This afternoon I launched the 14th Canberra International Riesling Challenge, which is the largest single-variety wine show in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts entries from around the world.
At the launch I also presented a special Centenary of Canberra Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Canberra District Wine Region. The recipient, Dr Edgar Riek OAM, has been an influential pioneer of the Canberra district wine industry and it is my pleasure to help recognise his contribution during our Centenary year celebrations.
The 2013 International Riesling Challenge runs until 12 October 2013 at the Albert Hall and the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. It has attracted 483 entries from around the world, which will be judged during the week with the winners announced on Friday 11 October.
There will be a public tasting this Saturday 12 October, 11am to 3pm, at the Albert Hall.