The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is an international wine competition established and managed by Britain’s Decanter wine magazine. The competition was established in 2004 by renowned UK wine critic Stephen Spurrier – the figure behind the 1976 Judgment of Paris – and has remained among the most prominent European wine competitions ever since.
Each year, many hundreds of wines are submitted for review by the DWWA, all of which must undergo a preliminary assessment before they are put forward to the official stages. The wines are judged by multiple panels, each chaired by a regional or category specialist. The judging team, of hundreds, is picked from a broad spectrum of disciplines including winemakers, retailers and wine writers. Decanter’s own writers – notably Andrew Jefford and Spurrier himself – take part in the judging, as do regional specialists such as Tom Stevenson, Jim Budd, Gerard Basset and ‘Wine Doctor’ Chris Kissack.
Both medals and trophies are awarded at the DWWA. The medals are broken down into the standard gold, silver and bronze categories, while the trophies are assigned first on a regional basis and ultimately on an international basis for the competition’s top wines. There are also wines which are ‘commended‘ by the show’s judges. These are entries that have not won a medal but are nonetheless considered worthy of mention, and can be identified on retailers’ shelves by a light-blue sticker.
The results of the annual DWWA are published on Decanter’s website,
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 is now open for entry. Entrants can enter online at www.dwwa.co.uk and save £15 per wine entered. Alternatively, they can download an entry pack and enter via email or post.
KEY 2013 DATES
2January 2013 Open for entries
1 March 2013 Deadline for entries
13 March 2013 SCI Australia consolidated shipping deadline
20 March 2013 Deadline for wine samples to arrive at Decanter warehouse
29 April – 3 May 2013 Judging week (including Regional Trophy tasting)
9 – 10 May 2013 International Trophy judging
20 May 2013 Results announced on Decanter.com
20 – 22 May 2013 DWWA Unsigned Talent Tasting at London International Wine Fair
16 – 20 June 2013 DWWA Vinexpo Winners Tasting, Bordeaux
27 June 2013 DWWA Consumer Tasting, London
4 September 2013 Decanter Awards Presentation Dinner, London
5 September 2013 Results published in Decanter Awards issue
October 2013 DWWA Global Tastings in partnership with Enomatic
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