More than 500 wines from 89 wineries across NSW and ACT will be sampled by the experts in Forbes this week, at the 26th NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show.
The show is the only one of its kind in the state, open to all NSW and ACT wine producers that crush a maximum of 500 tonnes a year.
Chairman of Judges, Mike De Iuliis from De Iuliis Wines, Pokolbin and his team of expert wine judges and associate judges have the task of selecting the best of the best over three days from Monday to Wednesday.
“These wines are competing against direct competitors in the market,” Mr De IuIiis said.
The top wines are selected based on their appearance, aroma, body, taste and finish.
The judges have come from London, Pokolbin, Bowral, Mudgee, Orange, Canberra, Moama, Griffith and Rutherglen.
NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show President Mark Watts believes the wine show is a great event for our region.
“We are in a unique situation, we are on neutral ground. We aren’t exactly in a winemakers place,” he said.
Mr De Iuliis agreed, adding, “People ask me, ‘why are you going to Forbes, there’s no wine industry there’. Well ... that’s where the show is held.
“There is a core group of really passionate wine enthusiasts in Forbes who get the entries and set it all up, it wouldn’t happen without those guys. Credit to the community who put it together,” he said.
Wines will be showcased at the public tasting event from 6.30pm on Friday, September 1 at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre.