By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News 

The search for Australia’s best wines begins on July 1 when entries to the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards will open.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most prestigious wine award programs, the show has been running for 130 years and is conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).

Last year saw more than 3000 wines from over 540 producers compete for highly coveted trophies including the Jimmy Watson Trophy, the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir and the Francois De Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine.

This year’s judging panel will consist of internationally recognised wine writer and sommelier, Matt Skinner and Crown’s director of wine, Chris Crawford.

RASV chief executive officer, Mark O’Sullivan said the awards showcase the diversity and excellence of Australian fine wines.

“We continue to dedicate resources ensuring these prestigious awards remain highly valued by our industry and bring attention to the talented producers involved," he said.

"Our past entrants have shown us outstanding wines year on year. I look forward to this year’s exciting competition and welcome all to take part.” 

The awards presentation will take place on October 16.

The Shout Team

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