RECORD entries for this year’s Orange Wine Show to be held next month is a great reflection of the buoyancy in the local wine industry according to Orange Wine Show committee representative Justin Byrne.
Entries have now closed for this year’s wine show with the 48 exhibitors and 35 brands represented to be judged in Orange at the Agricultural Institute on Forest Road in the days leading up to the festival to run from October 14 – 30.
Wine show chief steward Will Rickard-Bell says there is great excitement around the record entries received across several classes.
“It is exciting we have this many entries this year, and if we continue along these lines we may even get to the point next year where we might need additional judges,” he said.
Wine show committees spokesman Justin Byrne said the securing of Master Winemaker Alison Eisermans is a coup for the wine show.
“Many will remember Alison from her time as winemaker at The Monument near Orange.
“We feel very privileged to have her come to Orange as head judge
Mr Byrne said this year the Chardonnay’s will be divided into two sections – one for the 2014 vintage and another for the 2015/16 vintage.
“Our Shiraz section’s are also very strong,” he said.
While the Rose variety might be gaining in popularity in other parts of the world, Mr Byrne said that is not the case for the Orange Wine Show.
“Rose is not a strong class for Orange – but we have a dozen or so entries,” he said.
Mr Byrne said some sections of the wine show will be highly competitive and he expects a quality showing from the Merlot and Pinot varieties.
“Pinot Gris is strong this year as well and we also have good numbers for our Sauvignon Blanc’s.
“All in all it should be a great show from our 325 entries which is a 10 per cent increase on last year,” Mr Byrne said.
Orange residents and visitors to the city can enjoy a tasting of the wines at the opening event for this year’s festival the Orange Wine Show Tasting to be held in the main pavilion at Orange Showground on October 14 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
It is highly recommended that you get in early by going to the Brand Orange website and booking tickets to this or any of the other 90 events planned for the two week festival.
Photo: Master Winemaker Alison Eisermann will be head judge at this year’s Orange Wine Show as part of the Orange Wine Festival to run from October