Registrations are now open for the 14th annual Young Gun of Wine (YGOW), designed to celebrate and showcase both young wine labels and winemakers on the rise.
Open to those making all forms of wine, from the experimental to the traditional, whether under their own label or employed by a wine company, head of the YGOW tasting panel, Nick Stock, is calling for a diversity of participants: “The rising tide of interest, capability, ambition and quality in Australia’s emerging winemaking circles is what we are looking to bring together. It’s a gathering of many tribes. It forms and galvanises friendships and ideas. It’s empowering as much as it is a very good time.”
We want to see faces we’ve seen before, too.
YGOW is as much about creating a movement around wine, as it is about singling out individual producers. We've been hellbent on building exciting culture around wine for 14 years now, and to do that, we need winemakers to get involved.
As Damon Koerner echoes: “For me, the greatest beneﬁt of participating in YGOW has been the people I have met and friends I have made. The events bring together the best emerging winemakers and young labels from all over the country. The more we interact and talk about what we are doing, the better we will all get, which will only improve the status of the Australian wine industry, and beneﬁt all of us in the long run.”
It’s an opportunity for winemakers to get out of their regions and promote to consumers and trade (in each city there’s both a public event and a trade event on oﬀer for winemakers), as well as develop relationships with fellow winemakers from around Australia.
If the trophies are your thing, then we say, “You need to be in it to win it!” The 2019 YGOW entered four times before walking away with a trophy. There are ﬁve winemaker trophies up for grabs: the BEST NEW ACT, PEOPLE’S CHOICE, WINEMAKER’S CHOICE, YOUNG GUN OF WINE and the First Drop DANGER ZONE (which goes to the most adventurous wine).
Damon will join the YGOW tasting panel in 2020. He knows what you’re going through.
Early bird registrations for the 2020 YGOW are now open, with ﬁrst choice of event options, until August 16.
For more details, please see: younggunofwine.com/registrations
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