Major Awards

A number of prestigious trophies are presented in the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, including the country's best known individual wine award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy.

JIMMY WATSON MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR BEST YOUNG RED WINE 

The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy recognises Jimmy’s contribution to the advancement of the Australian wine industry. The trophy is presented to the Best Young Red Wine of the 2016 or 2017 vintage classes. 

250 dozen finished bottled stock must be held at the time of delivery. 

JAMES HALLIDAY TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR

The James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir recognises Halliday’s lifelong contribution to the Australian wine industry and world class Pinot Noir production. 

TREVOR MAST TROPHY FOR BEST SHIRAZ

Honouring a legend of the Victorian wine industry, the Trevor Mast Trophy recognises Trevor’s lifetime contribution to the Australian wine industry and in particular his visionary cool-climate Shiraz at Victoria’s Mount Langi Vineyards. 

FRANCOIS DE CASTELLA TROPHY FOR BEST YOUNG WHITE WINE

Named for pioneering Victorian viticulturist and winemaker, the Francois de Castella Trophy is awarded to the Best Young Wine from the 2017 and 2018 vintages. 

VICTORIAN TROPHY FOR WHITE WINES OF PROVENANCE 

Awarded to the veteran winemaker who shows consistency and excellence across 10 years of production. 

VICTORIAN TROPHY FOR RED WINES OF PROVENANCE

Awarded to the veteran winemaker who shows consistency and excellence across 10 years of production. 

DOUGLAS SEABROOK SINGLE VINEYARD TROPHY

Awarded to the best exhibit from an individually named continued vineyard, the name of which must appear on the commercial label of wine. The wine must be made from not less than 95% grapes grown on the named vineyard.

BILL CHAMBERS TROPHY FOR BEST FORTIFIED WINE 

In recognition of his service to the RMWA as Chair of Judges for 25 years and for his contribution to Victoria as a fortified winemaker, the Bill Chambers Trophy recognises the best fortified wine. 

KYM LUDVIGSEN TROPHY FOR VITICULTURAL EXCELLENCE

Recognises excellence in viticulture and goes to the grower or team behind the grapes that produced the Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy-winning wine.