Welcome to the Canberra International Riesling Challenge

Lastest news

Lastest news

Welcome to the 16th Canberra International Riesling Challenge

The 16th annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge is to be held in Canberra, Australia, from 12 – 17 October 2015 at the Albert Hall and the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
By entering your Riesling in the Challenge you will be competing not only with producers from your region, but with 500 other Rieslings from across the world for the opportunity to be judged as the Best Wine of the Challenge. You will be showcasing your Riesling to the International and Australian wine industries, domestic and international media, wine researchers, Parliamentarians, Government Departments and Agencies, the Diplomatic Corps and the Australian food and wine community.
The Canberra International Riesling Challenge is now considered the most successful and popular single varietal wine show of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ken Helm AM
Chair
Canberra International Riesling Challenge

Judging pics are here

_DFB9834

A slideshow of Lannon Harley’s photos is here.

Join us on Twitter and Instagram

The Canberra International Riesling Challenge is now on Twitter (@IntlRiesling) and Instagram (CBRINTLRIESLING). Tweet us here.

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).

More details here.

Build your knowledge.
Enjoy the tasting

At CIRC, we see that part of our role is to educate and develop Riesling as the premier white wine variety. In line with this, we will again offer a number of opportunities at the 2015 Canberra International Riesling Challenge for people involved in the wine industry and enthusiasts of Riesling to build their knowledge of Riesling and taste the world’s best Rieslings – many of which are not otherwise available in Australia.

1. The Wine Intervention: Can business be done smarter? Seminar conducted by StarTrack
2. Seminar on Riesling Excellence – conducted by Charles Sturt University showcasing regions and its characteristics, the features which make a great Riesling, and the techniques used to achieve them
3. Riesling Master Class: a guided tasting to Riesling regions and their characteristics led by our National Experts and International Judges
4. 2015 CIRC Awards Presentation and Celebration of Riesling: an opportunity to taste the medal-winning wines from 2015 and earlier Challenges, matched with food prepared by the Hyatt Hotel Canberra
5. Riedel Trade and Consumer Tasting: an opportunity for the consumers to taste the Rieslings entered. This is gaining in popularity and is now attracting around 400 Riesling enthusiasts.

Full details of these events are being finalised and will be available here shortly. In the meantime, contact the CIRC Secretariat for information: +61 2 6286 7515 or download and complete the booking form here.

Seeking Record Entries in 2015.

In 2014 the Canberra International Riesling Challenge attracted 494 entries from 239 wineries representing nine Riesling-producing countries. This was the second highest number of entries in the 14 years of the Challenge. In our fifteenth year, we are hoping to exceed this number, of both total entries and countries represented.

2015 Challenge

2015 Challenge

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

Entries are open for the 2015 Canberra
International Riesling Challenge

Entries for this year’s Challenge open on 1 June

Key Dates:
• Entries Open: NOW !!!!
• Entries Close: 31 July
• Wines delivered to Canberra: 21-25 September
• Judging period: Tuesday 13 October – Thursday 15 October
• Seminar on Riesling Excellence hosted by Charles Sturt University: Friday 16 October
• Riesling Master Class: Friday 16 October
• Presentation of Awards: Friday 16 October
• Trade and Consumer Tasting: Saturday 17 October, Trade 10am; Consumers 11am – 3pm

The entry form can be downloaded here.

The brochure with entry form is here.

Inquiries, including Media:
CIRC Secretariat: +61 2 6286 7515
Ken Helm AM, CIRC Chair + 61 418 619 186

EVENTS:

The booking form for the 2015 events will be posted here soon.

THE WINE INTERVENTION: CAN BUSINESS BE DONE SMARTER?
Seminar conducted by StarTrack.
Friday 16 October, 9.30-10.30am
Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
Tickets: $50.00. Bookings required

SEMINAR ON RIESLING EXCELLENCE
Conducted by Charles Sturt University
Friday 16 October, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
Tickets: $70.00. Bookings required

RIESLING MASTER CLASS
Friday 16 October, 1.00-3.00pm
Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
Tickets: $90.00. Bookings required
(NOTE: Book at the same time to attend the Seminar on Riesling Excellence and the Master Class for a discounted price of $150.00; OR attend the Wine Intervention Seminar, the Seminar on Riesling Excellence and the Master Class for a discounted price of $195)

2015 CIRC AWARDS PRESENTATION AND CELEBRATION OF RIESLING
Friday 16 October, 6.30pm
Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
Tickets: $85.00. Bookings required

RIEDEL TRADE AND CONSUMER TASTING
Saturday 17 October, 11.00AM – 3.00pm
Albert Hall, Canberra
(Trade representatives and Exhibitors from 10.00am)
Tickets: $45.00 – at the door, and include a souvenir Riedel tasting glass and a copy of the official 2015 CIRC Results Catalogue to guide your tasting of entries

Full details of these events are being finalised and information will be available here shortly. In the meantime, contact the CIRC Secretariat for information: +61 2 6286 7515

A number of the Judges from the 2015 Judging Panel will be on hand at the tasting to answer questions on Riesling.

The booking form for all events can be downloaded 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 16th 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.

act govt logo
The ACT Government is a Foundation Sponsor of the Challenge

JUDGING
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 2015 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.

Inquiries, including Media:
CIRC Secretariat: +61 2 6286 7515
Ken Helm AM, CIRC Chair + 61 418 619 186

Entry Requirements
Southern Hemisphere Entrants are required to provide six x 750ml bottles and 12 x 375ml bottles of each wine entered for judging. Northern Hemisphere entrants are required to provide 4 x 750ml bottles and 8 x 375ml bottles of each wine entered for judging.