The National Wine Centre in Adelaide will host a World's Best Shiraz Challenge on Friday, June 18, with an opportunity to taste from a selection of over 700 Shiraz or Syrah wines.
The biggest tasting of its kind held anywhere in the world recognises the varietal's place as an Australian icon.
The nationally promoted annual event is the fifth edition of Winestate’s Shiraz Challenge. Last year the event attracted over 300 local wine industry participants, but this number is expected to double with the inclusion of consumers and interstate visitors.
Ticket holders will be able to taste from hundreds of wines from the magazine’s major international Shiraz judging that is held in the days leading to the event.
The event is managed and presented by Winestate Publishing, Australia’s oldest and most respected magazine authority on Australian wines, the wine industry and wine tourism. Each year Winestate evaluates over 10,000 wines from all regions in Australia and New Zealand with additional tourism information on where to stay and where to eat for its consumer and trade readers. South Australia, with its dominant wine regions, is involved in half the wine tasting editorial.
Winestate Publisher Peter Simic said the Shiraz Challenge will become a "must do" event for wine industry insiders from around Australia.
“We see this event as being part of the SA Tourism Commission’s campaign to bring wine lovers to the home of the nation’s best wines and friendliest cellar door outlets so close to the city,” Simic said.
“Winestate Magazine actively supports the SA Tourism Commission’s national marketing promotion of Adelaide’s 200 Cellar Doors that are within an hour’s drive of the city.”
Super Premium wine taste for 10 lucky ticket holders
There is a special bonus this year… in addition to the "open house’ tasting availability of all 700+ entries, there is a surprise door prize for 10 lucky imbibers getting to taste 10 of the world’s ‘super premium Shiraz/Syrah’ wines from Australia, NZ and Europe.
These include bottles that sell in limited quantities at up to $900 a bottle, including such prestige labels as Grange, Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle, Guigal Chateau Ampuis, Chapoutier L’ Ermite, Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road, Torbreck Run Rig, Hill of Grace and Meschach.
Tickets for the World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge ‘V’ are available through Winestate Publishing, Telephone (08) 8357 9277 at $40 per head, which covers all wine and bread and cheese samples.