Covid-19 has thrown the Australian wine show circuit into turmoil with many shows cancelled over the past 18 or so months.
One show that went ahead last year was the Hunter Valley Wine Show and despite the current Sydney lockdown, the show will go on again this year.
Fingers crossed, of course.
The Hunter Valley Wine Show will again be held at the School of Infantry in Singleton with judging planned for Monday 16 August.
Given that all NSW regional cellar doors are able to trade and welcome visitors from areas not in lockdown, the show committee decided to proceed with the show.
The chair is PJ Charteris and judges will be drawn from NSW regional areas that are not subject to restrictions.
“While very mindful of the Covid-19 challenges, the committee believe we can run a safe show compliant with NSW Heath regulations and advice,” secretary Abby Burden says.
“Participant safety is at the forefront, so unfortunately we will not be able to run the exhibitors tasting this year.
“In addition, the number of judges, stewards and other personnel involved in this year’s show will be reduced.
“Clearly the situation is fluid and we will continue to monitor it.
“We will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a safe and compliant show, including postponing to a later date if needed.”
The Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled but organisers are still hoping to hold the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.
The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards were cancelled last year and the there was no Jimmy Watson Trophy awarded.
The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is going ahead at this stage.
Photograph: Chris Elfes.