THE REGION'S wine producers have until Friday to enter Australia's largest and most prestigious wine awards.
Entries for The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) close this Friday.
The RMWA, conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), showcases the diversity and quality of Australian wines, recognising outstanding achievements in the pursuit of product excellence.
They bring together Australia's premier wine producers and their world class wines. Last year more than 3000 entries were tasted, from more than 540 producers.
The RMWA are an essential benchmarking opportunity for the Australian industry. They give Australian wine producers the opportunity to promote their fine wines to both industry and consumers.
Entrants have until Friday to be in the running for awards across a total of 77 classes, ultimately competing for 24 trophies, including the new Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticulture Excellence.
They will also compete for the following prestigious accolades:
Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the Best Red Wine of the 2012 & 2013 Vintages
James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir
Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz
Francois De Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine
Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy
Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified Wine
The Victorian Trophy for Wines of Provenance
RASV CEO, Mark O'Sullivan, said for 130 years, the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards have showcased the diversity and excellence of Australian fine wines.
"We continue to dedicate resources ensuring these prestigious awards remain highly valued by our industry and bring attention to the talented producers involved," he said.
Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on Thursday, October 16, followed by the opportunity for exhibitors to participate in the RMWA Exhibitor Tasting on Friday, October 17 at Melbourne Showgrounds.