RASV first introduced the Royal Melbourne Wine Show in 1884 and in its first year there were just 13 entries. Since then, the competition has grown rapidly, now receiving more than 3,200 entries each year.

Many vineyards have a long history of exhibition in the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Chateau Tahbilk and Bernard Gehrig of Barnawartha were wine exhibitors in the 1892. The owners of the Yeringberg Winery, Yarra Valley, also appear as an exhibitor in records from the 1890s. 

The RMWA boasts the country’s best known individual wine award - the J.C Watson Memorial Trophy for the best one or two year old red wine. The ‘Jimmy’ is named after the much-loved Carlton wine merchant and wine bar owner. 

The Francois de Castella Trophy for best young white wine commemorates the life and work of the Victorian Government viticulturist Francois de Castella (1867 - 1953). 

The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy honours three generations of Seabrooks who were wine merchants and chairmen of wine judges at RASV. 

Other leading judges of the RMWA over the years include the legendary William Wright Senior, Rutherglen wine legend Bill Chambers and Yarra Valley winemakers Steve Webber and David Bicknell. 

The RMWA is recognised both within the industry and by the general public as one of Australia’s most prestigious wine shows. It brings together the very best Australian wine makers and producers and is renowned as a benchmark of excellence in wine production.