Australian Gin Awards 2024

All craft gin distillers based in Australia and New Zealand are invited to enter.

Welcome to season seven of the 2024 Australian Gin Awards and the AGDA Gin Packaging Competition.

This year we are announcing a major prize for the Best In Show winner. A $2000 festival stand is available at the St Kilda Gin Festival 13-15 September as a major showcase for the winning gin. More information on this and additional exposure for Best in Class winners will follow.

We are pleased to announce that Mikey Enright will be returning as the Chairman of the Awards.

Welcome also to Lindsay Silcox who has been appointed as the Awards Consultant and who will continue communicating our exciting new initiatives for 2024.

Chris Rose will again work as Chief Steward, managing the judging room.

We look forward to receiving your entries and to determining the eventual winners.

Kind regards and good luck to all.

Judith Kennedy AM
CEO Australian Gin Distillers Association Inc.

All entries close Thursday 20 June and must arrive at OzeWine no later than Monday 24 June.

Judith Kennedy AM

Mikey Enright
– Chairman

Lindsay Silcox
– Awards Consultant

Chris Rose
– Chief Steward

Australian Gin Awards Testimonials



Best in Show Winner 2021

“To win Best in Show was obviously super heartening.

Winning gives you a cut through with customers.

…for that benchmarking process as much as anything”



Best in Show Winner 2023

“Feed back from the judges helped us to the top and to stay on top.

I took on those comments and the following year our Navy Strength won Best in Show..

The coverage from our win was amazing and our sales went through the roof!”

2024 Judging Team

Lindsay Silcox

Gin Connoisseur

Mikey Enright

(Awards Chairman) Co Founder & Director Barrelhouse Group

Charles Casben

Owner/Manager, Moya’s Juniper Lounge

Ally Ayres

Owner / Distiller
Karu Distillery

Scott Fitzsimons

Manager, Top Shelf Group, Retail

Caoimhe Hanrahan-Lawrence

Journalist – The Shout, National Liquor News, Australian Hotelier, Bars & Clubs, Beer & Brewer, ALIA

George Grbich

New Zealand’s
wise man of gin

Andrew Howell

Gin Enthusiast,
The Gin Boutique

Alana House

Founder and Editor of Drinks Digest

Trophies and Medals

  • Best in Show Perpetual Trophy

  • Best in Class Trophies

  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates and medals
  • Best in State & Territory Medals, by Class

    56 new medals recognising the best each state and territory has to offer, e.g. Best Classic Gin NSW

All gins entered must be produced in Australia or New Zealand by producers holding an Excise Manufacturers License and must comply with the laws as set by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Code (FSANZ).

Class Criteria

Double entries: Please note that any gin may only be entered into one class. Give careful consideration when selecting your classes as gins judged to be entered into the wrong class cannot be provided with a score by our judges.

Should be produced using a clean base spirit with a neutral taste which allows the distilled flavours of the botanicals to come through. The gin should be juniper forward where all the botanicals are distilled either soaked in the neutral spirit inside the still or placed in a basket within the still or along the Lyne arm. The botanicals may be distilled individually or together in a single batch.

Must be bottled at a minimum ABV of 37.5% (37% for NZ entrants) and a maximum ABV of 50%.

(New age or new wave gins) – Juniper should still be discernible but flavours from other botanicals such as citrus, spice and floral notes are more prominent than in a London Dry Gin.

Must be bottled at a minimum ABV of 37.5% (37% for NZ entrants) and a maximum ABV of 50%. Contemporary Style Gin cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially.

(Barrel Aged Gin) – A distilled gin that has been matured in wooden barrels for any length of time. Juniper should still be discernible. Judges will be looking at the influence of the wood and barrel characteristics in balance with traditional gin flavours.

Must be bottled at a minimum ABV of 37.5% (37% for NZ entrants). Matured Gin cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially other than that obtained from the barrel itself.

A distilled gin product to replicate the historical style of “Old Tom” either botanically intense or botanically sweetened. Nowadays Old Tom is a very good gin quite often sweetened by the distillation of larger than normal amounts of liquorice or the like but not added after distillation. Juniper should still be discernible. Old Tom can also be sweetened with sugar and may be influenced by wood maturation. It is generally considered richer in flavour than London Dry Gin.

Must be bottled at a minimum ABV of 37.5% (37% for NZ entrants). Old Tom cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially.

A Distilled Gin bottled at a minimum of 50% ABV. Traditionally “Navy Gin” is bottled between 57% and 58% ABV. Juniper should still be discernible. This award recognises producers wishing to showcase their gin at a strength above 50% ABV..
These products are generally influenced by traditional Sloe Gins whereby a dry gin is macerated with fruit and then lightly sweetened. This category may include Sloe Gins and Sloe-Style Gins as well as similar alternatives. Minimum ABV of 25%.

These are products that intentionally focus on a flavour other than juniper. Whether achieved through distillation, maceration or some other means, gins in this category may not fit the conventional definitions or perceptions of ‘gin’. Can be coloured and/or sweetened. Minimum ABV of 20%. Juniper should still be aromatically present to warrant inclusion.



AGDA Gin Packaging Competition

Entering your gin? Why not enter your packaging at the same time for a chance to win an Australian Gin Distillers Association marketing package valued at $2000.

More details to be announced in June.

Entry Form

Australian Gin Awards: AU$180.00 per entry.
AGDA Gin Packaging Competition: AU$90.00 per entry. $30.00 each additional entry.

Awards & Feedback

2024 bottle stickers will be available for Trophy, Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as State & Territory winners.

Written judges comments and certificates for medal winners will be mailed out to all entries.

Delivery Label for all Gin and Packaging entries

Please send 2 sample bottles totalling a minimum of 1400mL of each Gin entry and 1 bottle of each Packaging entry to the following address to arrive no later than Monday 24 June 2024.

Download and attach the Sydney Direct Freight Label to your box/s.

OzeWine Services.

c/o Chris
Unit 10 / 81 Stephen Road, Botany NSW 2019
Telephone: 0424 061 972