Every year in September, 10 Finalists are chosen by The Wine Society Tasting Panel, from the collection of nominations. Following selection, these 10 Finalists compete for 3 prestigious accolades:
- The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year
- Young Winemaker Finalists’ Choice Award
- Young Winemaker Supporters’ Choice Award
A detailed breakdown of how these 10 Finalists are chosen can be found below.
- Winemakers are restricted to entering three Australian wines OR three New Zealand wines. No nominee may enter wines from both nations.
- The Wine Society Professional Tasting Panel will judge all nominees’ wines early in September according to the Australian Show Judging System.
- The scores attained by the wines from each nominee will be added together to form a total.
- The lowest scoring wine from each winemaker will be subtracted from their total.
- The winemakers with the highest totals will qualify as finalists.
- In the event of a tie the winemaker/s with the highest score for their three wines combined will be considered a finalist.
- Should #6 fail to produce a result the winemaker with the single highest scoring wine will be given preference.
- In the event of a tie the winemaker(s) with the highest score for their three wines combined will be considered a finalist.
- Should #9 fail to produce a result the number of finalists will be expanded to accommodate all participants vying for the lowest qualifying position.