The 2021 Good Food & Wine Show presents the perfect opportunity for 12 Margaret River wineries to showcase at two major at-show touch points, the VIP lounge and the Margaret River Pavilion, plus a 12 month integrated marketing campaign and masterclass opportunities at the shows.

Margaret River Wine gained great exposure through the 2019 Good Food & Wine Show and the participating wineries sales offset a large portion of the cost of participation.

MRWA has reserved a Margaret River Pavilion and secured the VIP Lounge pourage for 2021 to maximise a 12-month marketing campaign.  Tables will be limited.

Good Food Wine Show MRWA Proposal 2021 (updated April 2021)

Dates

Sydney: 17th – 19th September 2021
ICC Sydney

Brisbane: 22nd – 24th October 2021
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Melbourne: 19th – 21st November 2021
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Perth: 22nd – 24th July 2022
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Pricing
$1,500 + GST plus 8 doz bottles of wine per show for the VIP Lounge
$5,600 + GST plus 32 doz bottles for all 4 shows for the VIP Lounge

Note: the increase in 2020 pricing is due to the addition of two large archways to increase the Margaret River Pavilion branding

Register your interest
Register your interest in exhibiting in the Margaret River Pavillion here.

A deposit will be taken once places are confirmed.

Initially scheduled to take place from 26 to 28 May 2020, has been postponed until ‌8 to 10 July 2020

Wine Australia has decided not to participate in Vinexpo Hong Kong and are refunding exhibitors’ activity fees.

Wine Australia finance will contact exhibitors to process refunds.

Anyone who wishes to participate in Vinexpo Hong Kong should contact the organisers directly by emailing Jessica Margan [email protected].

 

Vinexpo Hong Kong is the leading industry event for wine and spirits professionals in Asia-Pacific, held from 26 to 28 May 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The three-day B2B trade event will provide the opportunity for Australian wine providers to showcase their brands to over 16,000 of the most influential buyers, importers, distributors, producers, sommeliers and merchants from around Asia and the world.

Following on from Vinexpo 2018 where Australia was Country of Honour, Vinexpo HK 2020 will see Australia continuing to have a significant presence on the trade show floor, and will build on the impact generated across the region in 2018. The location of the Wine Australia precinct in the main hall will once again attract significant and high quality visitation, and create a loud message for the category and Australia on a global scale.

The stand will feature producer booths, an educational area and expansive meeting spaces. On the stand, visiting trade can also participate in curated tastings, master classes and networking happy hours.

Wine Australia’s enhanced presence at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2020 is made possible by the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

Gourmet Traveller WINE has recently announced their Australian Cellar Door Awards, with seven Margaret River wineries included. Be sure to add these to the list for your next visit!

Star Winery/Best Cellar Door
Amelia Park (pictured above)

Best Large Cellar Door
Juniper Estate

Best Small Cellar Door
Victory Point

Cellar Door with the Best Food
Vasse Felix

Best Tasting Experience
Voyager Estate

Best Additional Experience (Tours)
Evoi

Our Favourite Places to Stay
Cape Lodge

Visit the full list at Gourmet Traveller WINE or plan your wine trail here.

 

Australian Grape & Wine are continuing to engender and promote Diversity and Equality in the wine industry.

AGW are now calling on State and Regional Associations as well as individual businesses to support this work by also becoming signatories to the Charter.

MRWA has already signed up to the charter which is a high-level set of principles, with the underlying message of respect.

Becoming a signatory to the Charter is easy – all the information is on the Australian Grape & Wine website.

This is an important initiative by AGW to promulgate a very powerful and positive message of diversity and equality in the Australian wine sector.

Summaries of High Value Travellers (HVTs) for the key international markets of China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and the USA were recently published on the Tourism WA website.

HVTs are a new focus of Tourism WA’s marketing strategy, consistent with Tourism Australia, as we seek to increase international visitor numbers and spend. These summaries have been created by the Research team as a resource for industry to assist in understanding who High Value Travellers are, what appeals to them, and some of their planning, booking, and travel behaviour.

Find the HVT summaries on the Tourism WA website.

View Malaysia / Singapore Market Manager Update https://youtu.be/J9CcamrmDZw

One page summaries https://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/marketing/Trade/Documents/TWA_HVT_SNGP.pdf

The Margaret River Wine Association is thrilled to announce Joe Czerwinski Managing Editor, Robert Parker Wine Advocate as this year’s International Judge at the Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show and Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge.

“I’m looking forward to my fourth visit to Margaret River. I know from past experience that the Cabernets and Chardonnays are world class, but one of the great things about judging regional shows is that you often get to see the full gamut of what’s being produced there.” said Joe.

Joe will be joining a team of exceptional judges from around Australia led by David Brookes in his first year as Chair of Judges.

David Brookes said “Margaret River is in fine form at the moment with a wonderful run of quality vintages and uniformly excellent wines across the region. It is a great honour to step in as chair of the Margaret River Wine Show after the fantastic show results of departing chair, Corrina Wright and the wonderful job she has done for the past three years. I’m also very much looking forward to working with the cracking team of judges who have been assembled for the 2019 Margaret River Wine Show including the renown palate of our visiting international judge, Joe Czerwinski from the U.S.A.”

The Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show and Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge will take place from 28th to 31st October 2019.

Entries to the Langton’s 2019 Margaret River Wine Show and the Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge will be open in August.

It has been a late start to harvest in the Margaret River Wine Region, due to cooler spring and summer weather conditions. 

Since August 2018, temperatures in the Margaret River region have been slightly cooler than annual averages recorded in the region between 2010 and 2018. This is in stark contrast to weather patterns recorded in other states’ wine regions, most of which experienced warmer climates/heat waves at the beginning of this year. 

Due to this temperature decrease, the 2019 vintage has started in late February, two to three weeks later than normal for most wineries in the Margaret River region. 

Margaret River Wine Association Chief Executive Officer Amanda Whiteland says it is expected the 2019 Margaret River Wine Region harvest would end in late April-early May. 

“The climate differential emulates similar circumstances experienced during the 2017 vintage, when harvest began late February and ended late April,” Ms Whiteland says. “The mild, cooler weather experienced during late 2018 has been quite beneficial for ripening, and the heavy rain incident in January 2019 was very timely due to the later season, recharging the soil water and setting the vineyards up nicely. 

“Yields are looking lower than last year but with diligent vineyard management, such as green thinning, Margaret River’s ability to produce a consistent high-quality vintage can be assured.” 

Voyager Estate Winemaking and Viticulture Manager Steve James says: “We are very happy with the Chardonnay fruit that we are currently harvesting.” 

“This recent spell of nice warm weather has really moved things along quite significantly. The temperatures, whilst not hot, have been very conducive to high functioning of the grapevine and, I believe we are on track for another excellent season.” 

Fogarty Group Head Viticulturist John Fogarty says: “We have seen great quality in whites so far, with flavour building in most varieties quite early due to the mild longer ripening season. Chardonnay has had great sugar and acid balance this season, while reds are building flavour and ripening with some pace behind the whites.” 

(Image – Voyager Estate Vineyard)

Margaret River Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon continues a dream run from Julian and Alana Langworthy, winning the third Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge.

Alana Langworthy said “We are super excited to be recognised as this year’s pinnacle of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Winning the Halliday Cabernet Challenge is a dream come true and an amazing triumph for our single vineyard Nocturne wine.

The Cabernet Challenge provides an opportunity for Australian producers of Cabernet Sauvignon to participate in a varietal competition of great national and international interest.”

The 2018 challenge was judged in conjunction with the Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show last month. Cabernet Sauvignon of all vintages are eligible and judged by region without judges knowing which region they were officiating.

Wines achieving a Gold Medal score (95 points and over) were selected to determine the Best of Region wine, then each Regional Winner was judged again for the Trophy.

Chair of Judges, Corrina Wright said “To be able to taste the best of the best in Cabernet around the country is quite an honour. It was a super hard fought battle to choose the winning wine, a lot of discussion and a number of worthy cabernets from across the country vying for the title. Cabernet in Australia is in a good place, and seems to be getting better and better every year. I commend to you the regional finalists and winners.”

 The Stella Bella team celebrated last night after taking home five Trophies from the 2018 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show, including Most Successful Exhibitor and Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Show. 

The 2018 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show attracted 112 exhibitors and 723 entries to the 17th Margaret River Wine Show, with judging at Ramada Resort Dunsborough and the Wine Show Gala Dinner at Leeuwin Estate. 

Naming Rights Partner, Langton’s Head of Sales Alex Jenkins said “Langton’s is again proud to be the Major sponsor of the 2018 Margaret River Wine Show. The Margaret River Wine Association is doing a tremendous job shining a light on this unique and important Australian wine region. Though our support we hope to help recognise and reward the many men and women who work tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence. We congratulate not only all the winners of the awards, but the community as a whole, who’s constant drive for excellence as a region deserves to be recognised” 

Third-time Chair of Judges, Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Taranga said “Again, Margaret River showed that it is a quadruple-threat region, with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon leading the charge, Semillon/Sauvignon blends & Rose fast picking up speed.” 

Corrina led the team of 21 judges and associate judges who awarded 368 medals, 54 Gold, 83 Silver and 231 Bronze, in addition to following major trophies and awards: 

Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Show 

Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017 

Seguin Moreau Trophy for Red Wine of Show 

Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 

 Labelmakers Group Trophy for White Wine of Show 

Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017 

Vinline Mobile Bottling Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor 

Stella Bella 

Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Provenance 

Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2009, 2012, 2017 

Singapore Airlines International Judge’s Trophy 

Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2017 

SWAT Winery Equipment Specialists Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon 

Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 

Capel Storage & Transport Trophy for Best Chardonnay 

Stella Bella Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017 

Tonnellerie de Mercurey Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Red 

Nocturne Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 

Portavin Trophy for Best Single Vineyard White 

Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2017 

Cospak / Saverglass Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 

Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2017 

VA Filtration / Memstar Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc 

Deep Woods Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 

BFL Trophy for Best Blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 

Watershed Premium Wines The Farm Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018 

Nadalie Trophy for Best Oaked White other than Chardonnay 

Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2018 

CHEP Trophy for Best Shiraz 

Juniper Crossing Shiraz 2017 

Chr. Hansen Trophy for Best Rosé 

Coward & Black Lady Margo Rosé 2018 

Laffort Trophy for Best Other Blend or Varietal 

Marq Malbec 2017 

Lifetime Achievement Awards 

Dr Tom Cullity (Posthumously) 

John Brocksopp 

Bob Cartwright 

Clairault | Streicker Viticultural Excellence Award 

Steve Martin, Stella Bella 

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Wine Tourism Excellence Award Winner 

Emily Bromell, Howard Park Wines 

MRWA Chair, Barry House presented three Lifetime Achievement Awards, Clairault | Streiker presented the Viticulture Excellence Award and Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) presented the inaugural Wine Tourism Excellence Award. 

Margaret River Wine Association CEO, Amanda Whiteland said “It is great to see all facets of the wine industry acknowledged at our Gala night and the Wine Tourism Excellence Award was a great new addition to the celebrations last night.” 

Wine Show Chairman Cliff Royle said, “Corrina Wright did a great job sharing her insights and leading the strong group of judges from around Australia, as well as Eddie McDougall, international judge from Hong Kong, and Madeline Stenwreth MW from Sweden. As Corrina’s last year as Chair of Judges, we look forward to welcoming Dave Brooks in 2019.” 

TV personality behind the Discovery Channel and Netflix series, ‘The Flying Winemaker’, Eddie McDougall joined as this year’s International Judge, supported by Singapore Airlines, to provide an important international perspective to Margaret River’s regional wine show. 

Eddie said “There is not a shadow of a doubt that the Margaret River Wine Show is an incredible forum for highlighting some of Australia’s most noble wine interpretations. Witnessing first-hand the region’s capability to produce global benchmarks for Chardonnay and Cabernet blends is a testament I am excited to share amongst the international wine community.” 

Langton’s 2018 Margaret River Wine Show Judges were: 

Corina Wright – Oliver’s Taranga Chair of Judges 

Eddie McDougall – International Judge 

Glenn Barry – Tonic Wines 

Dave Brooks – Wine Marketing Labs 

Melanie Chester – Sutton Grange Estate 

Sandrine Gimon Winemaker – Wine Rage Consulting 

Alex Hudak – Pure Wine Co 

Robert Mann Winemaker – Corymbia 

Kate Morgan Winemaker – Ipso Facto Wines & Byron & Harold Est 

Sarah Pidgeon – Wynns Coonawarra Estate 

Ben Portet Senior Winemaker – Dominique Portet 

Simon Steele Chief Winemaker – Medhurst Wines 

Adam Wadewitz – Shaw + Smith