New Zealand riesling winemakers are being encouraged to show their talents at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge that was launched in Wellington on Thursday.
Chief minister Andrew Barr said wine-making was a growing industry in the Canberra region and could benefit from the new direct flights between Canberra and New Zealand.
“The participation of international wine makers in the Riesling Challenge is another example of the strengthening ties between the two coolest little capitals in the world,” he said.
The Challenge has grown from 137 entries from its inception 17 years ago to just under 500 entrants last year, including some from France, Germany, the United States and New Zealand.
The Challenge, to be held at the Albert Hall in Yarralumla from 10 to 15 October, involves Riesling master classes and seminars, public tastings and showcases events at leading restaurants.