The SWVA Annual Competition
The annual competition is an exciting opportunity for our members to enter wines to be tasted by an expert judging panel consisting of MW's (Master of Wine), and wine trade professionals. The judges are knowledgable tasters, used to tasting to an international level.
Each judge tastes each wine and awards a total score out of 20. These are averaged across the panel and awards are allocated accordingly to the following scoring levels:
GOLD @ 17/20, SILVER @ 15.5/20, BRONZE @ 14/20, H'COMMENDED @ 13/20.
Entrants benefit from feedback from the (hopefully constructive) judges tasting notes which may help them to improve in following years.
The judges have a full day to judge the wines, and the results are announced the following day at the members event.
The results event usually involves a vineyard visit and tour, an opportunity to taste the entered wines, lunch and finally the awards ceremony.