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THE 15th Canberra International Riesling Challenge, sponsored by Winetitles among others, is to be held from 13-18 October and has attracted 494 entries from 239 wineries representing nine Riesling-producing countries across the globe.

The judging at this year’s event will be undertaken by three international and three Australian judges, all of whom are Riesling experts.

The Challenge is particularly pleased to welcome internationally recognised New Zealand winemaker, critic and consultant John Belsham as chair of judges.

Seminars on Riesling excellence conducted by the National Wine and Grape Centre at Charles Sturt University, Riesling master classes featuring presentations and tastings by international judges and Australian experts and a massive consumer tasting of all 494 wines make the Canberra International Riesling Challenge much more than just a wine show.

“This very successful event in Australia’s national capital Canberra promotes Riesling, and also improves the making and growing of the grape to the world by showcasing the capabilities of this versatile grape,” CIRC chairman Ken Helm AM said. “There are few, if any, such wine promotions like it.”


Judging: Albert Hall Canberra, 14-16 October

Seminar on Riesling excellence, Riesling master classes and awards presentation: Hyatt Hotel Canberra, 17 October

Riedel consumer tasting, Albert Hall Canberra, 18 October


Sue Hart

E: info@rieslingchallenege.com.au

P: 61 2 6290 1505

Ken Helm

P: 61 418 619 186