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Lastest news

Lastest news

Riesling winners go national

Australian Rieslings winning Gold or Silver medals at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) now qualify for entry to the National Wine Show (NWS).

In an agreement just reached between the two leading wine events in Canberra, wines which achieve these awards will be eligible to enter the Premium and Single Vineyard classes at the NWS.

The agreement commences with the 2014 Riesling Challenge in October, allowing those eligible to enter the Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia in November 2015 and subsequent Shows. More details here.

Build your knowledge.
Enjoy the tasting

The 2014 Canberra International Riesling Challenge presents five opportunities for those involved in the wine industry and enthusiasts of Riesling to build their knowledge of Riesling and enjoy tasting the world’s best Rieslings among leading experts from Australia, New Zealand, Germany and France.

1. Wine e-commerce seminar conducted by Australia Post.
2. Seminar on Riesling excellence.
3. The Riesling master class.
4. Awards presentation.
5. Riedel Trade and Consumer tasting.

Details in PDF are here.
Details in Word are here.
The booking form in PDF is here.
The booking form in Word is here.

494 entries from nine nations.

The 15th Canberra International Riesling Challenge to be held 13 to 18 October 2014 has attracted 494 entries from 239 wineries representing nine Riesling-producing countries, making it the most prestigious wine event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

Three international and three Australian judges, all of whom are Riesling experts, will judge the entries chaired by internationally recognised New Zealand winemaker, critic and consultant John Belsham. Details of the judges are here.

Seminars on Riesling Excellence conducted by the National Wine and Grape Centre at Charles Sturt University, Riesling Master Classes featuring presentations and tastings by International judges and Australian experts and a massive consumer tasting of all 494 wines, make the Canberra International Riesling Challenge much more than just a wine show. The full media release is here.here.

Riesling is king again

Riesling has become the country’s favourite white wine, according to the Great Vinomofo Wine Census. It is followed by the trusty Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc is relegated to third spot, with only 40 per cent of wine drinkers choosing it as one of their favourite. Details are here.

Congratulations to Dr Wolf Blass

Canberra International Riesling Challenge congratulates Wolf Blass on his being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia. Details here.

2014 Challenge

2014 Challenge

A slideshow of Lannon Harley’s photos of earlier shows is HERE.

Entries open for the 2014 Canberra
International Riesling Challenge

Entries for this year’s challenge open on June 1. Judging Oct 14-16. Awards Oct 17.

The entry form in PDF is here.
The entry form in Excel is here.
The brochure is here.

Media inquiries: Ken Helm AM, CIRC Chair 0418 619 186
CIRC Secretariat 02 6290 1505.

(The booking form for all events is here. Word version is here.

Friday 17 October 8am – 10am, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. Hosted by
Australia Post. Tickets $60. (info@rieslingchallenge.com)

Friday 17 October 10am – 2.30pm.Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. (Light lunch included)
Seminar hosted by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Tickets $60. (info@rieslingchallenge.com)

Friday 17 October 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. The Riesling Master Class will feature
internationally recognised Riesling experts who will guide participants through a range of Rieslings from
around the world and across styles, some of which money cannot buy. Tickets $85 (info@rieslingchallenge.com)

(Book at the same time to attend two Seminars and the Master Class for a discounted price of $195.00 or the seminar on Riesling Excellence and the Master Class for $135. To book: email the CIRC Secretariat at info@rieslingchallenge.com)

Friday 17 October 6.30pm, Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
A limited number of tickets to the Awards Ceremony will be available for purchase through the CIRC Secretariat. Tickets $80. (info@rieslingchallenge.com)

Saturday 18 October 11am – 3pm, Albert Hall (Trade representatives and exhibitors from 10am)
Taste the entries for yourself at the consumer tasting. Tickets $30pp (at the door) and include a souvenir Riedel tasting glass and a copy of the official CIRC Results Catalogue.

A number of the Judges from the 2014 Judging Panel will be on hand at the tasting to answer questions on Riesling.

The booking form for all events is here.

About the Challenge

About the Challenge

THE Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) is a wine competition created in Canberra, Australia, to highlight the grape that defines white wine, Riesling.

Now in its 15th year, the Riesling Challenge attracts wines from Riesling producing countries around the world and is the most significant event of its type in the southern hemisphere.

The Chairman of the Canberra International
Riesling Challenge is Ken Helm AM.

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The ACT Government is a Foundation Sponsor of the Challenge

JUDGING at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge is conducted on a regional basis and is designed to promote and explore the regional differences that Riesling so well expresses.

Judges are only given the vintage and the sugar levels of the wines. Regions with large numbers of entries in a particular class are broken up in to small judging groups between the two panels to further hide their identity. Regions are only revealed in the Results catalogue.

Judging in 2014 will again be conducted against the internationally recognised 100 point judging system which was initiated in 2012 and brings the CIRC into alignment with other major International wine events.

Media inquiries: Ken Helm AM, CIRC Chair 0418 619 186
CIRC Secretariat 02 6290 1505.