International Cool Climate Wine Show

Conditions of Entry & Regulations


  • The term “Cool Climate Wine” is difficult to define, Internationally.

  • The ICCWS will accept wines from those regions around the world where growers experience marginal ripening conditions at harvest however, for the purpose of this Show, the term “Cool Climate has been defined as wine coming from a vineyard where there is:


  1.        Heat degree days of 1600 or less (see below)

  2.        Cool nights in the growing season

  3.        Four distinct seasons

  4.        Large variation in daytime and nighttime temperatures

  5.        Cool autumns.


  • Heat degree-days are calculated by taking the mean temperature of the month, subtracting the value of 10 and multiplying by the number of days in the month. The mean temperature is calculated by taking the mean of the mean maximum and mean minimum daily temperatures. Seasonal degree days (or heat degree days) are the total for the seven months of the growing season, October - April in the southern hemisphere and April - October in the northern hemisphere.

  • Temperatures for the vineyard sight can either be gathered from the closest Bureau Of Meteorology Agricultural station or from your own vineyard provided you have continuous temperatures for the last 7 years.

  • Wines must be from a commercial bottling run of a minimum of 450 ltrs at the due time of delivery of competition entries.  Inspections of stock on hand may be made.  When stock on hand is below minimum amount, a sealed envelope detailing sales history must be supplied (Estates should contact the Committee of Management to clarify their eligibility as wines may be audited)



  • All entries must be paid for at the time of entering.  International payments must be in Australian dollars.


  • Entry fees are AUD$75 (incl. GST) per wine entered. Early-bird entries (Monday 20th January to Sunday 2nd February 2020) receive a 10% discount. Exhibitors entering 4 or more wines also receive a 10% discount. The discount is not applied twice if 4 or more wines are entered during the Early-bird phase.

  • Entries must be placed by midnight on the official closing date - 29th March 2020.

  • Entry labels must be placed on the bottles, by the entrant before sending.  Labels will be emailed from the entry system, to the entrant, and can be printed onto labels using a standard printer (a laser printer is preferred for printing wine entry labels IF possible).

  • Exhibits must be forwarded directly, with freight and duties fully paid, to the address provided in the Entry Confirmation email, in order to arrive by no later than Monday 4th May 2020.


  • No rebate of fees for withdrawn entries will be made.


  • There is no restriction on the number of classes a winemaker may enter, but a wine may not be entered in more than one class, nor may the same wine be entered in the one class under different brands.


  • You may be invited to supply additional bottles of wine for any combination of the following:

    • ​       Gold medal wines are specially featured at the Presentation Dinner

    •        Gold and trophy wines are chosen for the Master Class for sommeliers

    •        The decision to participate in any of these promotional activities is entirely yours. For those who                  choose to participate, the cost of the wine and freight will be the responsibility of the provider.


  • Exhibits will be judged on a standard show judging points system.


  • At least four (4) x 750ml bottles of wine are required for each entry. Commercial labels identifying brands and varieties are encouraged to be left on. If you use 350ml bottles, please notify the Secretariat and you will be required to send six (6) bottles per wine entry


  • After close of entries, no person will be permitted access to the exhibits except Judges, Stewards and the Event Management Team, until the awards have been made.


  • All exhibits become the property of the Committee.


  • The Society/Committee of Management has complete control of the Show and no Exhibitor shall have relief from any court arising from a decision by the Society/Committee of Management, its Event Management Team , or judges