The Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards has been created by the Riverina Winemakers Association to focus specifically on the development of Australian wines from Italian varieties. The awards have a natural link with the Riverina, as the region’s agricultural foundations were underpinned by the strong Italian migrant population, right back to the early 1900s.
- Chair of Judges: Sophie Otton, Wine Journalist, Consultant, Sommelier
- Senior Judges: Sue Hodder, Senior Winemaker, Wynn’s Coonawarra
- Lucy Clements: Head of Sourcing, Coles Liquor Group
- Specialist Judge: Mark Protheroe, Group Head Sommelier, Grossi Restaurant Group