Media Release – 2024 Judging Team Announced


Date: 03/05/2024


Celebrating a Quarter Century: National Cool Climate Wine Show Unveils Stellar Line-Up of Industry Leaders for 25th Anniversary Judging Panel


Bathurst NSW – As the National Cool Climate Wine Show marks its 25th anniversary, it is proud to announce the participation of leading figures in the wine industry as judges for this year’s event. With entries open 20th May, judging to take place from 19th -23rd August 2024, this milestone competition will feature two panels of judges chaired by esteemed experts, ensuring a competition of the highest calibre.


Leading the charge as Chief Judge is Russell Cody of McWilliams and Calabria Family Wines, whose extensive experience and leadership in wine judging are set to guide the event towards unprecedented standards of excellence. The judging panels will be chaired by Geoff Alexander of Brown Brothers and Rob Mack of Aphelion Wines, both of whom bring their rich expertise and deep passion for cool climate wines to the forefront of the competition.


Joining them are accomplished judges who are renowned in the wine community for their discerning palates and deep knowledge of viticulture:


John Coughlan- DeBortoli Wines

Dave Mavor- Wine Selectors

Leah Mottin- Domaine Chandon

Amy Sutherland Smith- Warrabilla Wines


“The calibre of judges this year is truly exceptional. Each judge brings a unique perspective that is crucial for assessing the subtle complexities of cool climate wines,” said Russell Cody, “Their collective expertise not only reinforces the credibility of our competition but also enhances the educational richness of the show.”

“We are delighted to have such distinguished figures in the wine industry joining us to celebrate 25 years of the National Cool Climate Wine Show,” added Lee Moras, Chairwoman.  “Their invaluable input will undoubtedly contribute to a successful and enlightening event for all participants.”


About the National Cool Climate Wine Show:

Founded in 1999, the National Cool Climate Wine Show is one of the premier wine competitions in Australia, dedicated to showcasing the distinct qualities and diversity of wines produced in cooler climates.



Lee Moras


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