Categories

Each category has been specifically tailored to represent the key drivers in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Category definitions have been provided to help you select the right place for your product to be entered. If unsure please contact Beckie Dart

To enter, please click on 'Enter Now' next to the category of your choice and you will be taken to the online entry form. You can enter multiple categories within one form. 

Entry fee per product: £125 + VAT

Wine

Categories have been refined in 2018 to reflect current trends in UK consumer drinking choices including grape variety, price point, and the growth of sparkling wine.

The following Medals can be awarded according to aggregated judges' scores:

  • Gold: 90/100 to 100/100
  • Silver: 80/100 to 89/100
  • Bronze: 75/100 to 79/100

Average scores of 74 and below will not receive an award

Only wines scoring 80/100 and above will be considered for Champion Awards to ensure every category Champion is of the highest quality

A number of key grape varieties have been included within Red and White categories, which will lead to the ultimate Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine. Winners in each price category can go forward to be judged for the Champion wine awards and Wine of the Year 2018. 

(QDA) Varietal - White Wine – Price Bands up to £7

White Wines by Grape Variety: min 85% named variety (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc)
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(QDA) Explorers – White Wine – Price Bands up to £7

Submissions are invited of regionally classic and representative wines, together with blends and lesser-known or 'other' grape varieties. 

Entries are invited from retailers or producers for wines (up to 3 per price band) for the Regional or 'other grape varieties' wines, which demonstrate high quality, winemaking flair and regional typically. Please note that winners in all price bands will then compete for Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine judged on overall quality.

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(QDA) Varietal - White Wine – £7.01 to £10

White Wines by Grape Variety: min 85% named variety (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc)

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(QDA) Explorers – White Wine – £7.01 to £10

Submissions are invited of regionally classic and representative wines, together with blends and lesser-known or 'other' grape varieties. 

Entries are invited from retailers or producers for wines (up to 3 per price band) for the Regional or 'other grape varieties' wines, which demonstrate high quality, winemaking flair and regional typically. Please note that winners in all price bands will then compete for Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine judged on overall quality.

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(QDA) Varietal - White Wine – over £10.01

White Wines by Grape Variety: min 85% named variety (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc)

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(QDA) Explorers – White Wine – over £10.01

Submissions are invited of regionally classic and representative wines, together with blends and lesser-known or 'other' grape varieties. 

Entries are invited from retailers or producers for wines (up to 3 per price band) for the Regional or 'other grape varieties' wines, which demonstrate high quality, winemaking flair and regional typically. Please note that winners in all price bands will then compete for Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine judged on overall quality.

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(QDA) Varietal – Red Wine – Price Bands up to £7

.Red Wines by Grape variety: min 85% named variety (Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Shiraz/Syrah)

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(QDA) Explorers – Red Wine – Price Bands up to £7

Submissions are invited of regionally classic and representative wines, together with blends and lesser-known or 'other' grape varieties. 

Entries are invited from retailers or producers for wines (up to 3 per price band) for the Regional or 'other grape varieties' wines, which demonstrate high quality, winemaking flair and regional typically. Please note that winners in all price bands will then compete for Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine judged on overall quality.

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(QDA) Varietal – Red Wine – £7.01 to £10

Red Wines by Grape variety: min 85% named variety (Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Shiraz/Syrah)

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(QDA) Explorers – Red Wine – £7.01 to £10

Submissions are invited of regionally classic and representative wines, together with blends and lesser-known or 'other' grape varieties. 

Entries are invited from retailers or producers for wines (up to 3 per price band) for the Regional or 'other grape varieties' wines, which demonstrate high quality, winemaking flair and regional typically. Please note that winners in all price bands will then compete for Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine judged on overall quality.

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(QDA) Varietal – Red Wine – over £10.01

Red Wines by Grape variety: min 85% named variety (Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir/Garnacha, Tempranillo, Shiraz/Syrah)

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(QDA) Explorers – Red Wine – over £10.01

Submissions are invited of regionally classic and representative wines, together with blends and lesser-known or 'other' grape varieties. 

Entries are invited from retailers or producers for wines (up to 3 per price band) for the Regional or 'other grape varieties' wines, which demonstrate high quality, winemaking flair and regional typically. Please note that winners in all price bands will then compete for Champion Red Wine and Champion White Wine judged on overall quality.

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(QDA) Wine - Rosé Wine – Rose wines up to 7g/l residual sugar

The rose category will now be sub-divided into sweetness levels to reflect the growing popularity of dry styles. Please note that winners in both categories will then compete for overall Champion Rose.

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(QDA) Wine - Rosé Wine – Rose wines over 7g/l RS

The rose category will now be sub-divided into sweetness levels to reflect the growing popularity of dry styles. Please note that winners in both categories will then compete for overall Champion Rose.

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Spirits

(QDA) Spirits - Brandy, Cognac & Dark Spirits

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(QDA) Spirits - Gin

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(QDA) Spirits - Rum

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(QDA) Spirits - Liqueurs & Speciality Spirits

 

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(QDA) Spirits - Vodka, Tequila & Clear Spirits

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(QDA) Spirits - Whisky & Bourbons

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(QDA) Spirits - Ready to Drink

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Beer & Cider

(QDA) Beer & Cider - Low / No Alcohol

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Lager

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Speciality

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Golden Ale

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Bitters

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Mild Beer

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Porter / Stout

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - IPA

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Rest of the World Pale Ales

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Cider

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(QDA) Beer & Cider - Fruit Cider

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Sparkling

(QDA) Sparkling – Prosecco DOC

Sparkling has been sub-divided into two quality levels of Prosecco, two quality bands of Champagne and sparkling wines with higher RS levels.

Please note products at any price can be entered into the sparkling categories.  Winners in each category will then compete for Champion Prosecco, Champagne.

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(QDA) Sparkling – Prosecco DOCG

Sparkling has been sub-divided into two quality levels of Prosecco, two quality bands of Champagne and sparkling wines with higher RS levels.

Please note products at any price can be entered into the sparkling categories.  Winners in each category will then compete for Champion Prosecco, Champagne.

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(QDA) Sparkling – Non-Vintage Champagne

Sparkling has been sub-divided into two quality levels of Prosecco, two quality bands of Champagne and sparkling wines with higher RS levels.

Please note products at any price can be entered into the sparkling categories.  Winners in each category will then compete for Champion Prosecco, Champagne.

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(QDA) Sparkling – Vintage Champagne

Sparkling has been sub-divided into two quality levels of Prosecco, two quality bands of Champagne and sparkling wines with higher RS levels.

Please note products at any price can be entered into the sparkling categories.  Winners in each category will then compete for Champion Prosecco, Champagne.

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(QDA) Sparkling – Other sparkling wines up to 12g/l RS

Sparkling has been sub-divided into two quality levels of Prosecco, two quality bands of Champagne and sparkling wines with higher RS levels.

Please note products at any price can be entered into the sparkling categories.  Winners in each category will then compete for Champion Prosecco, Champagne.

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(QDA) Sparkling – Other sparkling wines over 12g/l RS

Sparkling has been sub-divided into two quality levels of Prosecco, two quality bands of Champagne and sparkling wines with higher RS levels.

Please note products at any price can be entered into the sparkling categories.  Winners in each category will then compete for Champion Prosecco, Champagne.

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Light, Fortified & Dessert Wines

(QDA) Light, Fortified & Dessert Wines – Price Bands up to £7

Enter your light, dessert and fortified wines here; we sub-divide entries for judging by the type of wines entered. There are three price bands for entry. 

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(QDA) Light, Fortified & Dessert Wines – £7.01 to £10

Enter your light, dessert and fortified wines here; we sub-divide entries for judging by the type of wines entered. There are three price bands for entry. 

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(QDA) Light, Fortified & Dessert Wines – over £10.01

Enter your light, dessert and fortified wines here; we sub-divide entries for judging by the type of wines entered. There are three price bands for entry.

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Judges Awards (non enterable categories)

  • Champion Red Wine
  • Champion White Wine
  • Champion Rosé
  • Champion Prosecco
  • Champion Champagne
  • Champion Sparkling
  • Wine of the Year 2018