Wine Events on the Mornington Peninsula

Australian Pinot Noir Challenge

28 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020

2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge Trophy - Tertini Tasmania Pinot Noir

Other regional Top Gold wines:

  • Mornington Peninsula Trophy: Handpicked - 2018 Collection Pinot Noir
  • Yarra Valley Trophy: Giant Steps - 2018 Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Geelong Trophy: Clyde Park - 2018 Block F College Pinot Noir
  • Gippsland Trophy: Dirty Three - 2018 Dirty Three Holgates Road Pinot Noir
  • Tasmania Trophy: Tertini - 2018 Tasmania Pinot Noir 
  • New South Wales: no trophy awarded
  • South Australia: no trophy awarded

Judging took place on 18-19 November 2019 at Pt. Leo Estate

Presentation Dinner held at Cumulus Inc on Thursday 21 November 2019.


Australian Pinot Noir Challenge 2018 Trophy: 

2017 Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

Regional top gold wines:

Mornington Peninsula

2017 Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir


2017 Clyde Park Estate Block D Pinot Noir


2017 Tilson Hill Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley

2017 Greenstone Yarra Valley Estate Pinot Noir


2017 Pressing Matters Pinot Noir Cuvee C

  • Judging took place on Monday 13 & 14 August 2018
  • Presentation Dinner held at French saloon on Saturday 18 August 2018 

2018 Schedule & Entry Criteria

The first annual 2017 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge (APNC) Trophy Winner and regional champions announced here by Philip Rich.



Trophy Winner:

Congratulations to Yes said the seal for the 2016 Yes said the seal Pinot Noir being judged the top Pinot Noir at the inaugural 2017 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge.

Best of Region:

Top scoring regional champions (scoring 95+ points):

Geelong - 2016 Yes said the seal Pinot Noir (98)                                                                 

Tasmania - 2016 Meadowbank Pinot Noir (97)                                                                    

Mornington Peninsula - 2015 Paringa Estate Estate Pinot Noir (96)                                            

Yarra Valley - 2016 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir (96)                                                   

Gippsland - 2016 Dirty Three Dirt 1 (Berrys Creek Vineyard) Pinot Noir (96)           

A complete list of wines entered and medal results here

Chairman Philip Rich said he was delighted with the standard of entries.  “The results highlight the excitement, diversity and depth of Pinot Noir in Australia, and we are incredibly excited about the future of the challenge. We were really pleased with the support of the industry in the challenge’s inaugural year and look forward to building on these fantastic results in 2018”

“In my mind, Australian Pinot Noir has really come of age in recent years. Some of the wines we’ve seen this week have been of such a high level, they would stand up on the world stage,” fellow judge Jim Chatto added.  

Many thanks to all participants, stewards & judges. 


The inaugural APNC was open to all Australian Pinot Noir producers and judging took place on the Mornington Peninsula on 14 -15 August 2017, with Philip Rich as Chairman and Jim Chatto & Melanie Chester completing the judging panel.

The APNC aims to showcase the depth and breadth of Australian Pinot Noir regions, sites and styles - and recognise the country’s best examples.   The Challenge is judged according to ASVO standards and the judging panel score on a 100-point scale, with the highest pointed wine from each region (of gold medal standard, 95 points or higher) eligible for the overall champion 2017 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge Trophy.

All entry details included here in the 2017 Schedule and 2017 Judges

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Submit up to 5 wines below ($110 per wine). Please submit another entry if you have more than 5 wines.