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The World Vodka Awards 2022 is now open for entries

Entry Deadline 1 October
Shipping Deadline 15 October


The World Vodka Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognised styles of vodka.

Every entrant receives…
  • A personalized World Vodka Awards tasting note
  • Invitation to the World Vodka Awards final round tasting in London

    Winners receive…
  • Extensive coverage on World VodkaAwards.com
  • High resolution logos
  • International, regional and national coverage targeting vodkas consumers and trade buyers
  • Boxed set: inclusion in the World Vodka Awards boxed set, featuring the winners
  • Point of sale materials including: stickers and collarets with your award in corporate collars
  • All country and world winners are featured in the annual Best Spirits publication

    Medals, Certificates and Trophies receive…
  • Medal, certificate and logo pack
  • Country certificate and logo pack
  • World Style certificate and logo pack
  • World’s Best Trophies, certificate and logo pack

    Taste categories

    Flavoured Vodka
    Minimum of 30% ABV. If more than one flavour is included in the vodka.
    Pure Neutral Vodka
    Distilled by any method (pot or column) from any permitted base material(s) and according to the country of origin’s regulations. Impurities in aroma and flavour should be filtered out to leave a clear spirit of clean, neutral character. Minimum 37.5% ABV.
    Varietal Vodka
    Vodka intended to be consumed neat or in cocktails whereby a little character determined by the base ingredient is acceptable, desirable even. A pure, clear and clean vodka, but not necessarily totally neutral.
    Infused/Botanical

    Design categories

    Label design
    This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
    Presentation
    This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
    Travel retail exclusive
    Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
    Limited edition
    This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
    Redesign / relaunch
    This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 2019. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
    New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 2019.
    Range design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.
    Bottle Design
    The overall design of the glass or PET bottle: shape, colour, functionality and any embossing, decorative finishes, coatings or direct printed elements as well as visual appeal.

    The judging process

    TASTE

    The taste judging is held in three rounds.

    Round 1
    Each vodka is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners. Judges making up the World Vodka Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

    Round 2
    Style winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ vodka in each category.

    Round 3
    The ‘Best’ vodka in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best Vodka. Judges at this stage include those in Round 1 and 2 to whom are added a panel of leading distillers and experts from the vodka industry.

    DESIGN
    All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

    Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.

    Shipping

    For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact
    info@worlddrinksawards.com Anita Ujszaszi

    Rates

    Entry fees

    Note: price is for each entry
     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Sterling
    Taste & Design£245 + VAT£235 + VAT£225 + VAT£215 + VAT
    Design£169 + VAT£164 + VAT£159 + VAT£154 + VAT
    Taste or Design£169 + VAT£164 + VAT£159 + VAT£154 + VAT
    Euro
    Taste & Design€315€305€295€285
    Design€210€205€200€195
    Taste or Design€210€205€200€195
    USD
    Taste & Design$410$395$380$365
    Design$280$270$260$250
    Taste or Design$280$270$260$250
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$460$445$430$415
    Design$320$310$300$290
    Taste or Design$320$310$300$290

    Terms & conditions

  • Products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the Shipping Date listed.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the Due Date (or disqualified), the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be made available for collection at the entrant’s expense or retained by the Organiser if not collected within eight weeks of the Due Date. Due Date is the entry deadline.
  • If an entry is withdrawn after the Due Date, no refunds will be given. This includes entries for which product has not been received.
  • Payment in full is required before judging commences.
  • Substitutions of entries is possible, but needs to be communicated to the World Drinks Awards prior to the Due Date.
  • If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid in advance. If these costs are not paid, the World Drinks Awards will invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee. If these costs remain unpaid, the World Drinks Awards are unable to accept the entries.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles are unable to be returned. Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
    o Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand, or included in a charity bottling, the proceeds of which are distributed to charity.
    o Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds of which are distributed to charity.
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