2019 Australian Cider Awards announced

8 Nov 2019

Cider Australia has announced the winners of its 2019 Australian Cider Awards at a gala dinner in Melbourne this evening. Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider from South Australia won ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best New World Cider’ and ‘Best Australian Cider’ with a score of 97 in the New World Medium Sweet Cider class.

Hosted by Cider Australia, the show promotes and rewards excellence in cider production and brings together the Australian cider community in a celebration of the cider category’s rapid advancement.

A field of 267 Australian and international entries across 24 classes were judged by a panel of respected industry professionals including visiting guest judge Tom Oliver from Oliver’s Cider & Perry in the UK and Jody Scott from Zeffer Cider in New Zealand.

Of the record 16 gold medals awarded this year, 14 were won by Australian producers in a show of the outstanding skills of our local cider makers. Within each class, bronze, silver or gold medals were awarded based on points achieved, with the highest score winning best in class and the overall category trophy.

2019 Australian Cider Award winners:

Best in Show: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider

Best New World Cider: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider

Best Traditional Cider: Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove 2018 Draught Cider

Best Perry: Small Acres Cyder – 2017 Sparkling Perry

Best Intensified / Distilled Cider or Perry: William Smith & Sons – Charles Oates Distilling Apple Blanco

Best Australian Cider or Perry: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider

Best International Cider or Perry: Cester Camillo – Sidro del Bosco, Italy

Most Successful Small Producer: Small Acres Cyder, New South Wales

Most Successful Larger Producer: William Smith & Sons, Tasmania

Cider Australia also honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian cider industry over a prolonged period of time through its Champion of the Industry Award. This Award was presented jointly to Dr Clive Crossley and Lynne Uptin OAM from Tasmania.

For more information and a full list of award and medal winners visit: https://www.cideraustralia.org.au/past-results/2019-results/



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For more details please contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759 or office@cideraustralia.org.au or visit www.cideraustralia.org.au. Follow the Awards via twitter @cideraustralia and the #australianciderawards hashtag.

About Cider Australia

Cider Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by cider businesses and sponsors, established in 2012. It aims to build a sustainable cider category by undertaking activities that improve the quality of ciders produced and marketed in Australia. The organisation represents the interests of the cider industry to policy makers, calling for regulations and policies that support a diverse and evolving cider industry, and runs the national cider conference (AusCider) and the Australian Cider Awards.

Australian Cider Awards

This year’s Australian Cider Awards is the 9th annual show. It is the largest cider competition in Australia and is leading the standardisation and improvement of cider judging across Australia. This year the Awards received a record 276 entries from 84 Australian and international producers.

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