Background of the Hunter Valley Boutique Winemaker’s Show

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemaker’s Show started in 1989 with eleven wineries.

Tom Morgan and Lyndon McLeod after discussions with Chris Barnes called on all the small wineries to promote the show. In those days the only participants were those vineyards who grew and crushed 100 tonnes.

Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show have between 65–80 vineyards showing and this year 2017, will be our 29th show, with the judging taking place in September.

Keith Tulloch is the Chief Judge, taking over Ray Healey in 2008.

The show is exclusively a Hunter Show with Judges of the calibre of Andrew Spinaze, Phil Ryan, Peter Hall, Mark Richardson, Nick Paterson, Adrian Sparkes, Brian Currie, Xanthe Hatcher, and Karl Stockhausen and Ray Healey participating.

A competition to evaluate wine made from grapes grown in the Hunter Valley by Boutique Winemakers.

Conducted by the Maitland Show Society – A community organization promoting agriculture and horticulture and judged in the Tom Morgan Pavilion at the Maitland Showground.

The aim of the show is:

  • A level playing field for the smaller guys.
  • Improve the standard of winemaking in the Hunter.
  • To provide a marketing tool and platform.
  • To train the judges of the future by providing the opportunity for a young winemaker to train as an Associate Wine Judge.

Examples: Usher Tinkler and Annabelle Holland.

  • Presentation dinner on the Thursday night of the show where the guests taste or drink the medal winning wines of the previous year. This Year being our 29th year, Our Dinner will be held at Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley.

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