About the Sommelier Wine Awards
‘Judged by the on-trade, for the on-trade...’
The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Focused entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade, since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the key competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers.
Not only are wines that sell in the High Street supermarkets not permitted to enter*, but all of the judges are members of the on-trade, too. The tasting panel for the Sommelier Wine Awards reads like a Who’s Who of the UK hotel, restaurant and sommelier scene.
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What do the tasters look for?
Because the tasters are sommeliers, during judging they are looking for wines with balance, personality, versatility, food-friendliness and value
for money. If you think that your wine has these characteristics, and you want to tell the UK on-trade about it, then this is the competition for you!
What are the awards?
As well as Bronze and Silver medals, the Sommelier Wine Awards also awards the best wines a place on its coveted Gold List.
This is, essentially, the best wines that are entered into the competition, gathered together to form what you might call an ultimate wine list, covering everything from good value House Wines to top wines from the likes of Burgundy and Tuscany, from wine list essentials like Pinot Grigio to more esoteric offerings from Madeira or Greece, straight varietal wines and more unusual blended ones.
To find out more about individual Categories, click here.
Are there extra awards?
As well as places on the Gold List and Silver and Bronze medals, a limited number of wines are given extra awards. Those that are regarded as the best value, most versatile wines can receive a By the Glass award.
Especially food friendly wines are selected to be tasted with classic restaurant dishes, with the winners receiving prestigious Food Match awards.
Plus, sommeliers being sommeliers, our tasters are always on the look-out for something that they think is extra special. The wines that really stand-out during the competition are awarded Critics' Choice awards.
A selection of these wines are retasted by visitors to Imbibe Live show in London. Those judged the best of the best receive the ultimate accolade of Wine of the Year.
* Excluding sparkling and fortified wines, which may have a presence in the mass-market off-trade
How much does it cost?
Each wine entered costs £90 +VAT.
How can I enter?
See our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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Contact the Sommelier Wine Awards team firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, call Chloé Kingham or Ed Warr on +44 (0)20 7840 6268
If you would like to join our judging panels, please email email@example.com