Australian Pinot Noir Challenge

Tue 9th Nov 2021 > Wed 10th Nov 2021

The APNC aims to showcase the depth and breadth of Australian Pinot Noir regions, sites and styles - and recognise the country’s best examples.   The Challenge is judged according to ASVO standards and the judging panel score on a 100-point scale, with the highest pointed wine from each region (of gold medal standard, 95 points or higher) eligible for the overall champion Australian Pinot Noir Challenge Trophy.


Chairman Lindsay McCall explains, "The Australian Pinot Noir Challenge is owned by all Pinot Noir producers; it is valuable recognition of the variety and a brilliant chance to showcase wines from across Australia. To have a range of regions share ideas and work together highlights the wine industry's collegiate spirit."


Entry for the 2021 Challenge open via Showrunner on Monday 13 September, full Schedule here.



The 2020 Pinot Noir Challenge was postponed due to Coronavirus restrictions.


2019 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge Trophy - Tertini Tasmania Pinot Noir


Judging took place on 18-19 November 2019 at Pt. Leo Estate

Presentation Dinner held at Cumulus Inc on Thursday 21 November 2019.


Other regional Top Gold wines:

  • Mornington Peninsula Trophy: Handpicked - 2018 Collection Pinot Noir
  • Yarra Valley Trophy: Giant Steps - 2018 Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Geelong Trophy: Clyde Park - 2018 Block F College Pinot Noir
  • Gippsland Trophy: Dirty Three - 2018 Dirty Three Holgates Road Pinot Noir
  • Tasmania Trophy: Tertini - 2018 Tasmania Pinot Noir 
  • New South Wales: no trophy awarded
  • South Australia: no trophy awarded