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Hyatt Riesling Challenge attracts international support

In a major coup, the Hyatt International Riesling Challenge, held annually in Canberra, has attracted Audi Australia Pty Ltd as a major sponsor for the 2006 event.

"Audi is the first international sponsor for the Challenge and has already assisted in drawing world-wide attention to this major event," said Ken Helm, Chair of the Hyatt International Riesling Challenge.

"The association of the Hyatt International Riesling Challenge and Audi combines two prestigious and finely-crafted vehicles of world renown — cars and wines. It further demonstrates the growing profile of our event both here and overseas."

Entries for the 2006 competition are now open with Riesling makers from Europe, South Africa, North America, New Zealand and Australia, all seeking recognition in one of the most important international wine events in the Southern Hemisphere. Entry schedules have been sent to Riesling makers throughout the world inviting them to send their entry details prior to the 11 August deadline.

The Challenge will again be held in Australia's Capital, Canberra, at the Hyatt Hotel from 11–14 October 2006 with the Awards announced at a Gala dinner on Friday 13 October. The dinner will be attended by the ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and Ambassadors and High Commissioners from many Riesling producing countries.

The Challenge was launched in 2000 by a number of Riesling enthusiasts led by Canberra Winemaker, Ken Helm. Wine guru Wolf Blass, the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Qantas, Canberra wine merchant Jim Murphy, Canberra businesses, and the ACT Government have all strongly supported the event, enabling it to achieve its growing international status.

Entries in the 2006 Hyatt International Riesling Challenge will be judged by a panel chaired by Louisa Rose, an internationally renowned winemaker and judge from Yalumba Wines in South Australia's Barossa Valley. The remainder of the expert judging panel are drawn from Germany, New Zealand and Australia.

Entrants in the 2006 Challenge are again competing for a Qantas trip to the German Rhineland, staying at the Hyatt Mainz. Also up for grabs are Top 10 Riesling awards from each country, and trophies for the best European and North American wines as well as Class winners.

"The winning of an award at the Hyatt International Riesling Challenge is highly regarded and signifies that the wine is of premium international quality," Ken Helm said.

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