National Cool Climate Wine Show, 2017

UP FOR JUDGING: Bathurst vigneron Mark Renzaglia with two of the seven bottles he has entered for judging in the National Cool Climate Wine Show. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 090417cwines1
UP FOR JUDGING: Bathurst vigneron Mark Renzaglia with two of the seven bottles he has entered for judging in the National Cool Climate Wine Show. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 090417cwines1

THIS year’s National Cool Climate Wine Show is shaping up to be a bumper one with all Bathurst wineries taking part, organisers say.

Now in its 18th year, the Bathurst-based show has attracted 802 entries from cool climate regions across the country.

The show runs from October 17-20, and in the past judges have awarded hundreds of medals to top drops.

Entries closed on September 1, and chief steward Mark Haley said he was happy with the number and variety.

The biggest classes this year are shiraz with 125 entries, as well as chardonnay (90) and pinot (90), while sparking white (45) and rose (40) are up on previous years.

Mr Haley said while other wine shows have come and gone over years, Bathurst’s National Cool Climate Wine Show continues to attract strong entry numbers and renowned judges.

“We get a lot of regulars and this year we’ve got a number of new vineyards,” he said.

The benefit of an award is helping to sell and market the wines.

Mark Renzaglia

Locally, Renzaglia Wines has entered seven different wines for judging.

Owner Mark Renzaglia said not only was it vital for local vignerons to support the show, but it was also an ideal way to “benchmark” his wines.

“The benefit of an award is helping to sell and market the wines,” he said.

“Even if we don’t do well that’s a benefit as well as it helps to benchmark your wine.”

Mr Renzaglia said being involved in the show also allows him to speak to the judges about trends in wine and new approaches that other vignerons might be trying.

Mr Haley said the community do not miss out on the fun of the show with the Wine Show Public Tasting attracting hundreds of people each year.

To be held on Friday, October 20 at Bathurst Showground pavilions, the night gives people the chance to taste the wines, take a tour and enjoy complimentary nibbles and entertainment.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Bathurst Visitors Information Centre or at the door on the night.