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Thank you to all who participated in our

2018 Commercial Wine Competition. 

To view the results click Here.


One of the oldest and best-regarded commercial wine competitions brings your wine to the attention of the wine consumers and wine professionals nationwide. Sponsored by the American Wine Society, the largest and oldest organization of wine consumers in the country, the AWS Commercial Wine Competition celebrates winning wines at an awards ceremony held at the AWS National Conference and in its AWS Wine Journal. 



About the AWS 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. 

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.  


2017 AWS Commercial Wine Competition Results



Best White Vinifera     Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Semi-dry Riesling 
Best Red Vinifera   Wakefield / Taylors St. Andrews 2016 Shiraz 
Best Hybrid   Lakewood Vineyards 2016 Vignoles 
Best Native    The Winery at Marjim Manor 100 Windows Niagara 
Best Rosé  Wakefiled/Taylor Taylor Made Pinot Noir Rosé  
 Best Sparkling Barefoot Bubbly Orange - Citrus Fusion  
 Best Dessert Quady Winery 2015 Essensia
 Best Distilled E&J Gallo Peach Brandy
 Best of Pennsylvania Mountain View Vineyards "Bliss" Vidal  
 Best Fruit Wine  Deerfoot Vineyards & Winery Cherry



Click here for a list of all medals awarded by winery name


2016 Commerical Wine Competition Results

 Click here for a list of medals awarded by medal type

Click here for the Best in Class winners



Commercial Wine Competition Chairpersons


Al Guber & Mike Wassenberg

E-Mail: cwc@americanwinesociety.org 


2015 AWS Commercial Wine Competition Results


Best in Class Awards

Medals Awarded by Winery



Commercial Competition Links

Mailing Label Template (Based on Avery Form No. 5163) 

Competition Brochure (pdf)


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