International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is once again showcasing its commitment to fostering the local wine industry, this time as the presenting partner of the ICC Sydney New South Wales (NSW) Wine Awards taking place at the venue today.
The partnership with the NSW Wine Association will see the premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue host the awards for three years. ICC Sydney’s Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager, William Wilson was again one of the 16 expert judges who conducted a three-day blind tasting of nearly 900 wines, awarding 72 gold medals, with select labels now in the running for trophies at the award ceremony.
CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said his team is proud to support the NSW Wine Awards to carry on its legacy of helping raise the profile of NSW producers on the national and global stage.
“From the very beginning, ICC Sydney has been focussed on supporting regional communities, and this is reflected in our wine collection, which features 92% NSW-sourced labels. Our work with the NSW Wine Association is just another way we are strengthening our relationship with local producers, alongside building the presence of local winemakers and brands within our upcoming 2020 wine list.”
Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager at ICC Sydney, William Wilson said the calibre of NSW varietals continues to rival some of the best wines around Australia and across the world.
“NSW continues to go from strength to strength, with the awards further cementing the region’s position as a top contender within the national industry. Working with the NSW Wine Association, we’ve been able to recognise some of the incredible labels produced in our home state, which can then be served to more than 1.4 million guests who pass through our doors annually.”
NSW Wine President, Mark Bourne said ICC Sydney’s support and positive impact within the wine industry is setting an example for other venues to follow.
“ICC Sydney has set a new benchmark for supporting the local wine industry. Even before the venue opened they committed to delivering a positive impact for NSW winemakers. To be the presenting partner of the NSW Wine Awards demonstrates ICC Sydney’s deepening support and commitment to delivering tangible benefits for the NSW wine community.”