Public Tasting

Thanks again to Joe Vella Insurance Brokers for Sponsoring this years Wine Awards and Public Tasting!

The focus of the show is not only to award Trophies and Medals to exceptional wines but also to promote the show in the local wine market and assist wineries with exposure in the region. After judging has finished the public are invited to attend our annual public tasting held at the Showgrounds.

2019 Public Tasting - Strictly Over 18's Event          

When: 15th June 2019

Where: De Jarlais Function Centre, Cairns Showgrounds

Times: 3pm till 6pm

Tickets on Sale: 7th May 2019 @ 9.00am online


  • Pre sold single: $40pp
  • Groups of 10:    $35pp
  • Members:          $30pp

What to Expect       

Expect more than 900 wines across various styles from Sparkling to Fortified. Upon entry each patron will receive a free Souvenir glass to keep and a Results Catalogue with details of medal winning wines to help you pick out your favourites. Each patron will also have the chance to enter to win our lucky door prizes as well as attend the Free Wine Appreciation course held throughout the day. Whilst you swirl, smell and taste your way through the many wines on offer be sure to also visit our exhibitor's sites for some extra tasty treats. Cheeses, dips, breads and olives to cleanse the palate between tasting will be available as well as a cash bar for soft drinks.

Wine Appreciation Courses

Wine appreciation courses are a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight in to how to understand wines. This year's appreciation courses will be run by Panel Chair Judge Hamish Seabrook, Chief Winemaker  and CEO for Seabrook Wines.nHamish is no newcomer to the Australian Wine Industry with vast experience and knowledge in a range of positions and regions in both Australia and overseas. He has held the role as Senior Winemaker/Winery, Manager at Brown Brothers, Milawa and Winemaker at Bests, Great Western. As a youngster growing up in the Barossa Valley, Hamish was always around wine and with a family history that dates back to 1878, it was inevitable that his future would too be in the wine industry.

Wine Appreciation courses will run at approximately 4pm and 5pm but will announce session times closer to the event and are announced at the event Each session runs for approx 20mins. This is a valuable course and gives a fantastic overview of what to look for in wine.



Public Tasting

15th of June 2019

After judging has finished the public are invited to attend our annual public tasting.