Royal Queensland Wine Show

For 141 years, thousands of Australian winemakers have entered the nationally esteemed Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) — the first capital city wine show held in Australia each year and the first to judge the new season's vintage. Built upon longstanding traditions celebrating excellence in wine, this prestigious show continues to garner success by paying close attention to consumer interest and current industry trends.

This year, a $12 000 RNA fellowship will be awarded to the Grand Champion Wine of Show recipient. This is an exciting opportunity for winemakers to further their knowledge of the national and international wine industry, with fellowship funds to be used for travel, training and education towards developing their winemaking skills.

Chief Judge and 2017 Winemaker of the Year recipient, David Bicknell, will return to the 2018 RQWS to lead a team of expert wine judges and industry peers from across the nation.

Post judging, the wine will be showcased to the public at Grape Grazing by Night on Friday 13 July 2018. Now in its fourth year, this exclusive event gives winemakers public recognition for their achievements and allows attendees the chance to sample the award-winning wines.

Benefits and Opportunities

Award recipients in the RQWS may receive the following benefits:

  • Unique branding opportunity at Grape Grazing by Night on Friday 13 July 2018
  • An opportunity to be featured at the annual Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) in August (and related media launch) in the following locations:
    - Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Cooking Stage
    - Royal Queensland Steakhouse presented by JBS
    - Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show food outlets
    - Corporate suites
    - Sponsor lounge
    - RNA council events
  • 2019 wine supplier to the Royal International Convention Centre, listed in the internationally distributed menu compendium
  • A $12,000 fellowship 
  • Free access to RQWS medal artwork
  • Marketing and social media opportunities

Forms and Downloads 

Entries now closed.


2018 Queensland Winemaker Bursary

Ideal Candidate:

  • You are currently working as a winemaker in the Queensland industry
  • You can provide and outline relevant qualifications and experience as a winemaker
  • You can provide three (3) self-produced wines for evaluation
  • Commitment to attend the Royal Queensland Wine Public Wine Showcase at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday 13 July 2018

Forms and Downloads 

  • Entry form
  • Applications close Friday, 1 June 2018


RQFWS Winners

Congratulations to Xanadu Wines, recipient of the Grand Champion Wine of Show award, for their Reserve Chardonnay 2015, and also to Deep Woods Estate, recipient of the Stodart Trophy for Best Young Red of Show, for their Estate Cabernet Merlot 2015. 


The Stodart Trophy

The historic Stodart Trophy recognises the Best Young Red of Show. 

Kate Stodart, daughter of Toby and Kay Stodart, shares the story behind her family’s love of wine and the history of the Stodart Trophy. Read the story here.


Results Catalogues


Steward Applications

Learn more about the wine industry by becoming a 2018 Royal Queensland Wine Show Steward.

Click here for more information.


Important Dates and Information

  • Entries open 11 December 2017
  • Entries close 20 April 2018, 5:00pm AEST
  • JudgingMonday 2 to Thursday 5 July 2018
  • Delivery of entriesMonday 18 June 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
  • Deliver entries to Upper Exhibition Building
    Brisbane Showgrounds
    600 Gregory Terrace
    Bowen Hills QLD 4006
  • Awards Presentation and Trade Tasting Friday 13 July 2018
    Upper Exhibition Building
    Brisbane Showgrounds
    600 Gregory Terrace
    Bowen Hills QLD 4006
  • Public Tasting (Grape Grazing by Night – Celebrating Australian Wine) Friday 13 July 2018
    Upper Exhibition Building
    Brisbane Showgrounds
    600 Gregory Terrace
    Bowen Hills QLD 4006
  • For specific competition related enquiries please contact:

    Royal Queensland Wine Show
    Competition & Events Department
    Phone: 07 3253 3900

  • Before You Enter:

    Please ensure that you have read the Royal Queensland Wine Show Schedule before you submit your entries. To complete your application online, you must supply your credit card details - MasterCard or Visa. Unfortunately we do not accept American Express and Diners Cards.