American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition


The American Wine Society competition for commercial wine, which now includes spirits, has been held annually since the 1986 National Conference. Today the competition requires year-long preparation, dedicated volunteers, and a refined system of computers and human resources to handle operational details. To cover costs of the program, which includes college-level wine research scholarships administered through the AWS Educational Foundation, participating wineries are charged an entry fee. Judges are selected from a broad spectrum of wine industry professionals, including marketers, writers and wine makers. A significant number of judges for each competition are also chosen from among graduates of the AWS’s own rigorous and well regarded Wine Judge Certification Program. All wines are judged blind and by panel consensus. Winning wines receive AWS medals, posting on the AWS website and publicity in AWS publications. Best of Class award winners are recognized in both popular and trade media. All wines entered are offered to attendees immediately following the competition during the National Conference and top award winners are featured. Attendees are avid and knowledgeable wine consumers, making the Conference an ideal marketing opportunity. Year long, entered wines are poured at other AWS, wine consumer and trade events.

Competition Name

American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition

Competition Date

Early November




Portland, OR


View Competition Website

Dates & Fees

Competition Date

Early November

Wine Submission

Deadline September 30

Contact Details


American Wine Society


Harvey Reissig



Send email





179 Dwyer Drive
Geneva, NY, 14456

Competition Details

Entry Requirements

The competition is open to all wineries, distributors and importers. Each winery is limited to 24 entries.

Judge Information

The judging panels are made up of American Wine Society certified judges and industry professionals.

Skip to toolbar