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Canberra Riesling challenge begins this week

One of the biggest international promotions of Riesling starts today, at the Albert Hall in Canberra.

The 18th Canberra International Riesling Challenge during the week 9–14 October, will see the judging of 517 Rieslings from 225 wineries across seven countries. Then winemakers, consumers and the wine trade can learn about the secrets of the golden wine, Riesling, at a Master Class, before the week concludes with one of the biggest consumer tastings of Riesling in the world.

Judges from Germany, USA, New Zealand, and Australia will rate the wines by region, country and the world over three days with results announced on Friday evening at an Awards ceremony at the Hotel Realm in Canberra. The judges of this this year’s entries will be John Belsham (NZ), Steve Baraglia (South Australia), Greer Carland (Tasmania), Alison Eisermann (NSW), Steffen Schindler (Germany), Trent Mannell (NSW) and Jim Trezise (USA).

Riesling is the most flexible of grapes making a wide range of styles. The Riedel Riesling Master Class (Old and New, Rieslings from Germany and Canberra District), will showcase Riesling trends and styles and compare international to local.

The Challenge is unique to Canberra. Its longevity and popularity reflect the growing interest in Riesling in all of its styles among consumers and producers. 

Riesling Week Events:

  • Riesling Tasting: Jim Murphy Market Cellars – 7 October 2017
  • Judging: Albert Hall, Canberra – 9 to 12 October 2017
  • Riesling Master Class: Hotel Realm –11am to 2pm, 13 October 2017
  • Awards Announcement & Trophy Presentation: Hotel Realm Barton – 5.30–7pm,13 October 2017
  • Realm Riesling Dinner: Hotel Realm – 13 October 2017
  • Riesling Consumer Tasting: Albert Hall — 11am to 3pm,14 October 2017 (cost $50, payable at the door)





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