1. Wines must be made from 100% Riesling grapes.
  2. Wine may be entered by wine companies, wine merchants, wholesalers or individuals.
  3. Entries plus payment of $AUD 145.00 per entry must be received by 31 July 2017.
  4. There is no minimum quantity requirement for wine to enter the event up to a gold medal judging level.  However, for Classes 1 through to 6 and Classes 10 through to 15, for the wine to be judged off for a trophy the wine must be commercially available (see Condition 17 for definition of commercially available).  The commercially available condition does not apply for those wines entered into the Museum Classes (Classes 7 to 9 and 16 to 18). 
  5. All winners are required to supply (at their expense) up to two dozen bottles of the Award winning wine on request of the CIRC for consumption at the Awards Presentation Ceremony, public tasting and promotional events.  Any extra wine ordered will be purchased at $150.00 per case.
  6. Exhibits must confirm to the legislation of the States and Commonwealth of Australia which governs the production of Australian Wine and Brandy ie the Customs and Excise Act and Regulations, the Health Act and Regulations or similar in the country of production for overseas entries.
  7. A wine may be entered in one Class only.
  8. Unlimited entries are permitted in any Class.  Each wine may be entered once only regardless of how many labels it is marketed under.
  9. The Canberra International Riesling Challenge Committee reserves the right to move an entry from one Class to another – awards are made for quality and wines will not be disqualified for being out of Class.
  10. Six bottles (four for Northern Hemisphere entries) of each wine (12 / 8 bottles for 375ml bottles) are to be delivered to the Canberra International Riesling Challenge Committee between 18 and 22 September 2017.
  11. Judging labels will be issued for Australian entries after the close of entries and mailed to the postal address provided.  A carton label will also be posted at the same time and must be affixed to one of the out sides of the carton. International entries will be labelled upon receipt in Canberra due to dispatch timing requirements.
  12. Australia Post will provide free freight withinAustralia.  An Australia Post label will be sent with judging labels to Australian entries.  InAustraliause the Australia Post label for free delivery at any time after affixing judging labels. 
  13. For overseas entries, or those entries in Australia that are not accessing the free freight provided by Australia Post, exhibits must be delivered by the above dates to:
    2017 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    Suite 26, The Atrium, Swinger Hill Centre
    Corner of Colbeck and ainsworth Streets
    MAWSON  ACT  2607
    Entries must be clearly marked “2017 Canberra International Riesling Challenge – Wine Exhibit”.
  14. All exhibits become the property of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge.
  15. International entrants are responsible for ensuring that the appropriate customs and clearance charges and taxes are paid prior to the delivery of the wine intoAustralia.
  16. The delivery of the entries is the responsibility of the exhibitor and the CIRC takes no responsibility for any lost or damaged entries.
  17. A Commercially Available Wine means that on request from a member of the CIRC at any time of judging, a wine must be available for public sale through a method in addition to cellar door, such as a website, wholesaler or liquor outlet. 
  18. To qualify for a Trophy a wine must be awarded a gold medal.
  19. After entries are received, no person will be permitted access to exhibits except the Judges, Stewards or persons nominated by the Canberra International Riesling Challenge Chairman.
  20. For Australian and New Zealand wines, entrants must nominate a Sydney or Canberra outlet, or the winery direct, where the wine can be accessed on Thursday 12 October 2017 for overnight transport to Canberra.
  21. All results will be sent to entrants after judging and will be available on the website from 9.00pm on Friday 13 October 2017.
  22. Encouragement Award for up and coming Australian Riesling Makers:  A cash prize of $1500 to be awarded to an entry made by a winemaker with less than seven years experience making wine.  Entrants must be able to demonstrate compliance with this clause if required.
    Nominations for this award are to be made by selecting the “Encouragement Award” box on the CIRC Entry Schedule and by including the winemaker’s name and the name of the wine for which the nomination is made.
    Entries for the Encouragement Award are to be entered into the CIRC and must adhere to the conditions of entry for the CIRC. This award is only open to Australian entries.
  23. If an entry is withdrawn, the CIRC may at its discretion refund the entry fee less any administrative costs incurred in processing the entry. No refunds will be made after the process of developing the judging order has commenced, or  15 August 2017, whichever is earlier.
  24. Entrants acknowledge that:

(a)  the CIRC does not have a duty to conduct this event;

(b)  if the CIRC cancels the event either partly or fully for any reason, entrants may not recover any lost income or damages from the CIRC;

(c)  this clause operates as a complete defense for the CIRC to any action for recovery.