European expert to critique Australia's best ciders

Eduardo Vázquez Coto to be guest judge at the 2017 Australian Cider Awards

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An authority on Spanish and French cider will bring a new perspective to the fore at this year’s national cider show.

Cider Australia President Sam Reid today announced that internationally respected cider writer, trader and judge Eduardo Vázquez Coto will be guest judge at the 2017 Australian Cider Awards.

“We have scouted the globe in our efforts to ensure the Awards is at the forefront of international developments and trends”, said Mr Reid.

Mr Coto hails from the Asturias region of northern Spain and lives in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Eduardo has an extensive knowledge of Spanish and German ciders, and with his strong interests in European cider markets was a logical choice for us after hosting experts from the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand”, said Mr Reid.

Mr Coto will travel to Australia for the judging in late September and then visit major cider regions in Tasmania, Victoria and neighbouring states where he will immerse himself in Australian cider.

“I am very excited at this chance to visit Australia and learn more about the Australian cider industry”, Mr Coto said.

The independent panel of judges will be chaired by Behn Payten of Payten & Jones Wines and include members with significant experience in judging at shows around Australia and overseas.

Entries to the 2017 Australian Cider Awards open on 1 June.

Award winners will be announced at a gala industry dinner in Melbourne on 27 October 2017.

Further information on the Awards can be found at



  • Sydney (NSW)

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