Australian Cider Awards countdown begins

23 Sep 2019

Apple and pear trees have started to blossom as the countdown begins to Australia’s largest cider show.

Entries to the 2019 Australian Cider Awards are due this Friday 27 September with another record year of entries anticipated.

Show organiser Cider Australia is ready to welcome this year’s international guest Tom Oliver from the Oliver’s Cider & Perry (UK) who will bring a well-rounded perspective to the already impressive judging panel.

All producers and marketers that sell cider in Australia are encouraged to enter the competition to benchmark their products, receive feedback from independent experts and compete for medals which are a recognised stamp of excellence.

Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 8 November.

The Awards promote and reward excellence in cider production and bring together cider makers, industry suppliers, communicators, retailers, sommeliers and consumers.

Enter the Awards via


Tickets to the Australian Cider Awards Dinner are $135 and available through Eventbrite. 

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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

The 9th annual Australian Cider Awards will be held in Spring 2019. It is the largest cider competition in Australia and is leading the standardisation and improvement of cider judging across Australia. Last year the Awards received 260 entries from Australian and international producers. Judging of the 2019 Awards will be held on 22-23 October 2019 at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne. The panel comprises 7 full judges and 4 associates and brings expertise from across the alcoholic beverage industry including:

  • Chair Sebastian Crowther MS (REAL Wines)
  • Guest UK judge Tom Oliver
  • Nathan Hyde (InterGO Partners)
  • James Kendell (Small Acres Cyder)
  • Loïc Le Calvez (Wine Truth)
  • Jody Scott (NZ’s Zeffer Cider)

Tom Oliver – Biography

Tom Oliver leads a fabulously full life. He is a farmer and the sound engineer and tour manager for The Proclaimers, but it’s for the quality of the ciders and perries he makes in Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire and his collaborations with brewers and cidermakers, that he has gained a reputation around the world. He enjoys drinking cider only just slightly more than he enjoys talking about it but most of all it is the people around cider that stimulates and excites him.

Key dates

Entries Open Mon 8 Jul
Entries Close Fri 27 Sep
Deliver Entries Mon 30 Sep – Fri 11 Oct
Judging (media representatives are invited to visit the judging but this is closed to public) Tue 22 & Wed 23 Oct (Melb)
Awards Presentation Fri 8 Nov (Melb)

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

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