History of the Cairns Show Wine Awards


The inaugural Cairns Show Wine Awards presented by the Cairns Agricultural, Pastoral and Mining Association took place in 1992 and they have been held continually since that date. The Cairns Show Wine Awards charter is to coordinate and stage the traditional and innovative annual Wine Awards, showcasing the very best Queensland, Australian and New Zealand wines. This is achieved through the help of our large membership, volunteer committee, Wine Awards competitors and our outstanding sponsors.

The Cairns Show Wine Awards is conducted by the Cairns Show Association which is a privately funded, membership based, not-for-profit organisation.

The Event

The Cairns Show Wine Awards has become a feature on the Australian Wine Industry Calendar in June each year. The 2024 Wine Awards will be held  from Wednesday 19th June - Saturday 22nd June. The Awards, which focus attention on wine style, appropriate foods, and wine quality, are especially important in the far north of Australia with its strong tourism and hospitability industry.

The Awards are held as part of the lead up to the Cairns Show. Public tasting of award winning wines will be promoted largely through electronic and print media and wine appreciation groups in the area. The Awards uphold rigorous judging expertise, but are brought to the public in an educational way.

At the time of the Wine Awards, the wine must be readily available for sale to the general public in Australia so that the public can be assured that the wines judged and possibly awarded medals are the same as they'll find on bottle shop shelves.

First held in 1992, the Show prides itself on its innovations and conforms to Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology protocols governing quality assurance of the judging and stewarding processes. Under this system continuous improvements are made to the wine show process.