About The Show

The 22nd National Cool Climate Wine Show will be held from 7th to 10th December 2021

The National Cool Climate Wine Show (NCCWS) is celebrating a very cool 22 years, receiving over 800 entries from cool climate wine producing regions across Australia.

The National Cool Climate Wine Show held in Bathurst is the largest cool climate specific event of its kind in Australia. Supported by the huge entry portfolio hence sustaining this title over the event lifetime, this event has become a principal Australian cool climate wine show since its conception in 1998, one of the largest premium wine shows held inland from a capital city.

Bathurst, only two and a half hours west of Sydney, is well known for its distinct seasons. As an emerging wine area you will discover cellar doors and vineyards producing a rich diversity of cool climate wines, many of them prestigious award winners. They are located in the hills and valleys surrounding Australia’s oldest inland settlement, and even on the slopes of the iconic Mount  Panorama Racing Circuit with vineyards at elevations ranging from 700 to over 1000 metres.

With 36 classes, from noble varieties to upcoming grape varieties, incorporating and welcoming boutique and large wine making companies, with a primary focus to provide benchmarking opportunities and to gain valuable feedback from well-respected industry judges on cool climate specific wines.

We celebrate various objectives;

1) Benchmarking opportunities providing world class feedback for all cool climate wine producers – large and small, to compare their offerings in a competitive marketplace.

2) Highlighting and raising the profile of all cool climate growing regions across Australia, with the benefits of more exposure and purchasing such wines.


How does one assess all the complex qualities of a wine, and then reduce this experience into a numerical rating against which other wines can be compared and evaluated? This conundrum has puzzled wine judges and tasters for many years, and although it is generally conceded that no system is perfect, the Australian Wine Show scorecard system has now been almost universally accepted for wine shows in this country.

This approach to wine appraisal scores a wine out of twenty and is often referred to as the 3/7/10 system. It is essentially similar to a method developed at the Roseworthy Agricultural College Faculty of Oenology. It allows a knowledgeable judge to score a wine with considerable precision by allocating points separately to desirable features and to faults. The 20 point scale is divided into appearance (clarity and colour) 3 points, nose (aroma and bouquet) 7 points and palate (flavour) 10 points. With three judges awarding points, the scores are then totalled and divided by 3 to reflect the average.

The medals for the Wine Show are awarded according to the judges’ score as follows:
Gold Medal 18.5 to 20.0 points
Silver Medal 17.0 to 18.4 points
Bronze Medal 15.5 to 16.9 points


Patron: Ron Camplin, OAM HonDA CSturt
Chairman / Head Steward: Mark Haley
Secretary: Felicity Baines
Administration: Lee Moras