NSW Wine Awards

About the NSW Wine Awards

The New South Wales Wine Awards were created in 1996 to build awareness of the quality of wines produced in NSW.

Since inception the Awards have become an indicator of the growth and diversity of our State’s industry, and recognised the potential of new regions within New South Wales. 

Entries are welcomed from all 16 of our State's great wine regions. We urge all NSW wineries to enter, as these awards are one of the most successful opportunities to help increase public and trade brand awareness and open doors to genuine commercial opportunities.

Categories and Judging

Entries are judged by three panels, with each panel being chaired by a leading figure of Australian wine. In 2022 our panels will be led by our new Chief Judge Mr Nick Spencer.

The awards are divided into categories: Best Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris / Grigio, Other white single varietals, White Blends, light red (Rose), Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Other single red varietals, and Red blends as well as the Dry Red and Dry White trophies, Sparkling and Sweet wines. 

There is also an award for the Best Organic Wine in the show and the Chair of Judges Award. This award is given to a wine from a particular wine region that really impressed our Chair of Judges. Each year a different region is selected to reflect what is topical in the NSW wine industry.

Out of the above winning wines, one is selected for the ultimate Trophy - the ‘NSW Governor’s Best in Show’ - presented by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC.


The 2023 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards will be judged at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

We are thrilled to be able to host our events at this world-class venue.

NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

May 2024

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

The next NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards are now OPEN for entries. To find out more about these Awards and see who were the 2023 #nswwinestar click below.

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27 May 2024

Sydney Trade Tasting ~ Young Guns

The next NSW Wine Sydney Trade Tasting of 2024 will take place in May in a central CBD location, and will be focusing on wines from up and coming winemakers.

November 2024

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch at ICC Sydney and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2024.