VinoChallenge International, held October 5th - 14th, 2016
The oldest international wine competition in the United States.
VinoChallenge International is an international wine competition (un concours du vin international) held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. It is open to any and all wines that are sold commercially, anywhere in the world.
Wines are initially judged against similar wines from the same country of origin. Gold medal wines are then judged against each other to determine the superlative awards.
Judges are primarily in the wine trade but there are also some highly skilled consumers, many of whom have been judges for over 30 years.
The cost is extremely reasonable: three 750ml+ bottles and US$50 per entry (or 4x 375ml bottles). The entry form can be found here.
Payment may be made through PayPal, or by a check made out in US Dollars.
Deadline for entries is September 30th, 2016
Shipping your wines
Mark each box "VINOCHALLENGE JUDGING - NOT FOR SALE". Do not send wines through the USPS Postal Service.
If you have a US importer and a Georgia distributor, have them submit your entries. If you do not have a US importer, ship your wines to
c/o ATLANTA IMPROVEMENT COMPANY
1401 DUTCH VALLEY PLACE, N.E.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30324 USA
TWO ADDITIONAL THINGS NEED TO BE DONE: 1) you will need to obtain a US issued FDA number and 2) a waiver of a US label approval will need to be obtained. Please contact us for assistance with these requirements. These are necessary to satisfy US Customs.
We are dedicated to producing the most competent judging experiences for wineries, judges and consumers. To that end, we:
- Select a judging panel composed equally of wine makers from the region and wine professionals (journalists, distributors, retailers, sommeliers) and knowledgeable consumers from around the USA.
- Employ technology to manage the more clerical aspects of the competition so that judges can focus on the wines rather than the judging process; and to assure that the judges results are promptly and accurately recorded.
- Impose strict quality controls and independent reviews of the wines being judged.
To enter your wines into the 2016 VinoChallenge International please click here, or click on the entry form button in the site's menu.