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.
Important information to remember
Online entry deadline: January 2014
Bottle submission Date: January 2014
Final payments to be made by: February 2014
For more infomation See our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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Sommelier Wine Awards 2013
Full 2013 Results
SWA 2013 Virtual Guide
Please note: We believe our facts are correct at the time of going to press. Prices quoted are as supplied by entry submitters.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2012
Contact the Sommelier Wine Awards team email@example.com
Alternatively, call Chloé Kingham or Ed Warr on +44 (0)20 7840 5249
If you would like to join our judging panels, please email firstname.lastname@example.org