Welcome to the Canberra International Riesling Challenge

Lastest news

Lastest news

Judging panel announced

The judging panel for the 2014 challenge includes eminent wine experts. Details are here.

Nominations for Wolf Blass Award

This biennial award seeks to recognise a person or organisation from Australia or New Zealand who has made a major contribution to the development and promotion of Riesling.
Award details are here.
Nomination form in PDF is here.
Nomination form in Word is here.

Entries open for 2014 challenge

Entries are now open for the 2014 challenge. The invitation is here. Links to entry details and forms are to the right on this page.

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 2014 CIRC Entry Form v3.1here.
The brochure is here.

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

EVENTS:
(The booking form for all events is here.)
WINE E-COMMERCE SEMINAR
Friday 17 October 8am – 10am, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. Hosted by
Australia Post. Tickets $60. (info@rieslingchallenge.com)

SEMINAR ON RIESLING EXCELLENCE
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)

RIESLING MASTER CLASS
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)

AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION OF RIESLING
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)

TRADE & CONSUMER TASTING
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.)

Innovation in 2014: Canberra International
Riesling Challenge Roadshow

A KEY element of taking the Challenge beyond being just another wine show will be the inaugural CIRC Roadshow event currently planned for Melbourne in November. All entrants to the 2014 CIRC will be offered the opportunity to be part of this exciting event which will showcase your wines through a program of seminars and consumer tastings. Contact the Secretariat for further information.

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
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.

Innovation in 2014: Canberra International
Riesling Challenge Roadshow

A KEY element of taking the Challenge beyond being just another wine show will be the inaugural CIRC Roadshow event currently planned for Melbourne in November. All entrants to the 2014 CIRC will be offered the opportunity to be part of this exciting event which will showcase your wines through a program of seminars and consumer tastings. Contact the Secretariat for further information.

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