2019 Awards (DRAFT)




The Australian Cider Awards presents an unrivalled opportunity to showcase your ciders and have them benchmarked by a world-class panel of judges.

The Awards is the largest cider show in Australia with 276 entries in 2019. Entry to this prestigious show is open to cider and perry products available for sale in Australia. In 2019, there were 28 classes of cider and perry including Traditional and New World styles and several specialty and intensified/distilled classes. Entries are blind tasted and assessed in terms of aroma and flavour, appearance, mouthfeel and overall impression.

The 2019 judging panel comprises 7 judges and 4 associates including:

  • Chair Sebastian Crowther MS (REAL Wines)
  • Guest UK judge Tom Oliver (Oliver’s Cider & Perry)
  • Michael Henry (Henry of Harcourt)
  • James Kendell (Small Acres Cyder)
  • Loïc Le Calvez (Wine Truth)
  • Briony Liebich (Lion Co)
  • Jody Scott (NZ’s Zeffer Cider)

Medals and trophies will be awarded to the best ciders at the cider industry’s gala dinner on Friday 8 November 2019 at The Craft & Co in Collingwood, Melbourne. 

Why enter?

  • Compare your product against industry benchmarks
  • Receive feedback from a panel of independent industry experts
  • Market your product with a recognised stamp of quality

2019 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules and classes?

The 2019 Style Guide sets out the Award classes, and the 2019 Conditions of Entry & Regulations sets out the rules, key dates and everything else you’ll need to know to enter.

How do I enter?

Read the 2019 Conditions of Entry & Regulations and the 2019 Style Guide to confirm eligibility and determine the appropriate class(es) to enter. Complete the online entry form and pay the entry fee by 27 September 2019. Then deliver your samples between 30 September – 11 October 2019.

When do entries open?

Entries opened on 8 July 2019 and close on 27 September 2019. Samples must be delivered between 30 September – 11 October 2019.

What products can I enter?

Entry is open to any cider that is commercially available in Australia, and this includes imported ciders. Kegs, bottles, cans and any other package may be entered. Further details on eligibility can be found in the 2019 Style Guide and the 2019 Conditions of Entry & Regulations.

Where do I send entries?

Show organisers will confirm the delivery address after your entry is received. Samples must be delivered between 30 September – 11 October 2019. Entries received before or after this delivery window will not be accepted. 

What quantity do I need to submit?

  • Standard and Speciality classes – submit four (4) of each if can/bottle is less than 650ml, or three (3) of each if bottle is 650ml or larger
  • Ice Cider and Pommeau – submit three (3) of each if bottle is less than 375ml, or two (2) of each if bottle is 375ml or larger
  • Apple/Pear Spirit – submit two (2) of each bottle. The total volume must be at least 375ml

Is anything new in 2019?

The classes and class descriptions are the same as in 2018.

There will, however, be a new delivery address for entries and we will confirm this by email when we send out your entry labels.

For further information about the Awards, please email awards@cideraustralia.org.au


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