Ms Faulkner, a wine journalist and Australian Alternative Varieties’ Wine Show chief judge, chairs the panel which this year includes Bests Great Western winemaker and Oakdene Wines’ winemaker Steven Paul, from the Bellarine Peninsula.
Associate judges are Gapsted Wines’ winemaker Blair Jensen and Ringer Reef winemaker Julie Holm.
Mr Freudenstein said wines in the show were divided into 25 classes, with alternative varieties making up the biggest classes, followed by shiraz.
He said the divisions were indicative of the North East’s pursuit of traditional and alternative varieties.
The challenge judging, which was held in Ablett Pavilion at McNamara Reserve, was followed late yesterday by a trophy presentation and a public tasting.
Beechworth Vignerons’ Association’s spring tasting, which is open to the wine trade in the morning and public in the afternoon, will be held in Beechworth Servicemen’s Memorial Hall on November 18.