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Royal Adelaide Wine Show Competition Schedule

2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Entries Now Open!

The Most Prestigious 
Wine Show in Australia

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is the most prestigious wine show in Australia, featuring over 2,500 wines from over 300 wineries across the country.

Wines are judged by a panel of esteemed judges from across Australia over four days, to determine medal and trophy winners.

Australia's Only National School Wine Competition

The RA&HS has established this competition and seminar as an annual event to lift the profile of those schools that make wine, enable the school’s wines to be judged by a professional judging panel, promote the vocations of viticulture and wine making and be an educational experience for the students involved.

Judging

The judges at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show assess the entries each year over four days. To enable a fair and meaningful assessment to be made, the wines are broken into separate classes, for example Aromatic Style, Blends, Varietal Classes (which must contain at least 85% of the specified grape variety), Brandy - and so on.

The judges review each class and on receipt of all results sheets applicable to any one class, the Chairman of Judges has the points totalled, checked and then determines the awards.

Judges do not have access to the exhibits, apart from the unidentified glasses of wine placed in front of them for judging.

Exhibits are judged on points as follows:

Colour and clarity - 3 | Bouquet - 7 | Palate - 10 | Total: 20

 

Medals are awarded as follows:

Gold - 18.5 points & over | Silver - 17.0 to 18.4 points | Bronze - 15.5 to 16.9 points

 

After judging, the top Gold Medal winners are re-assessed to determine the Trophy winners. The Royal Adelaide Wine Show's trophies include one which recognises one of Australia's most renowned winemakers: The Max Schubert Trophy for Best Red Wine in Show, Best White Wine in Show and The Gramp Hardy Hill Smith Prize for Outstanding Wine of Provenance.

 

Many Royal Adelaide Wine Show trophies are now named after individuals who have made a significant contribution to the South Australian and/or Australian wine industry.

For the eleventh consecutive year, WineDirect are delighted to curate the Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen. With a Mixed Dozen and a Red Dozen, both feature Gold Medal and Trophy Winners.

 

2020 Events

RAWS VIP Tasting
Fri, Oct 02
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Oct 02, 11:00 AM
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville SA 5034, Australia
You are invited to a special 2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show VIP TASTING to sample some of this year’s award-winning wines at the Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville.
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WCA Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch
Fri, Oct 02
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Oct 02, 11:30 AM
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville SA 5034, Australia
The WCA Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch is the showpiece event on the SA wine calendar. As part of the event, all guests are invited to attend a special tasting of the show wines before being treated to a three course meal, accompanied by trophy and award-winning wines from the show.
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Taste of the Best
Fri, Oct 02
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Oct 02, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville SA 5034, Australia
Taste of the Best is a public event, providing the opportunity for wine lovers to sample any and all of the wines entered into the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
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RAWS Exhibitor Tasting
Mon, Apr 13
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Apr 13, 9:00 AM
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville SA 5034, Australia
You are invited to a special 2020 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Exhibitor TASTING to sample some of this year’s award-winning wines at the Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville.
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The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is run by 
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