FORMER Australian Winemaker of the Year Sue Bell will lead the judging panel at the 2017 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show.
An acclaimed artisan winemaker from Coonawarra and in-demand judge at wine shows across Australia, Ms Bell has previously been deputy chair of the judging panel.
More than 220 wines have been entered for the fifth annual show.
Wines will compete across classes for the Heathcote wine region’s flagship shiraz variety, white wines and the new Mediterranean varieties.
Heathcote Winegrowers’ Association president Gary Harbor said the show had established itself as one of Victoria’s key regional wine shows.
“For the first time this year, the best wine from our show will go on to the Victorian Wine Show in a new category to promote the top wines from shows conducted in the regions,” he said.
“It’s an added incentive for our members who have entered along with wineries based in other areas sourcing grapes from our region.”
The major trophy on offer is the Heathcote Grand Terroir, judged on a nominated wine of several vintages from the same winery.
Judging takes place at the Heathcote RSL Hall on August 3, with a special exhibitor tasting and presentation of trophies and awards on August 4.