line of Longitude 143°20’, and on the eastern side by the line of the 20km buffer that runs parallel to the western side of the Geelong GI boundary.
  2. Entry is restricted to finished bottled wines which may be unlabelled. Wines entered that are not commercially labelled require a self adhesive label detailing the following information in a clear legible manner. Winery name, Wine name, Vintage, Variety/ies, Class entered, Alcohol content.
  3. Wines entered in varietal classes must be made from 85% or more of the grape variety specified.
  4. Wines entered in classes 1, 2, 7, 7A, 14 & 15 must nominate varietal makeup and each percentage part thereof.
  5. Wines entered in the aged classes 6, 7A, 10 & 13 must be commercially available for sale from a licensed outlet but no minimum stock requirement.
  6. Wines with residual sugar greater than 7g/l may only enter classes 1, 2, 3, 15 & 16. Wines entered in these classes must nominate residual sugar (g/l).
  7. Minimum stock holding for each entry except for classes 6, 7A, 10 & 13 is 20 dozen x 750 ml bottles or equivalent volume of finished bottled wine at Friday 2 October 2015.
  8. In all classes the wine in stock as stated on the Certificate of Entry, may be inspected and checked by the Association or its nominees. Inspections will be made. In which case each Exhibitor shall supply the association with a sealed envelope containing sale(s) reducing stock below the stipulated quantities after the entry date.
  9. Entry fees include GST and are $45 per wine for financial members of GWA and $70 per wine for non-financial members and non-members.
  10. All entries must be in writing on the entry form.
  11. All exhibits shall become the property of the GWA.  Excess wine can be used for promotional, educational and fundraising purposes in order to advance the interests and activities of the Geelong Wine Show
  12. 4 x 750 ml bottles or equivalent volume are required for each entry.
  13. Entry forms accompanied by the appropriate fee must be received by 5 pm on Friday, 2 October 2015.
  14. Wine entries must be delivered (freight paid) between Monday 5 October and Friday 9 October 2015, to Terindah Estate. Refer to ‘delivery of exhibits’ in the key dates section.
  15. No wine is to be entered more than once in the show.
  16. There must be at least 6 entries for any Class otherwise the committee may transfer those wines to another appropriate class. If this is not possible the wine and relevant entry fees will be returned to the exhibitor.
  17. Fees will not be refunded for withdrawn wines.
  18. Protests must be made within 7 days of the award’s announcement. However the judges’ decision is final and no discussion will be entered in to.  Wines may be disqualified if it is shown that:
    a.The entry is not commercially bottled; and/or
    b. The quantity claimed to be produced is found to be false; and
    c. Does not meet all entry standards.
  19. Wines will be judged on the 100 point show judging scheme where:
    a. Gold Medal 95 ponts and over
    b. Silver Medal 90 – 94 points
    c. Bronze Medal 85 – 89 points.
  20. Exhibitors of wines awarded Best of Class trophies will donate 36x750ml bottles or equivalent volume of the trophy winning wine to GWA to be featured at the Awards Presentation Dinner and other promotions.
  21. Any exhibitor may be required to provide wines (up to four dozen) for the Awards Presentation Dinner at $200/case inclusive of WET & GST.
  22. By entering each exhibitor agrees to comply with the ASVO Wine Show Recommendation for the use of wine show medal stickers.

For further clarification see

Key Dates

Wine Entries open – 1 September 2015

Wine Entries close – 2 October 2015

Awards Dinner – early-bird discount closes – 2 October 2015

Delivery of Exhibits – 5-9 October 2015
4 x 750ml or equivalent bottles required per wine entered
Deliver to: Terindah Estate with the attached label – LABEL – 2015 Geelong Wine-Show Carton

Judging Commences – Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Exhibitors/Trade/Sponsors Tasting at Terindah Estate – Thursday, 15 October 2015, 2 – 5pm

Public Tasting TBC

Awards Dinner at RACV Torquay Resrort – Saturday, 24 October 2015, 7pm – 12am

Awards and Trophies

As well as medals awarded to wines reaching award standard, a number of trophies will be presented at the Awards Presentation Dinner.

  • The Bendigo Bank Trophy for Best Wine in Show – Across all classes
  • TBC Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor – Exhibitor with highest aggregate score from their top 4 wines in at least 2 classes
  • The VinVicta Products Trophy for Best Oak Matured  Chardonnay – Class 4, 5 & 6
  • Label House Trophy for Best Other White Variety or Blend – Classes 7 & 7A
  • Best Other Red Variety or Blend – Class 14
  • The Black Salt Trophy for Best Pinot Noir – Class 8, 9 & 10
  • The Sirugue Cooperage Trophy for Best Shiraz – Class 11, 12 & 13

Judging scheme

The Geelong Wine Show is run in accordance with the ASVO Wine Show Project recommendations 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. and all exhibitors shall comply with the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) code of practice for the display of awards. Only Gold Medal wines shall be eligible for trophies.

Wines are assessed by a panel of 3 judges with the results expressed using the 100 point system. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to wines on the following basis:

Gold Medal: 95 points and over
Silver Medal: 90 – 94 points
Bronze Medal: 85- 89 points

Bendigo Bank

2015 Bendigo Bank Geelong Wine Show – Results

A list of 2015 Medal Winners can be downloaded here

Bendigo Bank Trophy – Best Wine of the Show – 2014 Leura Park Estate Shiraz

The Geelong Winegrowers Award – Most Successful Exhibitor – Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Vinvicta Products Trophy – Best Oak Matured Chardonnay – 2014 Ponda Estate Chardonnay

The Black Salt Trophy – Best Pinot Noir – 2014 Mermerus Pinot Noir

The Sirugue Cooperage Trophy – Best Shiraz  – 2014 Leura Park Estate Shiraz

Label House Trophy – Best Other White or Red Varietal or Blend – 2014 Jack Rabbit Vineyard Cabernet Shiraz

Top Performers included:

8 Medals – Jack Rabbit Vineyard
7 Medals – Leura Park
5 Medals – Dinny Goonan
5 Medals- Oakdene
5 Medals – Terindah Estate
5 Medals- Scotchmans Hill


Past Show Results

2014 wineshow web results
2013 Geelong Wine Show

2012 Geelong Wine Show
2011 Geelong Wine Show
2010 Geelong Wine Show
2009 Geelong Wine Show
2008 Geelong Wine Show
2007 Geelong Wine Show
2006 Geelong Wine Show
2005 Geelong Wine Show

The Geelong Wine Show showcases wines from wineries that use Geelong grown fruit to produce wine and is organized by the Geelong Winegrowers Association Inc. (GWA) through the Geelong Wine Show Committee. In 2014 over 200 wines were entered from more than 50 wineries. Judging occurs over a 2 day period which this year will be 14 & 15 October.

The GWA and the Geelong Wine Show Committee is committed to support and facilitate wine industry representatives to gain experience that will benefit themselves as well as the Geelong and broader wine industry in wine show judging. As part of this commitment the Committee has allocated 3 Associate Judge positions, plus a Stewards bench for the volunteer Stewards, for industry representative, sommeliers and winemakers to gain valuable experience.

For the 2015 Geelong Wine Show these 3 Associate Judge positions are allocated by the show committee on the following basis:

  • One position to a nominated invitee to the 2014 Len Evans Tutorial (LET) from Victoria and as agreed upon in consultation between the LET Trustees and the Show Committee.
  • One position is to be nominated by the McLaren Vale Wine Committee as part of a reciprocal Associate Judge arrangement.
  • One position is awarded to an applicant from within the GWA member community who is a GWA member or an employee of a GWA member, whom after due consideration and based on this application is considered by the Geelong Wine Show Committee to be the most suitable person to benefit from such an opportunity.

Applications will open shortly