The NC Wine Competition – Commercial Submissions

Commercial Competition Rules & Entry

Entry submissions are OPEN – from May 1, 2024 – July 14, 2024
Judging – July 22-24, 2024

(Pre-Registration is required) 
Deliver or ship entries to:
Windsor Run Cellars

ATTN: NC Wine Competition
6531 Windsor Road
Hamptonville, NC 27020
(336) 468 – 9274

Call before delivery to ensure you arrive during open business hours.

Competition Contact:  Brianna Burns – brianna.burns@ncagr.gov

GENERAL RULES

ENTRIES

  • Entrants must be the producer/grower of the wine, cider, or mead.
  • Please review the categories and category types for the correct placement of your entries.
  • Residual sugar must be entered in percentages (%) on the entry form. Failure to submit varietals/fruits/honey and/or residual sugar percentages may result in disqualification.
  • Only federally and NC ABC-permitted producers may enter the NC Wine Competition.
  • Entrants must submit two (2) 750ml bottles, three (3) 375ml bottles, or four (4) cans of each entry. Faulty wines will be discarded after the competition. Any unopened wine will be used for educational and promotional purposes at the NC Wine and Grape Council’s discretion. Wines sent to the competition incorrectly will not be returned.
  • Only wines made from at least 75% NC-grown fruit and/or honey are eligible to compete. Each entry is required to list:
    *Contents by percentage
    *Harvest Date for each component
    *Where these components were harvested

Example Entry:
“ABC Wine” from 123 Winery
– Merlot (60%), October 12, 2014, Surry County NC
– Cabernet Franc (40%), October 20, 2014, Yadkin County NC

  • By submission of your wines, you are verifying the information entered is correct. Winning wines may be subject to verification by the NC Wine and Grape Council prior to the announcement of awards. Wines entered falsely will be disqualified.
  • Entry fee: $25.00 per wine entered. Entries may be shipped or delivered to Windsor Run Cellars, see address above.
  • All entries must be registered through the Cvent link – Click on the button above. Please fill out your company information, then select the number of entries you wish to enter. On the next page, you will fill out each entry’s information. The last step is to review and pay – all payments will be paid with a credit/debit card by phone before the competition. An NC Wine rep will call you for payment.

MEDALS / AWARDS

  • Medals are Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. There is no limit to the number of medals awarded in each category. Judges measure wines based on overall quality. Wines entered will not be judged against other entries. Not all entries will receive a medal.
  • Highest scoring entries will be judged by a second judging panel to determine the “Best of” winners in 12 different categories & The NC Wine Cup award in the Vinifera Wine, Muscadine Wine, and Fruit/Cider/Mead categories.
  • All wines eligible for “The NC Wine Cup” award will be reviewed and verified to ensure they are made of a minimum of 75% NC fruit/honey prior to judging.
  • Entrants may visit NCWINE.ORG for competition results. Medals and judges’ notes will be mailed after the competition.

JUDGING

Entries are judged blind. Judges only receive information on content percentages and residual sugar. All categories are eligible to win the following awards: Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Judges evaluate entries using the American Wine Society 20-point scale:
     Appearance 3 points max
     Aroma 6 points max
     Taste 6 points max
     Finish 3 points max
     Overall 2 points max
     Total Score 20 points max

MEAD Categories

  • Traditional Mead – Single Honey & Honey Blends
  • Melomel Mead (w/ Fruit)
  • Metheglin Mead (Spiced)
  • Hydromel Mead (Sparkling Session)
  • Mead – Other

CIDER Categories

  • Traditional Cider – Apple & Multi-Apple Blends
  • Perry Cider – Pear
  • Specialty – Apple & Fruit Blends
  • Specialty – Apple & Grape/Wine Blends
  • Cider – Other