21st Canberra International Riesling Challenge Postponed

Posted 24 April 2020 4:46pm

Media Release

24 April 2020
21st Canberra International Riesling Challenge Postponed
The Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) has been postponed from the planned October 2020 to 11-16 October 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-10 pandemic.
Founded in 2000, the Canberra International Riesling Challenge is the largest single varietal wine show in the Southern Hemisphere usually attracting over 500 entries from 6 -10 countries, and is one of the major Riesling events in the world.
Each year the Challenge welcomes several international judges, receives up to 30% of entries from major Riesling producing regions from around the world, and holds a number of significant public events as part of the Challenge.
“The Challenge Committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone the 21st Canberra International Riesling Challenge from 2020 until October 2021” said the Challenge Chairman, James Service.
“We have taken into consideration the current restrictions on international air travel and the need to protect our staff, volunteers and participants from possible infection associated with handling wines and managing and attending public events.

“The Committee is committed to following all restrictions and directions of Government including the current social distancing and gathering restrictions and given the unknown period of such restrictions we cannot not proceed in 2020”, Mr Service said.
“The Canberra International Riesling Challenge Committee greatly appreciate the support we receive for our sponsors, judges, stewards and other volunteers, Riesling producers and Riesling lovers who have supported the Challenge since its inception”.
“We are confident that the Challenge will be able to return in 2021 to continue to promote excellence in Riesling and the appreciation of Riesling by wine lovers” Mr Service concluded.


Arrangements for 2021

Entries Open 1 June 2021
Entries Close 31 July 2021

Wines received Canberra 20-24 September 2021

Award Judging 11-13 October 2021 - Albert Hall, Yarralumla
Trophy Judging 14 October 2021

Riedel Riesling Masterclass 14 October 2021 -  Hotel Realm, Barton

Awards Ceremony 15 October 2021 -  Hotel Realm, Barton

Realm Riesling Dinner 15 October 2021 -  Buvette Restaurant,  Hotel Realm, Barton

Riesling Experience 16 October 2021 - Albert Hall, Yarralumla

Riedel Riesling Masterclass
 Hidden Gems
Rieslings from Alsace and Central Otago

Presenters -  Anne Krebiehl MW and Cameron Douglas MS



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