About The Show

In 2018, the National Cool Climate Wine Show will be held from 16-19th October…

Founded by the Bathurst Regional Vignerons Association, the National Cool Climate Wine Show (NCCWS) in 2018, is celebrating its 20th year,  Receiving over 800 entries from cool climate wine producing regions across Australia

The NCCWS held in Bathurst is the largest inland event of its kind, as the majority of premium wine shows are held in capital cities along the coastal edge. This event has become the principal Australian cool climate wine show since its conception in 1998. Supported by the huge entry portfolio hence sustaining this title over the event lifetime.

Bathurst is two and a half hours west of Sydney, is well known for its distinct seasons. As an emerging wine area you will discover cellar doors and vineyards producing a rich diversity of cool climate wines, many of them prestigious award winners. They are located in the hills and valleys surrounding Australia’s oldest inland settlement, and even on the slopes of the iconic Mount  Panorama Racing Circuit with vineyards at elevations ranging from 700 to over 1000 metres.

With 37 classes, from noble varieties to upcoming grape varieties, incorporating boutique and large wine making companies. primarily to benchmark wines and gain valuable feedback from well-respected industry judges.

We celebrate various objectives; 1) highlighting and raising the profile of all cool climate growing regions across Australia, and the benefits of purchasing such wines. 2) Benchmarking opportunities providing world class feedback for all cool climate wine producers – large and small, to compare their offerings in a competitive marketplace.


How does one assess all the complex qualities of a wine, and then reduce this experience into a numerical rating against which other wines can be compared and evaluated? This conundrum has puzzled wine judges and tasters for many years, and although it is generally conceded that no system is perfect, the Australian Wine Show scorecard system has now been almost universally accepted for wine shows in this country.

This approach to wine appraisal scores a wine out of twenty and is often referred to as the 3/7/10 system. It is essentially similar to a method developed at the Roseworthy Agricultural College Faculty of Oenology. It allows a knowledgeable judge to score a wine with considerable precision by allocating points separately to desirable features and to faults. The 20 point scale is divided into appearance (clarity and colour) 3 points, nose (aroma and bouquet) 7 points and palate (flavour) 10 points. With three judges awarding points, the scores are then totalled and divided by 3 to reflect the average.

The medals for the Wine Show are awarded according to the judges’ score as follows:
Gold Medal 18.5 to 20.0 points
Silver Medal 17.0 to 18.4 points
Bronze Medal 15.5 to 16.9 points


Patron: Ron Camplin, OAM HonDA CSturt
Chairman: Garry Baxter
Secretary: Felicity Baines
Head Steward: Mark Haley
Committee Members:  Tony Hatch, Mark Renzaglia, Michelle Kerr, Mark Galbraith, Andrew McArthur, Lee Baxter.