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Wine Awards

Celebrating its 144th year, the Royal Queensland Wine Awards (RQWA) stands as a premier platform for winemakers across Australia. As the inaugural wine show on the national calendar, this event sets the benchmark for the new season's vintage evaluation, honouring the rich traditions of excellence in winemaking and viticulture.

In 2024, Chief Judge Tom Carson will lead an assembly of expert wine judges hailing from every corner of the country. Employing the globally recognized 100-point scoring system, these judges will meticulously assess exhibits based on condition, colour, bouquet, and flavour. The highest-rated gold medal-winning wines will undergo a second tasting and ranking to determine trophy recipients across various categories. The Chief Judge, in collaboration with an RQWA Council Steward, holds the pivotal authority to confer a trophy.

The coveted 2024 Angelo Puglisi Grand Champion Wine trophy will bestow upon its recipient a $12,000 fellowship, designed to enhance their understanding of the national and international wine industry through travel, training, and education.

In partnership with Treasury Brisbane, the RNA will present the winner of the Treasury Brisbane Emerging Queensland Winemaker of the Year Award with an exclusive opportunity. This includes attendance at the Australian Wine Research Institute's Advanced Wine Assessment Course and the privilege of having their wines featured at Treasury Brisbane outlets.

The RQWA remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting winemakers nationwide in realizing the commercial potential of their achievements. Following the judging process, showcased wines will be presented to consumers at the eighth annual Grape Grazing by Night on Friday, July 12, 2024. Exhibitors will have the unique opportunity to present their wines and directly engage with over 900 wine enthusiasts in Brisbane.

Don't miss out on this exceptional nationwide competition, offering unparalleled exposure for your wine and brand, and the chance to compete for the prestigious $12,000 fellowship.


Entries open
1 March 2024
Entries Close
Friday 31 May 2024
Judging Commences
Monday 1 July
Grape Grazing by Night 2024
Friday 12 July 2024

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2023 Wine Awards