Rutherglen Agricultural Society


September 24-25, 2015

The Rutherglen Wine Show

The Rutherglen Wine ShowThe Rutherglen Wine Show is a Portavin sponsored event that has been running for over 125 years and is recognised both within the Wine Industry and by wine consumers, as one of Australia’s major Wine shows.

For many years, Fortified Wines have been an intricate part of the Rutherglen Wine Show, so much so, that in 2010 the first ‘Australian Fortified Wine Show’ was launched. Where better to hold this premier event than in Rutherglen, the home of great fortified wines.

fortifiedlogo3Both Wine shows are held at the same time in September each year and together attract around 2000 entries from across Australia. The judge’s assessment and the allocation of Medals and Awards, is completed over a 6 day period and is followed by an Awards Dinner and Tastings for exhibitors and the public. Both the Awards Dinner and the Public Tasting are very popular events and the limited available tickets are pre-sold before the events.

If you wish to purchase tickets, please contact the wine show organisers on 02 6032 804 or emailing

The Programme:

To all wineries – please note – entries have now closed for the 2015 Rutherglen Wine Show.

Dates for the Show are as follows:

  • Close of Entries:  ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED
  • Wine Deliveries Due:  TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER.  If you are having any issues with delivery, please contact us immediately.
  • Judging commences Friday 18 September and is completed on Tuesday 22 September
  • Presentation of Awards Dinner: Thursday 24 September 2015
  • Exhibitors Tasting: Friday 25 September – morning
  • Public Tasting: Friday 25 September – 6.30 pm to 10 pm

2015 Rutherglen Wine Show Judges:

  • Chairman/Chief Judge – Chris Pfeiffer
  • Assistant to Chairman – Peter Matthews
  • Judges – James Godfrey, Hamish Seabrook, Greer Carland, Steve Paul, Jen Pfeiffer, Damian Hutton, Mike de Iuliis, Cate Looney, John Coughlan
  • Associates – Amy Smith, Trent Eacott, Viviane Ganesch, & students from Adelaide & Charles Sturt Universities
    Stewards, Andrew McLeod (Head Steward), Craig Lindsay, Paul Curtis, Christobelle Anderson


The wines are judged by panels of three judges and one or two associates who independently assess the wines before a combined score is totalled and allocated to each exhibit. Each judge allocates up to 20 points based on 3 for “colour and clarity”, 7 for “bouquet” and 10 for “palate”. The “Chief Judge” maintains the casting vote in the case of any variance between judges.

Awards are made on the following basis:

  • Gold Award 55.5 to 60.0
  • Silver Award 51.0 to 55.0
  • Bronze Award 46.5 to 50.5

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