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2017 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards

Entries for the 2017 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards are now open.

Wines can be entered on-line at http://winewise.net.au/wwsva-entry-form/

The Awards are limited to producers who crushed 250 tonnes or less for their own label in the 2017 vintage.  Wholly or partially owned subsidiaries of producers crushing greater than 250 tonnes are not eligible for entry.

There is no minimum stock requirement.

Wines need not necessarily be bottled on the day of entry but must be commercially bottled before their dispatch for judging.  Tank or barrel samples, if detected, will be disqualified.

Commercial labels are preferred, but not essential.  However, every bottle entered must be clearly identified.

There is no limit on the number of entries per class per entrant but the number of bottles required per entry is two (2) bottles

Entries close at 5:00 pm on Friday, 4 August 2017. All wines entered must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, 11 August 2017.

The entry fee is $75.00 per wine entered.

Regulations and conditions of entry can be found at http://winewise.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-SVA-Regulations.pdf

Trophies take the form of magnificent Peter Crisp plates which are embossed in pure gold.

All wines entered (2 bottles of each please) should be sent to:


C/- Lester Jesberg

74 Companion Crescent

Flynn  ACT 2615



Like last year, we will keep class sizes to a maximum of ten wines. This, we hope, will avoid situations where the biggest, most obvious wines dominate – as they often do in large classes. Where more than ten wines are entered in a class, our stewards will randomise the entries and split them into groups of ten or fewer. The top wine in each group will progress to the next round.



Another unique feature of the SVA is our scoring system. We’ve never been fans of the 100 point scale, and feel that even the 20 point scale can be unwieldy and unrepresentative. We use the 5 – 0 scale where:

5 = gold medal

4 = silver

3 = bronze

Then we have 2, 1,  0

The whole scale is used.



Bryan Currie                Hungerford Hill

Kate Hibberson           Mount Majura

Lex Howard                 Winewise
Simon Killeen              Simão & Co

Nick Knappstein         Riposte

Jo Marsh                      Billy Button Wines
Helen McCarthy          Mountadam
Ian McKenzie              Consulting Oenologist

Jeremy Nascimben       Calabria Family Wines
Nick O’Leary              Nick O’Leary Wines
Deb Pearce                  Winewise
David Yeates               Winewise
Chairman  Lester Jesberg


All gold and silver medal winners will be fully reviewed in Winewise. Entrants seeking feedback will be provided with all judges’ comments on their wines. Very few wine shows provide this service. A full listing of results  will be sent to all entrants within a week of the conclusion of judging.


Lester Jesberg

Chairman of Judges







New Holland


WID 2017