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Riesling challenge attracts all time record number of entries

The 2006 Hyatt International Riesling Challenge has attracted a record number of entries with winemakers from eight countries registering.

“In 2005 we were thrilled to receive 328 entries. It is a real sign of the success and growing prestige of this competition that we have managed to establish a new benchmark,” said Ken Helm, Chair of the Hyatt International Riesling Challenge.

“The fact that we have received 164 overseas entries this year demonstrates that we now have a truly international competition.

“Germany, the birthplace of Riesling, leads the way with 92 entries, followed by New Zealand with 43 wines entered. For the first time we have South African, French and Czech Republic entries in the Challenge.”

The 2006 Riesling Challenge also received entries from the United States of America and Canada. There are 271 Australian entries with the ACT and all States except Queensland represented. Canberra Region wineries are again prominent with 26 entries to face the judging panel which will be chaired for the first time by Yalumba’s Louisa Rose.

Mr Helm says the 2006 competition has attracted increased sponsorship with Audi Australia and Riedel supporting this year’s event.

“For the first time our judges will be tasting the wines from Riedel glasses – arguably the finest wine glasses in the world,” Mr Helm said.

The 2006 Hyatt International Riesling Challenge will take place at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra from 11–14 October.

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