2020 Asheville Wine Competitions
The 2020 Asheville Wine Competitions are open for entry!
The ASHEVILLE WINE COMPETITIONS are open to any commercially produced wines from anywhere in the world. Competition will be held at the Lenoir Rhyne University Asheville Graduate Center. The French Broad Vignerons will provide wine judging panels supervised by American Wine Society certified wine judges.
The Asheville Wine Competitions are sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University.
HOW TO ENTER THE ASHEVILLE WINE COMPETITIONS:
The entry process requires a two part entry form.
- A Wine Entry Form (for either Vinifera & Hybrid Wines or Muscadine & Fruit Wines) to be completed by each winery, representative agents or importers, and,
- A Bottle Entry Form for each wine will be submitted. The data on the Bottle Entry will be used used to flight all competition entries. Please complete these entry forms carefully.
Please be as accurate as possible with your residual sugar (RS) information. Wines with no Residual Sugar information will be considered dry and judged accordingly.
Every wine entry must be two (2) bottles of 750 ml or four (4) bottles of 375 ml per entry.
The entry fee is $35.00 per wine entered.
Please make your check or money order payable to the French Broad Vignerons and include it with the required entry documents. Use the following entry forms for your respective wines:
2020 Vinifera & Hybrid Wine Competition – May 30, 2020
2020 Muscadine & Fruit Wine Competition – May 31, 2020
If a wine is entered as a generic or blend, please include the identity of the dominant grape(s) or fruit(s).
Wines may be entered by wineries or by their representative agents or importers.
All North Carolina or Appalachian wines are eligible for Best Of The Appalachian (BOTA) designation that includes the right to purchase and use the BOTA seal. Wines made in North Carolina must be identified as such and must contain 100% North Carolina grapes or fruit and must be produced in North Carolina. Wines made in the Appalachians must be identified as to where they were made and must contain 100% Appalachian grapes or fruit. If you claim BOTA eligibility, check the line on the Bottle Entry Form.
- All wines must be available for sale to the public.
- Wines must be produced in minimum size lots of 25 cases or more, or 300 bottles.
- Wines will be evaluated by teams of French Broad Vignerons wine judges supervised by American Wine Society trained judges.
- Wines will be judged in flights as established by the head judge or designee. Judges will only know the type of wine, the vintage, and residual sugar. No labels will be visible.
- All wines will be double judged by two distinct judging panels and will be judged against the standard for that wine.
Awards will be high quality metal medals with bottle ribbons. Medals awarded to wines will be Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Each wine will be identified by a randomly generated code number for purposes of keeping track of the wines without revealing wine identification to the wine judges. Evaluation of wines will be based on appearance, aroma, taste, finish, and overall quality using a 20-point system similar to the UC Davis Judging card. Each wine will be judged on its own merit, not by how it compares with other wines in the flight or class.
Each wine will be judged for what it is at the time of judging, not for what it might become in the future.
Wines will be blind judged in flights and each wine will judged by a minimum of two judging panels.
Awards will be given for levels of excellence: Double Gold (At least two panels awarding the wine a Gold medal), Gold, Silver and Bronze. These awards will be represented by medals with bottle neck ribbons.
Medal results will be posted online at and in issued press releases. Every winery is encouraged to produce their own press release for local press and to post on their own website. You may copy our press release and customize it to meet your needs.
MEDALS ARE ORDERED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE COMPETITION RESULTS ARE KNOWN AND DELIVERED TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOLLOWING THE COMPETITION.
Shipping Your Wine Submissions
* All wines must be securely packed in boxes marked:
ASHEVILLE WINE COMPETITION
SAMPLES ONLY – NOT FOR SALE
* Wines must be received at the address below by May 26 , 2020, but please do not ship prior May 10, 2020. All wines received will be stored in a cool dry place until judging.
FOR THE 2020 ASHEVILLE WINE COMPETITIONS, FEDEX AND UPS ARE PREFERRED.
* You may ship to the address below:
3005 SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY
EAST FLAT ROCK, NC 28726
* IF YOU CHOOSE TO PERSONALLY DELIVER YOUR WINES:
Call Alan Staton (828) 693-9992, or, email CabinCreekVineyard@Gmail.com for directions and scheduling delivery.