Wineries must submit entries to the 38th Sydney International Wine Competition by Friday 22 September.

Competition entry is eligible from wine producers from around the world, with entries capped at a total of 2000 wines to ensure the most rigorous judging process.

The global competition is the only international wine show that judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food.

Already, wineries from a record 13 countries have submitted wines, with all the major wine-producing countries represented, along with smaller producers such as Greece, Israel and Turkey. This year, entries have included 57 individual grape varieties — another record.

Judging will take place from 9–13 October and provisional award and trophy winners will be notified by the end of October.

With no minimum production requirements, this show is particularly applicable to experimental and small makers to test their wines alongside wines from major producers.

This year’s competition will be judged by an international panel of 14 experienced and credentialed judges. The panel includes five Masters of Wine, with Kym Milne MW returning as chair of the judging panel.

New judges to the competition are Mike DeGaris, Corey Ryan, Natasha Hughes MW, Matthew Deller MW and Tan Ying Hsien MW, who qualified as Singapore’s first-ever Master of Wine in 2015.

They join returning judges Kym Milne MW, Stuart Halliday, Sue Bastian, Warren Gibson, Brent Mariss, Ken Dobler, Meg Brodtmann MW and Oliver Masters.

Renowned chef Michael Manners will once again develop menus for the final rounds when wines are tasted “with appropriate food”.

Entry forms are available here, along with full details of the judging criteria and judges’ comments on all award winners from the 2017 competition.

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