Winepilot launches inaugural Winepilot Zero-Alcohol Wine Show

Zero-alcohol wines set to be championed with the launch of Australia’s first wine show dedicated to the growing zero-alcohol wine category 

Winepilot has added a new awards show to the wine calendar with the launch of the inaugural Winepilot Zero-Alcohol Wine Show. The show is the first of its kind in Australia and New Zealand to focus solely on Zero-Alcohol wines and aims to champion talented producers and bring awareness to the growing market, both locally and globally.

The new awards show will call on wine producers, big and small, to submit their alcohol-free wines under the shows four categories: Sparkling Wines, White Wines, Chillable Red Wines and Red Wines. Trophies will also be awarded for Best Wine of Show and Best Wine Producer. 

Winepilot founder Angus Hughson says the introduction of the new show will further promote the growing category by identifying the best local producers and support the category in highlighting the leading styles. 

The zero-alcohol wine market is experiencing incredible growth both here and abroad. In the last few years alone there has been a massive shift in the way Australians are drinking towards lower and zero alcohol wines with new wine producers and brands coming on to the market every day.”

The low-to-no alcohol category will be a vital component for the future of the Australian wine industry, and we want to support it by rewarding the talented producers and winemakers who are kicking some serious goals in this new category and champion the cream of the crop. It’s going to be exciting to see how Australian and New Zealand winemakers are performing and evolving in this space but equally for our judges to re-calibrate our palates across this rapidly growing category.”

The Winepilot Zero-Alcohol Wine Show includes a panel of experienced judges including Chairman and leading winemaker, PJ Charteris, winemaking consultant Mike DeGaris, Solotel Group Beverage Manager Annette Lacey MW, Group Wine Ambassador Matt Dunne, renowned wine writer and judge Tony Love and Winepilot Founder and Publisher Angus Hughson.

A key focus for judges will be drinkability and flavour while also identifying the best wines with wide appeal for engaged zero-alcohol consumers and the wine drinking public at large – the zero-alcohol wine category itself aims for inclusivity and ongoing innovation.

Winepilot Zero-Alcohol Wine Show Chairman and leading winemaker, PJ Charteris, says the new awards show will further highlight the ever-evolving wine industry, “I’m very interested to see how this part of the wine industry is evolving. After a 5000 plus year relationship between humans and wine, things are suddenly in a state of extreme flux.

PJ Charertis

“With modern wine processing techniques and an ever-changing consumer interface, it will be interesting to see how winemakers are using tradition and technology to not only create a different category but where they are on the quality and stylistic curve. The question I hope to understand is ‘Is this Fad or Future?‘”

Judging will be held at Kittyhawk in Sydney on Wednesday May 18 with results announced the following month on Wednesday 15 June at an invitation only event at Kittyhawk in Sydney hosted by Plus & Minus Wines.

For further information and submission details, please visit: https://winepilot.com/winepilot-zero-alcohol-wine-show/

Key Dates:

  • Entries Close: Friday April 29
  • Submission Delivery: On or before Wednesday May 11
  • Judging Date: Wednesday May 18
  • Results Released and Awards Night: June 15

Submission Guidelines:

  • Maximum of 3 entries per brand
  • Two bottles per submission
  • Wines can only be submitted into a single class – Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Chillable Red and Red Wine
  • Wines must be fully labelled for sale and available to purchase on the day of judging – May 18
  • Submission Spreadsheets can be downloaded here and emailed to hello@winepilot.com
  • Companies submitting multiple brands can include these on a single spreadsheet
  • Cost of entry is $100 per submission