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Berliner Wine Trophy - World's Largest OIV Wine Competition

Since the patronage of the OIV in 2004, the Berliner Wine Trophy has become the world’s largest wine competition and Germany’s most important international wine challenge under the patronage of the OIV and the UIOE. BWT brings well-known producers and distributors from around the world together every year, and the number of samples submitted is steadily growing with almost 14,000 entries yearly (Winter and Summer edition).

Tasting:

18 – 28 February 2021

Instructions:

Registration deadline:

20  January 2021

Fee per wine:

Delivery deadline:

22  January 2021

Patronage:

DWM - Berliner Wein Trophy Medal - World's Largest OIV Wine Competition
87
International Judges
9816 +
Submitted Wines

in 2019

1
Entrant Countries

Top 10 advantages of our wine challenge

There are few wine contests worldwide that offer so many guarantees and services for each submitted wine. In our opinion, success lies in two words: added value. Nowadays it’s not enough just awarding a medal; We offer a complete offline and online marketing package to help promote the award-winning wines:
► Free medal in digital format in order to promote your award-winning wines.
► The winners will be featured on our website (with several thousand visits per month), in an exclusive area.
► Masked and cropped HD-photos of all the wines registered, available at your user account.
► The award-winning wines are promoted actively and passively, via social networks.
► The results are sent to the members of the jury with the aim of linking wine buyers and wine producers.
► We work hand in hand with our partners to highlight the winners against the competition.
► Presence of the winners in important fairs such as ProWein, thanks to the delivery of diplomas.
► High quality DIN-A3 size diplomas, with a gold (or silver) laminated medal, for all winners.
► Many important online platforms offer “packages” and “sets” using our medals as a commercial hook.
► The winning wines are present in our events in Asia, aimed at professionals in the sector.
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International Organisation Vine and Wine

International Union of Oenologists

World Federation of International Wine Competitions

We face this challenge together

As in all areas worldwide, we too must adapt to the current situation. We must all face up to these challenges so that we do not endanger the health of individuals, but also so that we do not lose sight of the future of our companies.

We want to run the Berliner Wine Trophy because we have been asked to do so by many of our customers. Especially in these times, for most of them, it is important to be present on the market.
Additional measures

For us, the task was therefore to harmonise the legal requirements with the guidelines of the OIV, the UIOE, and VinoFed. And this to such a degree that the Berliner Wine Trophy will take place at the high-quality level that you are accustomed to as a submitter and as a jury member.

We have therefore decided to carry out our wine challenge taking into account the following measures:

• The tasting will take place from 18 to 28 February, 2 slots of 4 days each will be established
• Per slot there will be a maximum of 18 jury groups on an area of almost 1,500 sqm, so that sufficient distance can be kept
• The jurors and thus the jury groups will alternate after each slot. It could happen that individual examiners were present at several slots
• The results will be evaluated and published only at the end of the tasting, according to the regulations of the OIV and the UIOE.
• In addition to all the new measures, the standards of the Berliner Wine Trophy will, of course, remain unchanged and will, as always, be strictly monitored by multiple authorities (OIV, UIOE, VinoFed, Notary)

The tasting process will be streamlined by these measures, but its quality is in no way compromised. We are all delighted to be able to present the Berliner Wine Trophy to you in this particular way and look forward to presenting the wines to the expert jury. 

New standards in the wine scene

This past year, the Berliner Wine Trophy has set once again new standards with over 13,600 wine samples submitted. Due to the limited contingent of places, many submissions could not be accepted by the end of the registration period. In the last Winter Edition, almost 2,000 participants from 40 countries have registered their products. Also, submitters from countries with little tradition of viticulture are among the participants, which demonstrates the high international reputation of the Berliner Wine Trophy.

In cooperation with the corresponding committees, the maximum number of submissions for the Berliner Wine Trophy has been limited to 7,000 per event. Unfortunately, if this self-imposed limit was exceeded, as on previous occasions, we will have to close the registration period before the established deadline.

For us, DWM – Deutsche Wein Marketing, this limitation is a logical step in the quality approach with which we operate and that we implement in all areas of work. With the patronage of the OIV and the UIOE (and the strict controls that this entails), with the notarial supervision, the oenological analyzes of the awarded wines, and much more, we and all the members of the jury are ready to give the submitted products all the appreciation they deserve.

At the same time, this measure prevents an inflationary increase of award-winning wines with the Berliner Wine Trophy medal. It has always been something special to receive this award, and it should remain so. Therefore, participants should not wait until the last moment but submit the wines as soon as possible.

Tasting the wines

For several days, the wines will be tasted by an independent panel of experts consisting of oenologists, sommeliers, masters of wine, experienced traders, winegrowers, journalists, etc. The products will be rated according to the regulations and guidelines of OIV and UIOE, using the 100-point score system (blind tasting). That includes categories such as red wine, white wine, rosé wine, rotling, vinho verde, sparkling wine (champagne, cava, prosecco, sekt, espumante, etc.), liquor / fortified wine (port, madeira, sherry, málaga, marsala, etc.)

Quality is the most important element for us. Berliner Wine Trophy was the first in the scene to introduce, among other things, oenological analyses of awarded wines and notarial supervision. Unlike other wine contests, only 30% of the tasted products can be awarded (according to OIV rules). That means only the best products have the honour of receiving a Berliner Wine Trophy medal.

Berliner Wine Trophy - Special Awards

The Special Awards are only awarded in the Winter Edition of Berliner Wine Trophy. In order for the results of the Summer Edition to take effect in the rating of Special Awards, the medals of the awarded products in the Summer Trophy will be included in next year’s Special Award evaluation. If a wine wins a medal in both Wine Trophies (Summer Edition and next year’s Winter Edition), only the one of higher value will be taken into consideration for the evaluation of Special Awards.

Categories and Requirements

Below you will find the main categories and conditions that apply to Special Awards:

• Best Producer “still wine” in a country:
– at least 3 gold medals

• Best Producer “sparkling wine” in a country:
– at least 3 gold medals

• Best Cooperative in a country:
– at least 5 gold medals

• Best Importer in a country:
– at least 6 gold medals from 3 different producers

• Best Importer of Berliner Wein Trophy:
– at least 12 gold medals from at least 6 different countries 8 different producers

• Best Specialist Trader in a country:
– at least 6 gold medals from 3 different producers

• Best Specialist Trader International:
– at least 12 gold medals from at least 6 different countries 8 different producers

• Best Specialist Trader Online:
– at least 12 gold medals from at least 6 different countries 8 different producers

• Best Discounter:
– at least 12 gold medals from at least 6 different countries 8 different producers

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