MORE than 160 wines will go on show at the North East Victorian Wine Challenge in Myrtleford next week and the big winners will be the punters.
After two days of judging, next Tuesday and Wednesday, the doors will be thrown open to the public for their own tasting ahead of the awards presentation.
The wine challenge, in its fifth year, is a unique wine show for the five wine regions of the North East – Alpine Valleys, Beechworth, Rutherglen, Glenrowan and the King Valley.
Alpine Valleys Wine Region president Michael Freudenstein said it also provided great diversity.
“In some ways it is better than a capital city wine show because of the varietals on offer,” he said.
“This wine show provides an opportunity for winemakers from the five regions to showcase their wines and benchmark them against similar wines within a competitive environment.