AWARD CATEGORIES

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.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

  • Grand Jury Award: Domaine Coche-Dury
  • Best 1996 Vintage Bordeaux: 1996 Château Latour, Pauillac, France
  • Best 1999 Vintage Barolo: 1999 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino, Barolo Riserva DOCG, Italy
  • Best 2002 Vintage Champagne: 2002 Salon, Cuvée 'S' Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France
  • Best 2005 Vintage Burgundy Red: 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits, France
  • Best 2005 Vintage Rioja/Ribera Del Duero: 2005 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • Best 2007 Vintage Tuscan Red: 2007 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
  • Best 2008 Vintage Australian Shiraz/Syrah: 2008 Henschke, Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley, Australia
  • Best 2008 Vintage Burgundy White: 2008 Domaine Coche-Dury, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Côte de Beaune, France
  • Best 2009 Vintage Cabernet Based California Wine: 2009 Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
  • Best Recent Release: New World Pinot Noir: Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand
  • Best Recent Release: Non-Burgundy Chardonnay: Kumeu River, Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Best Recent Release: Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine: Gusbourne Brut Reserve, Kent, England
  • Best Recent Release: Sauvignon Blanc: Didier Dagenneau, Pouilly Fume Silex, Loire Valley, France
  • Best Recent Release: South American Red: Almaviva, Puente Alto, Chile
  • Hidden Treasure: Australia: Tyrrell's Wines, Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia
  • Hidden Treasure: Bordeaux: Château Roc de Combe, Bordeaux, France
  • Hidden Treasure: Burgundy: Mark Haisma, Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
  • Hidden Treasure: Piedmont: G.D. Vajra, Petracine Langhe Riesling, Piedmont, Italy
  • Best Chinese Red: Ao Yun, Yunnan, China
  • Best Organic/Natural Wine Of The Year: Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Cuvée Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais, France
  • Best Rosé In The World: Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia, Gran Reserva Rosado, Rioja DOCa, Spain
  • Black Swan Of The Year (Most Thought Provoking Wine): Gravner, Anfora Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Best Friend Of The Earth (Most Environmentally-Conscious): Miguel Torres, Familia Torres, Spain
  • Best Young Winemaker Of The Year (Under 40): Morgan Twain-Peterson MW (Mr.), Bedrock Wine Co., USA
  • Top Wine Influencer (Under 45): Pascaline Lepeltier MS (Ms.), Racines NY, USA
  • Unsung Hero: István Szepsy (Mr.), Szepsy, Hungary

View the full list of nominees below:

Domaine Coche-Dury