The superstars at the World Spirits Award 2019 once again come from Germany, Austria and Switzerland:

The superstars at the World Spirits Award 2019 once again come from Germany, Austria and Switzerland: 14 x Awards, 16 Spirits of the Year as well as 10 x Distilleries of the Year – that’s the brand-new result.

It is great to see that the World Spirits Award is in such demand. For the second year running, over 50 samples could not be tasted because they were submitted after the official deadline for registration. Our full house is certainly also a testimony to the esteem and quality of this unique worldwide spirits award and classification.

Besides the number of participants, the diversity of the submitted products has also increased, the judging of which was impeccably mastered by the jury, which meets every year for the obligatory 3-day training seminar.

What has become apparent in recent years is that Styria in Austria has established itself as a real quality stronghold. The Hochstrasser-Krauss-Tinnauer trio are once again flying the flag for Styria, flying it this year for the second time is the superstar, Krauss Distillery. Basically, the World Spirits Award 2019 could be described as a battle between Austria and Germany, with a little Swiss intervention.

The World Spirits Award Celebration in the futuristic setting of “Le Bolle di Nardini” (held there on the occasion of the distillery’s 240-year jubilee), in the Italian Bassano del Grappa, was a special night for the worldwide distilling scene where many big names could be spotted. Many WSA participants travelled from far around the world to take part in the World Spirits Awards 2019 – a performance which they can be proud of, and which gave them a competitive advantage over their opponents.

The WSA superstars of 2019

Carmen and Werner Krauss have built a brand-new distillery on the green meadow in the Styrian village of Schwanberg, thereby evolving from a former ‘garage distillery’ to producers of fine spirits. What has stayed the same in recent years is that, following their success in 2017, they were named absolute superstars in the world of spirits again in 2019. The titles and awards won at the World Spirits Award are proof of this.

After the Krauss family, these medal-winning distilleries also shone:

Arnold Dettling AG - (Switzerland): 100-%-DESTILLATE DoY Gold & Award
Brennerei Schulze Rötering
- (Germany): OBST SPIRITS DoY Gold & Award
Distillery Krauss GmbH
- (Austria): GIN & WODKA DoY Gold & Award, 100-%-DESTILLATE DoY Bronze
Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH
- (Austria): BITTER & LIKÖRE DoY Gold & Award

Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG - (Germany): OBST SPIRITS DoY Silver
Clara Hof Destillerie -
(Germany): GIN & WODKA DoY Silver
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer
- (Austria): 100-%-DESTILLATE DoY Silver
Mooskirchner Feindestillerie GmbH. & CO
- (Austria): BITTER & LIKÖRE DoY Silver

Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH - (Austria): BITTER & LIKÖRE DoY Bronze

Distilleries of the Year 2019 in Gold and Awards

A collection of shiny medals now adorns Carmen und Werner Krauss’ Wall of Fame in St. Martin in Styria (Austria): “Distillery of the Year Gold” and “Distillery of the Year Bronze”. Also from the south of Austria, the Styrian Franz Tinnauer fruit distillery with the classification of “Distillery of the Year Silver”. The title of “Distillery of the Year Bronze 2019” goes to Horvath’s Spezereyen Kontor GmbH in Lower Austria. Vienna is also represented: On the winners’ podium was Gautier Mückstein Getränke with the title “Distillery of the Year Gold 2019”. German distilleries can also be found amongst the top rankings: Brennerei Schulze Rötering (“Distillery of the Year Gold”) and Clara Hof Destillerie and Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar each with the title of “Distillery of the Year Silver 2019”.

Double Gold & Spirits of the Year as well as Awards 2019 for the group winners

The following distilleries received 10 World Spirits Awards for group wins and 16 Spirits of the Year as variety winner – in different categories:

Arnold Dettling AG (Switzerland): 1 x World Spirits Award, 2 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh (Austria): 1 x World Spirits Award 2019
Distillery Krauss GmbH (Austria): 1 x World Spirits Award, 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx (Germany): 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche (Germany): 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Eifel-Destillerie P.J. Schütz (Germany): 1x World Spirits Award, 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer (Austria): 2 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH (Austria): 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Grenzwald-Destillation Otto Ficker GmbH (Germany): 1 x World Spirits Award, 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
KWV (South Africa): 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Mooskirchner Feindestillerie GmbH. & CO KG (Austria): 2 x World Spirits Award, 2 x Spirit of the Year 2019
Sauerland Distillers GmbH (Germany): 1 x World Spirits Award, Spirit of the Year 2019
Rutte (The Netherlands): 1 x World Spirits Award, 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019
WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner (Austria): 1 x World Spirits Award, 1 x Spirit of the Year 2019          

Distilleries of the Year, Awards & Spirit of the Year

14 awards were awarded in 2019: 64 for the title of “Distillery of the Year GOLD” and a further 10 for WSA group winners.

Distillery Classification

42 distilleries were classified in different categories (from fruit brandy, whisky and grappa to rum). 27 of them can enjoy the award “World Class Distillery”, 10 with “Master Class Distillery” and 5 with “First Class Distillery”.

The classification is not only an international benchmark for distillers but also results in competitive advantages in connection with their own marketing measures supported by “World Spirits”.

Distilleries of the Year 2019

Arnold Dettling AG - (Switzerland) 100-%-DESTILLATE DoY Gold & Award
Brennerei Schulze Rötering
- (Germany) OBST SPIRITS DoY Gold & Award
Distillery Krauss GmbH
- (Austria) GIN & WODKA DoY Gold & Award, 100-%-DESTILLATE DoY Bronze
Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH
- (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE DoY Gold & Award

Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG - (Germany) OBST SPIRITS DoY Silver
Clara Hof Destillerie -
(Germany) GIN & WODKA DoY Silver
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer
- (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE DoY Silver
Mooskirchner Feindestillerie GmbH. & CO - (Austria): BITTER & LIKÖRE DoY Silver

Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE DoY Bronze

World-Class Distilleries 2019

Arnold Dettling AG - (Switzerland) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Brennerei Bernhard Leitner - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Brennerei Hubertus Vallendar GmbH & Co KG - (Germany) OBST SPIRITS
Brennerei Krenn - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh – Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Brennerei Schulze Rötering - (Germany) OBST SPIRITS
Capovilla Azienda Agricola di Capovilla Vittorio - (Italy) GRAPPA, 100-%-DESTILLATE
Clara Hof Destillerie - (Germany) GIN & WODKA
Destillerie & Brennerei Heinrich Habbel - (Germany) WHISKY WORLDWIDE
Destillerie Hochstrasser GmbH & CO KG - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE, BITTER & LIKÖRE
Distillery Krauss GmbH - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE, GIN & WODKA
Edelkorn-Brennerei Jos. Rosche - (Germany) KORN
Feinbrennerei Sasse - (Germany) KORN
Fruchtbrennerei Franz Tinnauer - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Gautier Mückstein Getränke GmbH - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Grenada Distillers LTD - (Grenada) RUM
Grenzwald-Destillation Otto Ficker GmbH - (Germany) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Hofbrennerei Oberkorb - (Germany) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Horvath's Spezereyen Kontor GmbH - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE
John Dewar & Son's - (Great Britain) WHISKY SCOTCH
Maison Léda, Château Laubade - (France) ARMAGNAC
Serralles USA - (Puerto Rico) RUM
Spezialitäten-Brennerei & Whisky Destillerie Liebl GmbH - (Germany) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Warshay Investments TA KWV - (South Africa) SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY

Master-Class Distilleries 2019

Bimmerle KG - (Germany) GIN & WODKA
Brennerei Penth Spirits GmbH - (Germany) 100-%-DESTILLATE
Brennerei Pirker Gmbh – Konditorei, Lebzelterei & Wachszieherei - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Destillerie & Brennerei Heinrich Habbel - (Germany) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Destillerie Zweiger - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Distillery Krauss GmbH - (Austria) OBST SPIRITS
Elch Edelbrände - (Germany) 100-%-DESTILLATE
finch® Whiskydestillerie - (Germany) WHISKY WORLDWIDE
Pyatt Enterprises LLC, Mar Azul - (USA) TEQUILA
Skiclub Kampen GmbH - (Germany) GIN & WODKA

First-Class Distilleries 2019

Altvater Gessler JA Baczewski - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Clara Hof Destillerie - (Germany) BITTER & LIKÖRE
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH - (Austria) BITTER & LIKÖRE, GIN & WODKA
Obstkultur Kasinger - (Austria) 100-%-DESTILLATE

Participating Distilleries 2019

Absintherie Celle à Guilloud - (Switzerland)
Aeijst GmbH - (Austria)
Babco Europe Limited - (Ireland)
Bebo (De Kuyper Royal Distillers) - (The Netherlands)
Bonner Manufaktur. UG - (Germany)
Brauerei Hirt GmbH. - (Austria)
Camus La Grande Marque - (France)
Caribbean Spirits Limited - (St. Lucia)
Château Steinle Manufaktur - (Germany)
Cherry Heering (De Kuyper Royal Distillers) - (The Netherlands)
Cologne Spirits GmbH - (Germany)
De Kuyper Royal Distillers - (The Netherlands)
Destilaria Levira, Lda - (Portugal)
Destillerie Franz Bauer GmbH - (Austria)
Destillerie Freihof - (Austria)
Destillerie Kammer-Kirsch GmbH - (Germany)
Destillerie Stelzl "vulgo Milhalm" - (Austria)
Die Brau- & Brennwerkstatt - (Germany)
Ditta Bortolo Nardini Spa - (Italy)
Domäne Wachau eGen - (Austria)
Edelbrandmanufaktur Wilhelm Marx - (Germany)
Edeldestillerie Robert Oberhofer - (Austria)
Ehrenwert GmbH - (Germany)
Eifel-Destillerie - (Germany)
Elephant Gin GmbH - (Germany)
Euelsberger Spirituosen - (Germany)
Excelencia Tequilera de Jalisco - (Mexico)
Finest Beverags GmbH - (Germany)
Francois - Hanau Dry Gin - (Germany)
Full Circle Craft Distillers Co., Inc. - (Philippines)
Gans Feinbrand Manufaktur GmbH - (Germany)
Glina Whisky Destillerie - (Germany)
Gosling GmbH - (Austria)
Gurktaler Alpenkräuter GmbH - (Austria)
Hardenberg-Wilthen AG - (Germany)
Hauser Traditionsmarken Vertriebs GmbH. - (Austria)
HirschRudel GmbH & Co. KG - (Germany)
HS Heidelberg Spirits GmbH - (Germany)
Husmann und Machon GbR - (Germany)
Juni 93 Ltd - (Great Britain)
Kapruner Edelbrände - (Austria)
Kesselbrüder GmbH - (Austria)
KeyPharm Laboratories - (Belgium)
Klippenziege GmbH - (Germany)
Koninklijke de Kuyper B.V. - (The Netherlands)
Koudi's - (Austria)
Krugmann Markenspirituosen GmbH & Co.KG - (Germany)
Kweichow MOUTAI (China)
Leibwächter - (Austria)
Limomacher EFT GmbH - (Austria)
Mandarine Napoleon (De Kuyper Royal Distillers) - (The Netherlands)
Manufaktur Jörg Geiger GmbH - (Germany)
Mozart Distillerie GmbH - (Austria)
Nannoni Grappe Srl - (Italy)
Neuzeller Klosterbrennerei AG - (Germany)
Nordic Premium Beverages - (Finland)
Noroi Distillery - (Canada)
Obsthof Wiesmeier - (Austria)
Osborne Distribuidora S.A. - (Spain)
PUR Organic Products GmbH - (Austria)
Radeberger Destillation & Liqueurfabrik GmbH - (Germany)
Rats-Apotheke Dr. Martin Kullmer e. K. - (Germany)
RhochzweiLiquids Gbr - (Germany)
Rick Spirit GmbH - (Austria)
Roner AG Brennereien - (Italy)
Rossbacher VertriebsgmbH - (Austria)
Roust Hungary KFT - (Hungary)
Rutte (De Kuyper Royal Distillers) - (The Netherlands)
Salm Bräu GmbH - (Austria)
Sauer & Hartwig GmbH - (Germany)
Sauerland Distillers GmbH - (Germany)
Scheible Bräu & Spirituosen GmbH - (Germany)
Second Life Spirits GmbH - (Germany)
See-Destillerie Renate Peinsteiner - (Austria)
Seyringer Schlossbrände Vertriebs GmbH. - (Austria)
Taunus-Gin GmbH - (Germany)
The Sweet Potato Spirit Company Limited - (Great Britain)
Valamo Monastery Distillery - (Finland)
Hämmerle Destillerie Freihof GmbH & CO KG - (Austria)
Weingut Schneeberger - (Austria)
Windspiel Manufaktur GmbH - (Germany)
WOB Destillerie Wolfram Ortner - (Austria)

Medals & variety winners

117 participants and distilleries from 25 nations (islands) took part in the “World Spirits Award 2019”, submitting 493 spirits for consideration. With the presented products ranging from coffee and cigar brandies to gin, rum, fruit spirits and 100% distillates. The results are based on the WOB 100-point evaluation system tailored to spirits; objective assessment is ensured by an international taster jury with many years of experience.

Distinctions are the reflection of the distillers’ work and an appreciation of perfect products. Based on the slogan “Simply the Best in Spirits”, only the best products are entered into the competition and receive excellent reviews from the strict jury.

485 medals were awarded – 48 double golds (16 of them Spirits of the Year), 238 golds, 188 silvers and 11 bronze medals. A peripheral detail: 8 products were considered faulty or inadequate.

The results are based on the WOB 100-point evaluation system, which is specially tailored to the world of spirits. An experienced international jury of tasters ensured an objective assessment.

 

Facts and Figures 2019 (2018)

14 (19) World Spirits Awards
4 (6) Distilleries of the Year – Gold
4 (3) Distilleries of the Year – Silver
2 (2) Distilleries of the Year – Bronze

16 (19) Spirit of the Year
48 (57) Double Gold
238 (312) Gold
188 (131) Silver
11 (8) Bronze
8 (5) Inadequate/Faults

Total 493 (485) products overall

42 (32) Classifications
27 (23) World Class Distilleries
10 (5) Master Class Distilleries
5 (3) First Class Distilleries
75 (84) Participating Distilleries

Total 117 (113) Distilleries

 

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