WSA registration - step by step

Step 1: Timetable & registration

  • Start of registration for the World Spirits Award:

    Start of the WSA registration is 1st August 2018. The "World Spirits Award" is limited to 450 samples - so please register early enough!
    Invoices will be sent from 1st August and are to be paid immediately - participation will not be confirmed until payment has been received.
  • Binding registration with number of samples: by 1st November 2018
    Or by e-mail with company address and number of products
  • Invoicing
  • Payment after receipt of invoice - surcharge of 10% if paid after 1st November 2018
  • Documents for distillery portrait and photo selection via e-mail or web transfer
  • E-mail an Excel sheet with complete list of all necessary product details for registration (if product details are missing) by 1st December 2018 at the latest

 Step 2: Sample shipment

  • No dispatch without payment
  • Shipment of samples by 15th December 2018 at the latest
  • Delivery note and/or pro-forma invoice
  • Three (over 0.5 litres content) or four bottles (0.375 litre) per product

Step 3: Tasting & medal stickers or licence agreement

  • Tasting weekends are in January
  • Announcement of medals (unofficially) by 5th February 2019
  • Ordering of medal stickers by 8th February 2019 - payment of invoice immediately upon receipt
  • Licence agreements can be made from 5th February 2019
  • No information on exact results or feedback on submissions
  • Mailing of medal logos only after Award Ceremony

Step 4: Award Ceremony & publication of results

  • Announcement of venue for the Award Ceremony by 15th February 2019 and registration for Award Ceremony and Distillery Tour by 20th February
  • Publication and use of official results on the day after the Award Ceremony
  • Mailing of digital medal logos and distillery portraits within one week of the Award Ceremony
  • Mailing of high-resolution medal logos on request and on declaration of intended use
  • You need a licence agreement for its use on bottles, labels, boxes …
  • Mailing of medals/certificates within one week of the Award Ceremony - in the case of non-deliverability, further mailing at the expense of the applicant.
  • The same applies for the shipment of the World Spirits Award Trophy including insurance.
  • Mailing of the World Spirits Guide at the end of July/beginning of August 2019


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World Spirits Award 2016

World Spirits Award 2019

Table of contents

1 Class rating of distilleries (World Class Distillery, etc.)
1.1 Procedure for the classification of distilleries
1.2 The rating system for the classification of distilleries

2 Awards for the best spirits (Spirit of the Year, etc.)
2.1 The rating scheme: The WOB system
2.2 Procedure of the tasting by categories
2.2.1 Practical implementation of the tasting procedure
2.3 The jury

3 Marketing for the industry and/or the participating distilleries

4 Regulations: Figures, data, facts, etc.
4.1 World Spirits Award - Simply the best in Spirits
4.2 Benefits of the total marketing package of the "World Spirits Award"
4.3 Classification costs
4.4 Costs of the sensory analysis of the spirits during a tasting course
4.5 Approved products and/or distilleries
4.6 Submitting and sending samples
4.6.1 Payment
4.6.2 Dispatch
4.6.3 Details for registration
4.7 Categories, groups and varieties

5 Advantages for WSA participants
5.1 What advantages result from the award, the medals won and for classified distilleries?
5.2 Using the "Word Spirits Award" trademark for advertising purposes
5.2.1 Purchase of medal stickers
5.2.2 Production of medal stickers
5.2.3 Printing of medal logos
5.2.4 Copyright regulations

6 Publication of the results
6.1 World Spirits Guide Registration

7 The award ceremony for the "World Spirits Awards", medals and titles (diplomas)
7.1 Dispatch of medals and/or diplomas
7.2 World Spirits Award goes on a world tour

8 TOC - Supplementary General Terms and Conditions


World Spirits Award 2019 - Simply the best in Spirits

Information & bookings => Online-Registration
World Spirits . Barbara Ortner . 9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim . Austria
Untertscherner Weg 3 . Phone: 0043-4240-760 . Fax: 0043-4240-760-50 . This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Time-Table and addresses

World Spirits Award start of registration:
Registration for the WSA starts on 1 August. The “World Spirits Award” is limited to 450 samples – so please register in good time!
Invoices will be sent out from 1 August and should be settled immediately – participation is only confirmed following receipt of payment.

Registration (irrevocable) with number of varieties:
by November 1st, 2018

Registration form with detailed specification of varieties:
by December 1st, 2018

Receipt of samples with copy of registration form:
by December 15th, 2018

Tasting of samples:
January, 2019

Orders for the World Spirits classification and/or medal labels:
by February 5th, 2019

Proclamation of location & date of presentation of prizes: 15 February 2019

World Spirits Award Celebration: probably around the 15th of April – the exact date and location will be announced in good time.


Important Address

World-Spirits (Organisation & mail address for delivery of bottles)

WSA World-Sprits Award
Barbara Ortner
Untertscherner Weg 3
A-9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim
Tel: 0043-4240-760
Fax: 0043-4240-760 50
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World Spirits grants licences

systemThe „World Spirits“ organisation offers licence partners some interesting cooperation models.

„World Spirits“ licences
National events: individual countries have the opportunity to organise and hold national events according to the system of the „World Spirits“ event, e.g. „World Spirits Switzerland“ or „World Spirits Germany“. The cooperation extends from organisational and marketing support to the complete implementation and handling.

Taking Switzerland as an example, „World Spirits“ regards itself as „the“ spirits event concerning its conception in any country when considering and including as many institutions and organisations in the spirits sector as possible so that this event finds maximum support nationwide.


16 Years World Spirits Award


A. The short version for a quick overview

Der World-Spirits Award - Simply the best in Spirits

The mission: To establish, as the world's best competition with a distillery classification, an assessment standard that sets the ultimate benchmark in the world of spirits.

The objective: As a respected reflection of quality for producers and consumers, to fairly judge spirits from all over the world, taking into account their origin and tradition.

The system: To compile reproducible results and precise verbal descriptions using the transparent, accurate 100-point WOB evaluation system.

The jury: Perfection as the driving force for ongoing further training in the members' own interests, with regular taster training sessions as the basis for product and quality definitions.

The academy: Master of World Spirits training with checks of the individual's sensory performance enhances the scope of their knowledge and is the basic criterion for selection to the jury.

The person: Former world-class sportsman Wolfram Ortner lives and breathes the World-Spirits Award and knows the factors for success - performance, quality, transparency, fairness and self-assessment.

The vision: Simply the best in spirits - the World-Spirits Award is incomparable and always ahead of its time!


World Spirits Award registration - step by step

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    36061 Bassano del Grappa

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