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Wine Events on the Mornington Peninsula

Australian Pinot Noir Challenge

13 Aug 2018 - 14 Aug 2018

Important Dates for the second Australian Pinot Noir challenge                                                                                                         

  • Entries open on Monday 14 May 2018
  • Entries close Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • Exhibits must be delivered during the period Monday 23 July –6 August 2018
  • Judging will take place on Monday 13 & 14 August 2018
  • Trophy announcement will be on Saturday 18 August 2018 (tbc)

2018 Schedule & Entry Criteria

The first annual 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

Register your Wines Below

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