The Awards comprises 27 categories, rigorously designed to yield and celebrate the best mature fine wines alongside young wines, hidden treasures that offer phenomenal quality but are under the radar of many consumers as well as natural wines made without additives – often by small wine producers. Most notably, the Awards will be the first in the world to rate mature wines that are ready to drink – such as the Best Bordeaux from 1996 or the Best Rioja/Ribero del Duero from 2005 – as these vintage wines are rarely submitted by wineries for competitions.

With the wide range of categories, the results will fascinate both collectors and social drinkers.

Wines from anywhere may be nominated without any restrictions of origin or entry fees. Each category can accommodate up to 5 nominees, and the nominee that receives the highest number of points – based on judges’ nominations – will be the winner of its category. The full list of nominees have now been revealed and can be viewed below. The winners will be revealed at a black tie gala dinner held at the RWS Ballroom on 10 October 2019.

The categories are:

  • 2005 Dominio de Pingus, Pingus, Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • 2005 La Rioja Alta S.A., Gran Reserva 890, Rioja DOCa, Spain
  • 2005 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia, Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain
  • 2005 Vega Sicilia, Tinto Valbuena 5, Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • 2005 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain