2017 Awards

UPDATE – 2017 Australian Cider Awards Results

2017 Australian Cider Awards


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

The 2017 judging panel comprises chair Behn Payten (Payten & Jones Wines), Spanish guest judge Eduardo Vázquez Coto, Sebastian Crowther MS (Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne), Lucy Maddox (Madrez Wine Services) and Kirrily Waldhorn (Beer Diva founder).

The Awards is the largest cider show in Australia with more than 200 entries in 2017.

Entry to this prestigious show is open to cider and perry products available for sale in Australia. Twenty categories of cider and perry are judged 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.

Medals and trophies will be awarded to the best ciders at the cider industry’s gala dinner on Friday 27th October 2017. The dinner will be held at The Craft & Co in Collingwood. Further details will be available shortly.

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


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules and classes?

The 2017 Awards Information & Style Guide sets out the classes, competition rules and everything else you’ll need to know to enter.

How do I enter?

Read the 2017 Awards Information & Style Guide in full to confirm eligibility and determine the appropriate class to enter. Complete the online entry form and pay the entry fee by 1 September 2017. Then wait for your entry labels to be mailed out and deliver your cider.

When do entries open?

Entries to the 2017 Australian Cider Awards open on 5 June 2017. Entries close on 1 September 2017, and samples must be delivered between 1-15 September 2017.

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 2017 Awards Information & Style Guide.

Where do I send entries?

Show organisers will confirm the delivery address after your entry is received. Samples must be delivered between 1-15 September 2017.

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.

What is new in 2017?

There are no substantive changes to the Award classes in 2017. A summary of revisions to the 2016 version of the Style Guide can be downloaded here.

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

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