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About the awards

The World Madeira Awards are the new global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognised styles of fortified wine. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Madeira Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best fortified wines to consumers and trade across the globe.

Taste categories

Seleccionado
Finest, Choice, or Select 3 years old but below five years of age.
Rainwater
At least 3 years old.
Colheita
From a single year, aged continuously in wooden casks for at least 5 years.

Dry

Medium Dry

Medium Sweet

Sweet

Reserve
Aged a minimum of 5 years.

Dry

Medium Dry

Medium Sweet

Sweet

Old Reserve
Special Reserve or Very Old, 10 years or over.

Dry

Medium Dry

Medium Sweet

Sweet

Extra Reserve
15 years or older

Dry

Medium Dry

Medium Sweet

Sweet

Vintage
Frasqueira, 20 years or older

Dry

Medium Dry

Medium Sweet

Sweet

Vintage

From the grapes of a Declared Vintage Year.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)

Has remained in vat for between four and six years before bottling.

Filtered or unfiltered

Single Quinta Vintage

Produced from wines from a single estate.

Design categories

1 |Label design
This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
2 |Presentation
This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
3 |Travel retail exclusive
Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
4 |Limited edition
This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
5 |Redesign / relaunch
This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 20i6. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
6 |New launch
Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
7 |Brand design
This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.

The judging process

TASTE

The taste judging is held in three rounds.

Round 1
Each madeira is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners . Judges making up the World Madeira Awards panel include leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

Rounds 2
Style winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ Madeira in each category.

Round 3
The ‘Best’ Madeira in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best Madeira. Judges at this stage include those in Round 1 and 2 to whom are added a panel of leading distillers and experts from the madeira industry.

DESIGN
All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

Shipping

Please send 6 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Procurus to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Madeira Awards entrants. You can now book your shipments in online and they do the rest.

For only £55.00 per entry this will include all transportation, administration and all duty costs applicable. You only have to enter and pack, they will do the rest. Have you registered your entries already? Login to your account to book your shipment now.

If you wish to ship your entries yourself, please send them to the address supplied in your account. If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Madeira Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.

The address is as follows:

World Madeira Awards
FAO: Asia Santos Magalhães
Luís Simões Logística Integrada
Pólo 2 (Gatões/Guifões) da Plataforma
Logistica do Porto de Leixões
Concelho de Matosinhos
Portugal

For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact Anita Ujszaszi.

Rates

Entry fees

 1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
Sterling
Taste & Design£235 + VAT each£225 + VAT each£215 + VAT each£205 + VAT each
Design£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each£145 + VAT each
Taste or Design£160 + VAT each£155 + VAT each£150 + VAT each£145 + VAT each
Euro
Taste & Design€305 each€295 each€285 each€275 each
Design€205 + VAT each€200 + VAT each€195 + VAT each€190 + VAT each
Taste or Design€205 each€200 each€195 each€190 each
USD
Taste & Design$395 each$380 each$365 each$350 each
Design$270 + VAT each$260 + VAT each$250 + VAT each$240 + VAT each
Taste or Design$270 each$260 each$250 each$240 each
Canadian Dollar
Taste & Design$430 each$415 each$400 each
Design$305 + VAT each$295 + VAT each$285 + VAT each$275 + VAT each
Taste or Design$305 each$295 each$285 each$275 each

Terms & conditions

  • All entry forms and products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the closing date listed.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Any entry form which arrives incomplete, late or illegible and any product which is late or damaged may be deemed invalid.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the due date or disqualified, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be retained by the Organiser.
  • If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, the World Fortified Wine Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £10.00 administration fee.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.
  • Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
  • Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand
  • Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds going to charity.

    FAQs

    Q: How many bottles should I send?
    A: If entered for taste or taste & design, please send 6 bottles. If entered only in design, please send 2 only.

    Q: Where should I send my bottles to?
    A: You can use our dedicated shipper Procurus. To book your shipments follow the link on your profile page. Or, if you wish to ship the entries yourself, please send them to

    World Madeira Awards
    FAO: Asia Santos Magalhães
    Luís Simões Logística Integrada
    Pólo 2 (Gatões/Guifões) da Plataforma
    Logistica do Porto de Leixões
    Concelho de Matosinhos
    Portugal
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