Australia’s Best Cider Selection Awards – Winners Announced!

31 Dec 2021

Cider Australia has announced the winners of the 2021 Australia’s Best Cider Selection of the Year Awards.

Gurneys Cidery in Gippsland, Victoria has been crowned National Winner of the inaugural competition, and also takes out the Best Cidery award, impressing the judges with a cutting edge cider selection that pushes the bounds on experimentation, collaboration and education while retaining a ‘super serious intent’.

Willie Smith’s Apple Shed in the Huon Valley, Tasmania was awarded the Best Cider + Food Venue in Australia. The judging panel noted that Willie Smith’s is a fabulous cidery that ‘nails it’ with its excellent range of ciders matched with a finely crafted restaurant menu, cementing itself as a ‘must visit’ stop in southern Tasmania.

President of Cider Australia, Warwick Billings, said the Best Cider Selection Awards are designed to identify and reward venues that go the extra mile to present their customers with interesting, unique and delicious cider choices.

“The high standard of entries received from across Australia was really encouraging and shows us that the competition has a bright future.

“Launching a new competition in the midst of a pandemic came had its challenges, not least that the judges were constrained to a virtual assessment of entries, but we still have plenty of learnings and ideas for next steps”, said Warwick.

The 2021 panel of three independent judges comprised drinks writer and backyard cider maker Max Allen, wine + drinks writer/presenter Mike Bennie and Master Sommelier and director of REAL Wines Sebastian Crowther.

Entries were assessed on the quality, diversity and suitability of the ciders on offer, as well as efforts to educate and assist customers to select products.



National Winner

Gurneys Cidery

Category Awards

Best Cidery: Gurneys Cidery

Best Cider + Food Venue: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed

Highly Commended

Cidery Category (in alphabetical order):

Daylesford Cidery

Napoleone Orchard Bar & Cidery

Small Acres Cyder

Willie Smith’s Apple Shed

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For more details please contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on
0434 559 759 or or visit

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.

About the Best Cider Selection of the Year Awards

This competition was launched in 2021 to identify and acknowledge venues that offer customers an excellent selection of ciders. It expands Cider Australia’s existing efforts to benchmark and promote the cider industry.

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