Reflecting a growing industry trend and increased consumer interest, the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards will this year recognise organic and biodynamic wines with the introduction of a new Best Organic or Biodynamic Trophy in 2016.
“It is our ongoing commitment to ensure the awards continue to be most relevant and valuable to the industry, identifying new classes and categories that will recognise the evolving nature of grape growing and winemaking,” said chair of judges Tom Carson from Yabby Lake (above).
“Organic grape production increased by 120% from 2011-2014 with evidence the trend is continuing. The introduction of the new Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy is a nod to the increasing production of these types of wines in the country, and the outstanding quality we have on offer.”
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the RMWA gives producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards.
The winner of the 2016 Jimmy Watson Trophy for best young red, meanwhile, will secure a scholarship sponsored by RASV. The scholarship includes a $15,000 bursary for the winner to embark on an international study tour, providing professional development opportunities and increasing knowledge of the global wine industry.
Entries for the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards are now open at www.rasv.com.au and will close on Friday, August 19.