Royal Queensland Wine Show

For 143 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.

The RQWS continues to be 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 Jim Chatto will lead a team of expert wine judges and industry peers from across the nation. Mr Chatto has more than 20 years experience as a wine judge, holding chair of judges’ roles at other capital city and regional wine shows.


Benefits and Opportunities

Award recipients in the RQWS may receive the following benefits:

  • Unique branding opportunities at Grape Grazing 
  • An opportunity to be featured at the annual Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) in August in the following locations:

             - RQFWS Demonstration Stage and Masterclasses
             - Royal Queensland Steakhouse presented by JBS
             - Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show food outlets
             - Corporate suites
             - Sponsor lounge
             -  RNA council events

  • 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


Treasury Brisbane Emerging Queensland Winemaker of the Year

The RNA and Treasury Brisbane are committed to supporting the Queensland wine industry through the annual awarding of the Treasury Brisbane Emerging Queensland Winemaker of the Year Award.

The recipient will be provided with the following rewards, aimed to further develop the winemaker’s skills and to encourage the continued growth of the Queensland wine industry.

  • Attendance at the Advanced Wine Assessment course (AWAC) facilitated by the Australian Wine Research Institute;
  • A $1,500 allowance towards travel costs associated with attendance at the AWAC;
  • Invitation to the 2022 Royal Queensland Wine Show as an Associate Judge;
  • Opportunity to enter into a 12-month commercial agreement with Treasury Brisbane to sell an agreed range in their wide array of restaurants and bars; and
  • Invitation to attend and speak at functions hosted by Treasury Brisbane to promote their craft and range.

Any winemaker of an exhibit in the 2021 RQWS eligible to be labelled as Queensland wine (at least 85% of the wine must have been obtained from grapes grown in Queensland) may submit an application for the award.

To read more about the Award and how to apply, please visit the links below.


RQFWS Winners

Congratulations to Giant Steps Wine, recipient of the 2019 Angelo Puglisi Grand Champion Wine of Show trophy, for their 2018 Nocton Vineyard Pinot Noir.


Results Catalogues



Important Dates and Information

  • Entries open

    Wednesday 10 February 2021 

    Entries close

    Friday 30 April 2021

    Delivery of wines

    Monday 14 - Friday 18 June 2021


    Commences 28 June 2021

    Grape Grazing by Night 

    Friday 23 July 2021, 6pm - 9pm 
  • 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.




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