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World Vodka Awards 2024 - OPEN FOR ENTRIES


Take advantage of our early entry rates, available until 1st September!

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

Dates for your diary:


  • Early Bird Rates: Until 1st September 2023

  • Entry Deadline: 1st October 2023

  • Shipping Deadline (product received by): 15th October 2023


Every entrant receives…

  • A personalized World Drinks Awards tasting note

  • Invitation to the World Drinks Awards final round tasting in London


Winners receive…

  • Extensive coverage on WorldDrinksAwards.com

  • High resolution logos

  • International, regional and national coverage targeting spirit consumers and trade buyers

  • 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

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Taste categories

Botanical Vodka
A vodka that has been flavoured, at least in part, by the distillation of botanicals or plant materials and does not solely use extracts/flavourings or infusions. Specific flavour(s) must be declared on the entry form.
Flavoured Vodka
Minimum ABV: 30%ABV. Products can be sweetened. The specific flavour(s) must be declared on the entry form. If more than one flavour is included in the vodka, then main flavour(s) should be specified.

A flavoured vodka is one where the spirit has been processed to add flavour beyond that of the vodka’s base raw materials. It is made by either:
i) the addition of flavouring or essences (“compounding”);
ii) the infusion/maceration of raw material in the vodka;
iii) or a combination of the two.

Aged vodka is a subcategory of flavoured vodka and is a vodka aged in barrels or with wooden chips, staves, etc..
Pure Neutral Vodka
Vodka distilled from any permitted base material(s), in accordance with the country of origin’s regulations. In addition, impurities in aroma and flavour should be filtered out to leave a clear spirit of clean, flavourless, neutral character. Minimum ABV: 37.5%ABV.

Vodkas entered into this category will be judged based on their neutrality / flavourless qualities.

If a vodka has residual base character coming through from the raw materials, it should be entered into the Varietal Vodka category.
Varietal Vodka
An unflavoured vodka where at least some of the residual character of the base material is retained after distillation e.g. apple, potato, etc., but no other flavours are added. Minimum ABV: 37.5%ABV.

Vodkas in this category will be judged on the residual character that comes through from the base spirit. Please declare the base material on the entry form to enable the spirit to be judged appropriately.

Design categories

Bottle Design
This design category includes only singular bottles without outer packaging. It does include any decorative items such as neck tags or collars. The overall design, including closure, of the glass or PET bottle: shape, colour, functionality and any embossing, decorative finishes, coatings, or direct printed elements as well as visual appeal will be assessed in this category.
Gift Packs
This category is designed to cater for all on shelf gift packs. These can be either gift packs containing individual bottles with packaging and accessories (such as glassware) or multi-product sets, including miniatures.
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. This will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
Limited edition
This category applies to designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season. This can include individual bottles as well as bottles with outer packaging. This does not include gift packs, travel retail exclusives or special edition designs, which should be entered separately.
New launch
Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 2023. This must be a new product, not a re-design of an existing product. Redesigns, please see the redesign/relaunch category.
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.
Range design
This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand. To enter this category a minimum of three expressions need to be provided in order to assess the range design.
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, 2023. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
Secondary Outer Packaging
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. This does not include gift packs or speciality designs, which should be entered separately.
Special Edition Design
This category is for speciality designs or ‘one off’ productions which have been exclusively designed for a very special occasion, are very limited and mostly in a higher price range. Must contain outer packaging. Sale is extremely selected and not generally available.
Travel retail exclusive
Products created specifically and only for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market. This can either individual bottles or products with outer packaging.

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

When shipping your product, please keep in mind the following:

  • Ensure all products are packaged securely.

  • Print the packing slip from your online profile for each product and attach this to your package(s).

  • World Vodka Awards accepts bottles and cans.

  • Ensure all customs and duties fees are cleared when booking in the shipment yourself. Should the World Vodka Awards be required to pay any charges, you will be invoiced for the amount plus an administration fee.


Quantities Required


For Taste entries, we require for each entry:

  • 3 x 500ml (minimum) Bottles or Cans

For Design entries, we require for each entry:

  • 1 x Bottles or Cans

If you have entered both Taste and Design, please provide the number of bottles specified under the 'Taste' entries quantities section.

How to Ship


We are delighted to introduce our shipping system, allowing you to ship your entries straight through our own booking system in conjunction with our shipping partner. For a set shipping fee, that covers customs and duties costs, we get your shipment booked in, picked up and on its way! Pallet shipping is also available. Download the shipping guide here. Please note this service is available for shipments destined for the UK only. Please check your individual entry confirmation email for details of where to send your shipment.

When you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Vodka Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including an administration fee. All duty invoices will come directly from our accounts team.

We do accept in-person deliveries. Please contact our awards team at info@worlddrinkawards.com to ensure someone is on site to receive your package(s).

Rates

Entry fees

Note: price is for each entry
 1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
Sterling
Taste & Design£299 + VAT£279 + VAT£269 + VAT£259 + VAT
Design£199 + VAT£189 + VAT£179 + VAT£175 + VAT
Taste or Design£199 + VAT£189 + VAT£179 + VAT£175 + VAT
Euro
Taste & Design€355€345€335€325
Design€235€230€225€220
Taste or Design€235€230€225€220
USD
Taste & Design$449$429$419$409
Design$299$289$279$269
Taste or Design$299$289$279$269
Canadian Dollar
Taste & Design$520$505$490$475
Design$350$340$330$320
Taste or Design$350$340$330$320

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 an 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:

    • 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.

    • 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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