The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology has updated and extended its Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations (BPRs) following and extensive, industry-wide review.

The recommendations reflect the evolution over the last five years and introduce and expand on topics including judge diversity, hygiene requirements, term of appointment of judges, relaxation on the minimum volume required to exhibit, and the removal of award transferability. The document has also been revised to become a more succinct, easier to read set of recommendations.

“With best practices continuously evolving in the wine industry, it is imperative that ASVO’s wine show BPRs remain relevant. The Society’s objective was to review and streamline the document to assist agricultural societies, regional bodies and other groups to conduct wine shows in a manner that is considered current best practicefor the Australian wine show system,” said ASVO President Brooke Howell.

The ASVO promotes the exchange of technical information in the industry and establised the ASVO Best Practice Recommendations (BPRs) in 2015, with a recommendation to review every five years.

“The adoption of many of the best practice recommendations of the 2015 ASVO Wine Show Review produced more robust and uniform show judging standards in Australia’s capital city and regional shows,” said Louisa Rose, chaired the ASVO Wine Show Technical Advisory Committee responsible for the updated BPRs.

“The development of the 2020 ASVO Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations was a rigorous process that took nearly a year, with many conversations, consultations, subcommittees, meetings and drafts. We drew comments and information formally and informally from the wider show system, networks and organisations.”

The final 2020 ASVO Best Practice Recommendations are freely available to download from the ASVO website.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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