Royal Queensland Wine Show

Since 1876, thousands of winemakers from across the nation have entered the esteemed Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS). Our wine and dairy competitions date back to the very first Royal Queensland Show and celebrate their 140th year in 2017.  The RQWS is one of Australia’s oldest competitions and the first wine show of the Australian wine show circuit. As one of the most prestigious and highly contested wine shows, Australia’s best wine producers can reveal their new season’s vintage.

Whilst the awards are built on longstanding traditions celebrating excellence, they are also reflective of current industry trends and in particular, changes in consumer interest.

In 2017, Chief Judge David Bicknell will once again lead a team of expert wine judges and industry peers from around the nation.

Following the competition and the announcement of the results, the wines are showcased at a series of trade and public events. The popular ‘Grape Grazing By Night - Celebrating Australian Wine’ event gives the public a chance to taste the award-winning wines and provides winemakers public recognition for their achievements.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your products judged at the highest level, by some of the nation’s top wine judges. The products are judged on their appearance, aroma, body, taste and finish.

Join us in celebrating Australia’s finest produce and secure your chance to win a place in this prestigious, national competition. This is a unique branding opportunity for your business, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Entries will open on Monday 19 December, 2017.

The Stodart Trophy

Kate Stodart, daughter of Toby and Kay Stodart, shares the history of the Stodart Trophy and where her family’s love of wine began. Click here to read the full article.

Benefits and Opportunities

Participating in the Royal Queensland Wine Show gives you the opportunity to access the following benefits:

  • Winners will be mentioned in RQFWS Media Releases, social media posts and on the website.
  • An opportunity to be featured at the RQFWS wine tasting event – Grape Grazing by Night - Celebrating Australian Wine (July) with more than 500 guests
  • Access to RQFWS medal artwork, medal label artwork is provided to winners free of charge
  • An opportunity to be featured throughout the 10 days of Royal Queensland Show (Ekka), the largest event in Queensland, including: Ekka Media Launch (July), RQFWS Cooking Stage, The Royal Queensland Steakhouse, RQFWS food outlets, Corporate Suites, Sponsor Lounge and RNA Council events

Result Catalogues

Forms and Downloads


2017 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 7 July 2017

Click here to download the Wine Bursary Application Form.

Important Dates and Information

    • Entries open Monday 19 December 2016
    • Entries close Extended to Friday 5 May 2017 at 5pm
    • Judging Monday 26 to Thursday 29 June 2017
    • Delivery of entries Monday 12 to Friday 16 June 2017 
      8.30am to 4.30pm
      (No entries will be accepted before or after this date)
    • Deliver entries to Royal Queensland Wine Show
      Brisbane Showgrounds
      Lower Exhibition Building
      Access off Carriage Street
      Bowen Hills QLD 4006
    • Awards Presentation and Trade Tasting Friday 7 July 2017
      Upper Exhibition Building
      Brisbane Showgrounds
      600 Gregory Terrace
      Bowen Hills QLD 4006
    • Public Tasting (Grape Grazing by Night – Celebrating Australian Wine) Friday 7 July 2017
      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 Coordinator
      Phone: 07 3253 3989

    • Before You Enter:

      Please ensure that you have read the 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show Schedule before you submit your entries as there have been some changes. 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.

    • Enter Online