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Sydney Royal Wine Committee announces new Wine Scholarship

1 Aug 2017

The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the Royal Agricultural Society (of NSW) Foundation has announced a new and exciting industry scholarship opportunity to benefit a young person passionate about the Australian Wine industry. The Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship is the result of the continued success of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. The successful scholarship recipient will receive a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute's Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) taking place in Adelaide from Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd November, 2017. This new scholarship initiative has been made possible through an online auction of excess wine from the previous year’s Sydney Royal Wine Show, with the specific purpose of raising funds to support the Australian Wine industry through grants and scholarships. Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee, Sally Evans, said it made sense to utilize the high-quality excess wine from the show to create career opportunities for young people in the wine industry. “We are delighted to introduce this new scholarship, funded by the sale of surplus wine show stock. It provides us with the opportunity to support the Australian Wine industry through the development of outstanding young industry professionals,” Ms Evans said. “The AWAC course is a world-class programme and we’re thrilled to provide this opportunity to a young person in our local wine industry,” she said. Value of Scholarship: $6,000 Applications Open: 1st August 2017 Applications Close: 17th September 2017 Eligibility Guidelines: Open to applicants 30 years and under. Applicants must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident. Applicants must be employed in the Australian Wine Industry or engaged in study in a related course. Applications can be made online by visiting www.rasnsw.com.au/scholarships For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations M: 0478 092 425 | P: 02 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

Australia’s heartbeat – Agriculture - showcased to our next generation at AgVision 2017

31 Jul 2017

For another year Sydney Showground has been “Ag Central”, hosting AgVision, the annual expo showcasing the agriculture sector to NSW year 9 and 11 students. AgVision is designed to encourage high school students to consider a career in the agriculture sector, whether they are currently in rural or regional areas, or metropolitan Sydney. This year’s AgVision has seen more than 500 students from over 30 NSW schools descend on the Sydney Showground and learn about agriculture through 50 hand chosen workshops. These include seminars and workshops on beef, dairy, wool and poultry production, bee keeping, the veterinary sciences, aquaculture, helicopter mustering, animal husbandry, sheep shearing and even the increasing reliance on “drones” in agriculture. And it seems by some of the comments from students who have taken part in the day that AgVision has piqued their interest; “Ag vision showed me new ways of how technology is used in agriculture,” said student Amy. “I learnt about measuring cows and it was inspiring and influences me to get a career in agriculture,” said Josh. Damon, another participant studying Agriculture at a Sydney-based High School said this of AgVision; “I learnt the importance of agriculture in our community and it inspires me to consider a career in it. AgVision is designed to be thought provoking and it seems year on year it is achieving that aim; “I learnt how technology is changing agriculture, how important agriculture is to our diets and how many different types of agriculture there are. Ag Vision influenced me to consider bee keeping,” said student Sam. Agriculture accounts for more than $12b in production value for the NSW economy each year, 25% of the entire Australian output. Royal Agricultural Society of NSW General Manager Murray Wilton says AgVision is a very important aspect of the organisation’s charter to assist rural and regional NSW communities. “The importance of youth keeping our agriculture sector not only ticking along but developing and improving cannot be overstated,” Mr Wilton said. “The inspiration they can gain from something as simple as a visit to AgVision can spark a career in agriculture and the technological ‘smarts’ that our youth of today have can only benefit agriculture more widely,” he said. In 2018 AgVision will be hosted by Junee High School in the Riverina, the RAS’ standing AgVision partner. Ends . MEDIA: For further information please contact: Roger White, Manager, Public Relations p  02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Riesling is back on top! So say the Judges at the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show

28 Jul 2017

Riesling has been the star of the Show with an outstanding example from South Australia taking out five awards at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show's awards night held in Sydney this evening. The 2017 Rieslingfreak No.3 Clare Valley Riesling from John Hughes Wines was awarded the following accolades: The KPMG Perpetual Trophy for the Best Wine of Show. The Albert Chan Memorial Prize for Best White. The Douglas Lamb Perpetual Trophy for Best Riesling. The RAS of NSW Annual Prize for Best Young White. The Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for Best State Show Wine. The prestigious Tucker Seabrook Trophy is awarded to the Exhibitor of the best wine entered at the seven major Capital City Wine Shows held around Australia within the previous twelve months, with each Show submitting their Wine of Show for a final round of judging at Sydney Royal. Over 17,000 wines have been distilled to reach this one standout exhibit. It is extremely rare for one wine to take out so many awards at a Sydney Royal Wine Show and the last time a Riesling was awarded Best Wine of Show was in 2003. South Australia born and bred Rieslingfreak Head Winemaker John Hughes was excited that a smaller producer like Rieslingfreak, only established in 2009, could claim so many accolades in such a prestigious competition as the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. "My love for Riesling comes from its variety and diversity, being able to go from sparkling to fortified and dry to sweet," Mr Hughes said. "We are fairly new in the game, but we are getting there," he said. The name Rieslingfreak originated from John's university days, his fellow students giving him that nickname because of his passion for Riesling. John Hughes gained earlier national acclaim as a popular contestant on the 2011 series of MasterChef. In all, 33 Trophies were awarded at the 2017 KPMG Sydney Wine Show following four days of intensive judging by a team of 31 wine experts. More than 2100 wines were entered from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT and Tasmania by 352 exhibitors. Over 11,000 glasses of wine were poured by the battalion of stewards during the four days of judging. Chair of Judges in 2017 Samantha Connew has praised both the quality and the variety of the wines presented to judges at this year's KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show; "Across the board, the wines rewarded demonstrate the diversity of a dynamic Australian winemaking and winegrowing community which never rests on its laurels", Ms Connew said. "Riesling has a special place in the hearts of Australians as it was for many their very first venture into the world of wine decades ago and which is rightly celebrated not just for the vitality of youth but an amazing ability to age as well as reflecting a strong sense of site and place," she said. Meantime Sydney Royal Wine Committee Chair Sally Evans has thanked Ms Connew for the way she has conducted this year's competition; "But it is with great sadness that after 3 years at the helm, we say goodbye to Samantha, who has been a thoroughly excellent Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Show. "We couldn't have asked for someone more committed and competent. "She is so well respected by her peers, and year after year has delivered results with the highest levels of integrity and expertise. We are very grateful for her outstanding contribution to our Show." Ms Evans said. A total of 1,212 medals were awarded to entries in the 2017 edition of the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show though fewer gold medals (6.9%) were awarded this year than in 2016 (7.6%). View full list of awarded trophies and medals. Events culminate this Saturday July 29th with the grand finale, the Sydney Royal Wine Experience, where members of the public are invited and encouraged to taste the very same premium Australian wines the Judges assessed just last week. Tickets for the Wine Experience are $80 per person, $150.00 for a double pass, with a discount for RAS Members. Details of the Sydney Royal Wine Experience at the Sydney Showground can be found at; www.rasnsw.com.au/wineexperience For further information or interview requests, please contact: Roger White - Manager, Public Relations P: 02 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

The Australian wine scene is evolving and the world is watching says KPMG Sydney Wine Show International Judge

26 Jul 2017

On the eve of the annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show awards, this year's invited international judge, Master of Wine, Mark Pygott says he likes what he sees in the evolution of Australian wine - and only not from the usual suspects. Mark Pygott was invited this year to join 30 Australian wine experts in tasting and judging more than 2,100 entries across four days at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show at Sydney Showground. Mr Pygott, originally from Northern England but these days director of Sniff Wine Ltd in Taiwan by way of lengthy winemaking stints with respected French wineries, became a Master of Wine after completing a research paper on climate change and adaptive viticultural practices in the Barossa Valley. Mark Pygott says he also has seen firsthand the changing views on Australian wine, from what he says began as "friendly, approachable, fruit-forward, cheaper 'sunshine in a glass' offerings to places like the UK and the US, to the extremely high quality product the wine drinking world (including newer markets like China) know the Australian wine sector for today. "The quality of the Grenache and some of the Semillon I have seen in judging this past week has been outstanding," he said. "Not just very good wines – world class wines. "If I said I have tasted some great Shiraz, everyone would say 'of course'," he added. "A wine has made me cry, it happens maybe once every two years. While not revealing whether any of the reds, whites, sparklings and fortified entries this year made Mark well up during this year's competition, he says he likes the fact the Australian wine sector is always testing itself and striving to improve. "I think you have to be very careful about thinking that what you have is the best, because if you stand still, other people won't and that's dangerous." "You must keep on looking for the next best thing," he said. Mark Pygott was also highly complimentary of the standard of the judging panel assembled for this year's KPMG Sydney Wine Show. "You look around the room at the quality of not just the Judges, but Associate (invited trainee) Judges and there are some serious people here, people who have huge amounts of experience, hugely qualified and here to get a better picture of wine in Australia. The KPMG Sydney Wine Show culminates this week in the Awards Night on Thursday, July 27th, a trade day on Friday the 28th and the grand finale, the Sydney Royal Wine Experience this coming Saturday, July 29th, when members of the public are invited and encouraged to taste the very same premium Australian wines the Judges assessed just last week. Tickets for the Wine Experience are $80 per person, $150.00 for a double pass, with a discount for RAS Members. Details of the Sydney Royal Wine Experience at the Sydney Showground can be found at; www.rasnsw.com.au/wineexperience Ends. Roger White – Manager, Public Relations, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. P: 02 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show Invites Media – Judging Begins Monday

14 Jul 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is reminding media that one of the most important events on the annual wine industry calendar, the judging of the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show begins next Monday, July 17 and you are invited to attend. From Monday until Thursday, 31 of the most experienced Australian and a prestigious International Judge will study, smell and assess more than 2200 of Australia’s best wines. These are “blind” judgings so judges during tasting are not aware of the producer of the wine. The Sydney Royal Wine Show dates back 191 years and has naturally earned a reputation as one the most prestigious wine competitions in Australia. Samantha Connew returns in 2017 as the Chair of Judges. “It is exciting to see the tastes of Australian consumers developing and evolving when it comes to wine which reflects the diverse and ever-changing nature of  Sydney Royal Wine Show entries as Australia’s winemakers also develop and evolve,” Ms Connew said. “We expect the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show in 2017 to be no different,” she said. Media are invited to attend all judging sessions, which are closed to the public, where photo opportunities and interviews with judges will be available on request. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend the Sydney Royal Wine Experience on Saturday, July 29, where they will be able to sample the range of entries in the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show and enjoy great food and live entertainment. Details are at: www.rasnsw.com.au/wineexperience Please note, full results of the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show will be released at 12.01am on Friday 28 July at: www.rasnsw.com.au/wine Judging Sessions Mon 17 July, 9am – 4pm Tues 18 July, 9am – 4pm Thurs 20 July, 9am – 1pm Southee Complex, cnr Grand Parade & Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park   Available for interview:                    Sally Evans, Chair, Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee. Samantha Connew, Chair of Judges Mark Pygott, International Wine Judge (Taiwan) Media attending the judging are asked to please wear closed in shoes and avoid perfume, cologne or smell of cigarette smoke as this interferes with the judging process. Further information is available at: www.rasnsw.com.au/wine   For further information or interview requests, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au * Confirmation of attendance would be greatly appreciated. Read more

Sydney Royal Wine Experience throws open its doors to the wine loving public.

10 Jul 2017

One of the largest selection of wines seen in Australia will be made available to Australian wine lovers when the Sydney Royal Wine Experience is held later this month. Just days after the completion of the prestigious annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show judging, the Sydney Royal Wine Experience will see the public able to enjoy their preferred selections and enjoy samples of the celebrated Trophy winning wines. More than 2200 wines tasted by expert local and international judges in the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show will be made available to members of the public in a gala day at Sydney Showground July 29th, 2pm to 6pm. Arrive early, grab your results catalogue and sample your way through this year's successes, taste new trends in wine and learn a thing or two thanks to our Expert Judges’ Tours (from the likes of Tyrrell’s Wines, Stargazer Wine, McWilliam’s Wines and McLeish Estate Wines).The day will also feature live music. There'll also be gourmet boards laden with Sydney Royal award-winning cheese and charcuterie. It is the final event in almost two weeks of wine appreciation at the headquarters of the Sydney Royal, the Sydney Showground. Sydney Royal Wine Committee Chair of Judges Samantha Connew says the Sydney Royal Wine Experience is the Royal Agricultural Society’s way of showcasing Australia’s ever-developing expertise in wine production. “Gone are the days when Australia’s flirtation with wine was all but limited to Riesling or Chardonnay,” Ms Connew said. “The wine palate of Australians has developed greatly in recent years and our winemakers are always working hard to meet that demand and staying ahead of trend,” she said. Tickets for the Wine Experience are $80 per person, $150.00 for a double pass, with a discount for RAS Members. Further information is available at: www.rasnsw.com.au/wineexperience Tickets are limited. For further information contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

You Be The Judge – 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show Invites Media

5 Jul 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is today inviting the media to attend one of the most important events on the annual wine industry calendar, the judging of the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. Across four days this month, 31 of the most experienced Australian and a prestigious International Judge will study, smell and assess more than 2200 of Australia's best wines. These are "blind" judgings so judges during tasting are not aware of the producer of the wine. The Sydney Royal Wine Show dates back 191 years and has naturally earned a reputation as one the most prestigious wine competitions in Australia. Samantha Connew returns in 2017 as the Chair of Judges; "It is exciting to see the tastes of Australian consumers developing and evolving when it comes to wine which reflects the diverse and ever-changing nature of Sydney Royal Wine Show entries as Australia’s winemakers also develop and evolve," Ms Connew said. "We expect the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show in 2017 to be no different," she said. Media are invited to attend all judging sessions, which are closed to the public, where photo opportunities with judges will be available on request. A Media versus the Judges "blind judging" session will also be part of proceedings. Please note, full results of the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show will be released at 12.01am on Friday 28 July at: www.rasnsw.com.au/wine Judging Sessions Mon 17 July, 9am – 4pm Tues 18 July, 9am – 4pm Wed 19 July, 9am - 12pm Thurs 20 July, 9am – 1pm Southee Complex, cnr Grand Parade & Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park Available for interview: Sally Evans, Chair, Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee. Samantha Connew, Chair of Judges Mark Pygott, International Wine Judge (Taiwan) Media attending the judging are asked to please wear closed in shoes and avoid perfume, cologne or smell of cigarette smoke as this interferes with the judging process. Further information is available at: www.rasnsw.com.au/wine For further information, interview requests, or to RSVP to attend the judging, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations P: 02 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Sydney Showground offers a Pop-Up Christmas Carnival

4 Jul 2017

The Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, home of the Sydney Royal Easter Show is taking the drama out of organising your company Christmas party by offering a Pop-Up Christmas Carnival. Here is your chance to relax and unwind with staff and their families at an iconic venue. With the ability to cater for parties of up to 2000 people, the Sydney Showground can offer your company a christmas experience your staff and their families will talk about for years to come. On offer are some of the very same much loved attractions you see featured at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year, including the Big Slide, the Wave Swinger, Free Fall, Kite Flyer, Hot Wheels Car Ride and the Cup and Saucer Ride. Sydney Showground General Manager Peter Thorpe says the Pop-Up Christmas Carnival concept has emerged from companies stating they wanted a 'ready to go' concept at Christmas. "What better way to see out the year than in the carnival atmosphere the Sydney Showground is famous for," Mr Thorpe said. "Sydney Olympic Park is easy to access and the Sydney Showground provides open spaces for everyone to enjoy." "We can even ensure a visit from Santa," he said. Sydney Showground can tailor day or night christmas party packages to meet your company’s needs, beginning at just $80 per person. Anyone interested in staging their company Christmas Party at the Sydney Showground from December 1 to December 10, 2017 is encouraged to contact our team via; sales@sydneyshowground.com.au or on 02 9704 1111. Further information and interview requests please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t 02 9704 1453 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more
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