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The Sydney Royal Wine Show, established in 1826, is one of the most prestigious wine shows in Australia.

The first Show in 1826 saw wine judged for the first time, however quality wines were few and far between. In 1828, James Busby brought grapevine cuttings from the most celebrated vineyards of France, Spain and Germany to New South Wales. He established a vineyard at Kirkton and his reputation as the father of the Australian wine industry. The James Busby Perpetual Trophy for Best NSW Wine at the Sydney Royal Wine Show is named in his honour. 

Entries are now closed for the 2024 Sydney Royal Wine Show. 

What's NEW for 2024?

  • No Entry Class Limits: The limit of entries per Exhibitor per class have now been removed, allowing wineries to expand their entries.
  • Introducing Non-Alcoholic Wine Annual Prize: The emerging non-alcoholic wine industry has not been forgotten, and now wineries have a chance to win an Annual Prize for the best in class of non-alcoholic wines.
  • Vermouth and Brandy have a new home in the Sydney Royal Distilled Spirits Show: For more information please visit the Distilled Spirits page.
Mid April 2024

Entries open

15 May 2024

Entries close

8 - 12 July 2024


29 July - 1 August 2024


15 August 2024

Results Announced

21 September 2024

Grape, Grain & Graze Festival

Dates are subject to change.

Benefits for wineries entering the Sydney Royal Wine Show can include:

  • Commercial Benefits: Enhance the commercial value of your entered wines and winery. A medal from Sydney Royal instantly elevates your brand's stature and marketability among consumers and industry professionals alike.
  • Value of a Sydney Royal medal: Trust in our rigorous judging process, renowned for its integrity and setting the benchmark standards in the industry. A Gold medal at Sydney Royal signifies not just excellence but also the validation of your winemaking expertise by industry experts.
  • Reputation & History: Align your winery with a legacy of excellence spanning generations. Sydney Royal Wine Show's illustrious history and esteemed reputation make it the premier platform to showcase your wines and gain unparalleled recognition within the industry.
  • Benchmarking & Feedback: Receive invaluable feedback and insights on every entry, allowing you to continuously refine and improve your winemaking techniques. Benchmark your wines against industry peers and identify areas for growth and innovation to stay ahead of the competition.
  • Marketing Exposure: The RAS runs a Marketing Consumer Campaign annually, promoting the standard of excellence of wine entries, providing valuable exposure and prestige of trophy and medal winners to consumers and trade.
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Sydney Royal Competitions encourage and reward excellence, with the aim to support a viable and prosperous future for our agricultural communities. 

2023 Major Trophies

Best Red:

Best White:

Best Sparkling white or rosé:

Best Wine Of Show:

The 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

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 complete the expression of interest form.

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.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been an influential force in the direction and development of Australian agriculture through competitions, education and events since its foundation in 1822. Today, through the Sydney Royal Wine Show, we are promoting and rewarding excellence in Australian winemaking through several key initiatives.

The Sydney Royal Wine Show is committed to attracting the very best professionals as Judges and Stewards, providing an excellent environment for networking and professional development to all participants, resulting in benefits for the industry at large.

Development of Judges
The judging panel for the Sydney Royal Wine Show is selected by Chair of Judges Sarah Crowe and the RAS Wine Committee, and aims to include a combination of viticulturalists, wine educators, winemakers, wine marketers, retailers, sommeliers, journalists and expert amateurs of wine from across Australia.
The RAS offers Associate Judge positions to a range of young industry professionals, including high-performing graduates from the Len Evans Tutorial; the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS).

Grants & Scholarship Fund
The RAS conducts an annual wine sale, using a portion of excess wine show stock, to benefit the Australian wine industry. All proceeds are used to fund wine industry scholarships, as detailed below, and other initiatives. Applications for Sydney Royal Wine Show scholarships will open in mid-2024.
For more information please visit:

Sydney Royal Wine Show Study Scholarship
First awarded in 2013, this scholarship honours the memory and contribution of Graham Thorp, Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee from 1984 - 1990.
The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, offers an annual tertiary scholarship to foster the growth and development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry leaders. This national Award supports students who demonstrate passion and leadership and who are committed to contributing to the Australian wine industry. Students may be studying anything from agriculture science, horticulture, viticulture, oenology through to marketing, sommelier, lab technician and journalism.
The scholarship is valued at $6,000 for full-time study or $3,000 for part-time study and provides opportunities for successful students to network with wine industry leaders at the Sydney Royal Wine Show.

Sydney Royal Wine Show Professional Development Scholarship
The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, offers an annual scholarship to receive a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course in Adelaide. This scholarship, first introduced in 2017, aims to encourage and support young professionals who are passionate about wine and committed to forging careers that will contribute to the Australian wine industry. Individuals may also apply for funding to pursue other professional development courses such as, but not limited to, certificates and diplomas offered by WSET and CMS, and the AWRI’s Advanced Viticulture Course.

Len Evans Tutorial
Since 2008, the RAS has been a key sponsor of the Len Evans Tutorial. This prestigious program, said to be “the best wine school in the world’’, was initiated in 2001 by Len Evans AO OBE, Chair of Judges at the Sydney Royal Wine Show for over 25 years. For more information visit

Peter Doyle Trophy
The recipient of the Peter Doyle Trophy is selected by the Chair of Judges and is awarded to the Associate Judge who not only performs well during judging and related exercises, but who also displays a great attitude throughout the Show. It is presented in honour of Peter Doyle, legendary Sydney seafood restaurateur and long-time supporter of the Sydney Royal Wine Show judge education programme during the 1980s and 1990s.
In recent years, the Peter Doyle Trophy has been awarded to Phillip Le Messurier (2023), Skye Salter (2022), Alex Kirkwood (2019), Brendan Carr (2018).

Educational Wine Program
Following judging, small quantities of excess wine stock are donated to a number of tertiary educational institutions across Australia. This stock and their associated scores are used to re-create judging panels as part of the classroom learning process.

Trade Seminars
The Sydney Royal Wine Show conducts a range of trade events in conjunction with other organisations, designed to educate wine professionals about the Australian Wine Show System and to showcase the Sydney Royal Wine Show.

Wine Show Collaboration
Wine Consultative Committee
The RAS Wine Committee facilitates the meeting of the Wine Consultative Committee. The purpose of this meeting is to analyse and review the Sydney Royal Wine Show by consulting with experts from different facets of the wine industry, capturing a wide range of perspectives. Experts not directly associated with the Sydney Royal Wine Show are invited to share their opinions and knowledge to ensure that the Wine Show continues to be relevant and contemporary.

Capital City Wine Show’s Committee (CCWSC)
The Sydney Royal Wine Show is proud to be a member of the Capital City Wine Show’s Committee (CCWSC), which was formed in October 2012. Including all Capital City Wine Shows, the CCWSC aims to work collaboratively to ensure the relevance of and to raise the profile, of the Australian wine show system – enabling all participants to identify best practices and thereby fast track improvement of the breed.

NSW Regional Wine Show Meeting
The RAS Wine Committee regularly invites representatives from all NSW Regional Wine Shows to meet and discuss judging practices and, in a similar way to CCWSC, works in a collaborative manner to strengthen the Australian Wine Show system.

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO)
The RAS Wine Committee is committed to following the 2020 Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations developed by the ASVO, which expresses the current industry view on what constitutes best practice in the Australian wine show system which can be found at

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