Winemaker Challenge Award Categories
Judges, tasting blind, will award Silver medals to wines that exhibit above average character for the wine type and place of origin. A Gold medal (90 to 93 points) will be awarded to wines that possess an added dimension or profound characteristics that are recognized by two or more of the judges on a panel. Platinum award winners (94 to 100 points) are wines deemed to be contenders for "Best of" category or Best of Show.
The Competition Director may, at his discretion, recognize outstanding performances by a winery or importer following tabulation of all results. Awards will be announced at www.WinemakerChallenge.com and winners will be notified by U.S. mail.
Entering Winemaker Challenge
The best way to enter is online. If you enter online it is not necessary to complete the paper entry form.
A complete wine competition entry is comprised of three (3) bottles. Grape varieties, residual sugar, appellation, vineyard designation, proprietary names, retail price and alcohol level must be given for each entry.
Please fill out the wine competition entry form completely and accurately. The winery's telephone number, email address and contact person are important. Winners will be notified shortly after the end of the Competition by regular U.S. mail.
Wines entered in the wrong category will be moved to the correct category by the Competition Director.
Enter the wine's name as it appears on the label. The wine's label will determine how the wine is identified to consumers and industry when awards are announced. Please type or print carefully so your award certificates will be correct.
$85 per wine entered and paid by Early Bird entry deadline of March 1, 2024
$100 per wine entered after the Early Bird deadline.
If you choose to enter using a paper form, it can be sent by mail or email. Fees are due at time of entry.
Make checks payable to Winemaker Challenge. Payment can also be made by Visa, Master Card and American Express. Charges will appear on credit card statement as "Wine Cellar Productions."
Enter Online: Click Here
Enter by email: WinemakerChallenge@yahoo.com
Enter by mail:
315 16th Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA. 92101-7605
Early Bird Entry Deadline: March 3, 2023
Final Entry Deadline: April 7, 2023
Product Deadline: April 7, 2023
Ship Wines to:
315 16th Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92101-7605
Deliveries accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 2pm.
Shipping early gives us more time to process the wine, resolve any issues or shipping errors, and gives the wine time to recover from traveling. Ship wine only to the 16th Street address above to assure it is received and handled properly. Please Note: This location does not have a loading dock. If you ship your wine on a pallet, please specify that your shipper use a truck with a lift gate.
If you have any questions about entering the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, feel free to contact Competition Director Rich Cook at 760-522-3167 or WinemakerChallenge@yahoo.com.
Entering international wines? If you need import assistance, click here for help with international entries.