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The integrity of Sydney Royal competitions rests in the hands of accomplished, knowledgeable and, most importantly, independent judges.


Judging process

The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show engages the most experienced and respected Judges in the industry and endorses the development of future judges.

The process is overseen by a Chair of Judges and includes six separate judging panels. Each panel consists of one Panel Chair, two Senior Judges and two Associate Judges.
Medals are determined by the Judges using the following point scale:

  • Gold medal for outstanding Exhibits gaining 95.0pts and over

  • Silver medal for excellent Exhibits gaining 90.0pts but fewer than 95.0pts

  • Bronze medal for quality Exhibits gaining 85.0pts but fewer than 90.0pts


Judging succession plan

To ensure a consistent high standard of judging, the RAS operates the Sydney Royal Associate Judge Program to train the next generation.

Joining the Sydney Royal Associate Judge Program provides unique opportunities to:

  • Lean how to score exhibits from experienced senior judges

  • Experience first-hand what it takes to judge fine food and wine

  • Be exposed to emerging trends and the very best producers have to offer

  • Network with industry experts

  • Build experience toward becoming a qualified judge

If you are interested in becoming a Associate Judge, please email us with your details at



Stewards play a valuable role ensuring each judging day runs smoothly through the coordination and preparation of exhibits.

Acting as a Steward for Sydney Royal competitions provides unique insight into a specific industry and counts as relevant experience toward an Associate Judge role in the future.