With a new focus and trend on alternative grape varieties in Australia we have excitedly amended our Dry Red Class to encourage more Mediterranean and European grape varieties. In the last two years there has been a very solid argument from cool climate alternative grape producers, producing beautiful wines, grasping the very essence of these wonderful varieties with vigor.
Recent white grape varieties have included (however not limited to); Vermentino, Verduzzo, Fiano, Grüner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Arneis, Viognier, Schonburger, Savagnin. Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris have their own dedicated class.
Recent red grape varieties have included (however not limited to); Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Marzemino, Teroldego, Tempranillo, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc, Blaufrankisch, Aglianico, Lagrein, Nero d’Avola.
In 2016 and 2017 there has been a Mediterranean grape variety on the table for the Wine of Show Trophy selection. Our judges are finding these varieties very appealing and well made.