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
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1 Class rating of distilleries (World Class Distillery, etc.)

The "WSA" is a classification of distilleries (e.g. brandy, whiskey, rum, cognac, moutai, tequila, etc.) into the following categories:

- World Class Distillery
- Master Class Distillery
- First Class Distillery
- Recommended Distillery

The awarded distilleries may use this rating (per category) as an official classification - in connection with the vintage.

1.1 Procedure for the classification of distilleries

This section concerns the rating of a distillery based on all their products submitted per category.

Using a brandy producer (category fruit brandy) as an example, the requirements are:

1. The distiller must submit at least five products per category for the tasting of the different varieties. He can also submit products for several categories to be classified, for example, as a distillery for fruit brandy, whiskey and gin.

2. The varieties (e.g. category fruit brandy) have to be registered and represented in at least three product groups, for example stone fruit (drupes), pomaceous fruit (pomes), berries, wild fruits, wine products or special varieties. The number of varieties (groups) and variety groups/product groups differs, depending on the individual categories. The average in points of all the products per category is determined for the classification.

3. Distillery classification results from the mean value of the average points of all the varieties from a distillery and the sample with the highest number of points for that category.

4. The three distilleries with the highest number of points per category are moreover awarded the title "World Spirits Distillery of the Year" in gold, silver and bronze. The prerequisite for this is the classification as "World Class".

1.2 The rating system for the classification of distilleries

World Class Distillery: 92 to 100 points
Master Class Distillery: 90 to 91 points
First Class Distillery: 85 to 89 points
Recommended Distillery: 80 to 84 points

Categories gin and vodka:

World Class Distillery: 93 to 100 points
Master Class Distillery: 91 to 92 points
First Class Distillery: 86 to 90 points
Recommended Distillery: 81 to 85 points

The organiser of the event reserves the right to change these point ranges at any time.

2 Awards for the best spirits (Spirit of the Year, etc.)

Every year, the "WSA" is honouring the best products of the different varieties (Spirit of the Year), variety groups (World Spirits Award) and categories (World Spirits Award) (e.g. Williams pear, cognac, rum, vodka, etc.).

In each case, the "World Spirits Award" goes to the producer with the best product of a group in terms of points attained (the prerequisite for this is a double gold) - e.g.: fruit brandy - "pomaceous fruit", fruit brandy - "stone fruit", grappa - "aromatic grappa", etc. (see Point 4.7 : "Categories, groups and varieties") - and the best distillery within a category.

2.1 The rating scheme: The WOB system

The rating will take place according to Wolfram Ortner's spirits rating system. This is a 100 point system specifically designed for spirits with five rating criteria.

A. Criteria

1. Fragrance - Typicality and intensity

This is where the aroma intensity of a product and also the taste typical to its variety are being rated. What makes a fruit rate positively or negatively is determined at the training of the tasters, for example a raspberry can have the taste of citrus fruit, hay, somewhat like marzipan, or simply typically fruity. In the case of spirits with special criteria in terms of production (e.g. grappa with sugar and aromas added), a different product understanding is required. Also, consumers' expectations must also be taken into account in order to facilitate an assessment that is as objective as possible.

It is by the taster's judgement that the product shall be classified, for example, as O.K. (O), or as very good (+).The excellent rating (++) should only be used when more than 95 points have been reached. Each (+) of the spirits per category increases the points per category by one. The increase is realistic concerning fragrance, taste and harmony - the rating in the "purity" criteria should only be increased if a very extraordinary product is in question and 99 or even 100 points should be awarded.

2. Fragrance - Purity, deficiencies

Here, the deficiencies in fragrance which negatively affect the results due to a lack of care during production and/or distillation (foreshots, feints, etc.) are addressed. As soon as a product shows even a slight deficiency, it is to be rated with a (- -). If the product passes, then it is to be rated with a (+).

3. Taste - Typicality and intensity

An intensive taste and the typical features of a variety, as well as the density and complexity of a product, are rated positively. "Weak" products or those that are not typical to their variety will be negatively rated.

4. Taste - Purity, deficiencies

Deficiencies in taste are addressed at this point. In all other respect, the procedure is the same as described in Point 2, with products only to be rated with (+) or (- -).

5. Harmony

The general harmony of fragrance, taste, alcohol (as well as wood or sugar) and the density of the spirits are used as a last criterion for the rating and round off the results.
If a product has been rated (- -) in one of the other categories, the same rating must also be assigned for this category as a logical consequence. The only "exception" is an upgrade by one point to (-) if a product has been rated (- -) in the "Purity" category but is perfect in all other respects.

Coffee distillates

Coffee distillates should generally blend well with coffee. These products distinguish themselves with particular density, length and sweetness. They can be stored in wooden barrels, but can also be distilled using stone fruits, grapes or wild fruits. The criteria of how well the products harmonise in the "Coffee distillates" category is much more strictly assessed than with spirits in other groups.

Cigar distillates

Cigar distillates have to be a perfect accompaniment to smoking - the range of cigars extends from Dominican (light) to Cuban (heavy). The distillates must be stored in wooden barrels and exhibit particular density, length and sweetness. The criteria of how well the products harmonise in this group is much more strictly assessed than in other groups. As alcohol also has an influence, an upper limit of 53% vol. has been set. Spirits that have a higher alcohol content generally go well with cigars - higher proof ones go better with heavy cigars, while spirits with a lower 40% tend to go better with lighter cigars.

B. Assignment of points per criterion

( - - ) Deficient/very weak: 10 points
( -- ) Weak: 13 points
( O ) O.K./good: 16 points
( + ) Very good 19 points
( + + ) Exceptional: 20 points

C. Rating scheme

95.3 to 100 point: DOUBLE GOLD: World class, extraordinary product
90 to 95 points: GOLD: Top product
80 to 89 points: SILVER: Good to very good product
71 to 79 points: BRONZE: Average product
65 to 70 points: Weak or slightly deficient product
Under 65 points: Deficient product

D. Written description

All rating criteria are separately explained in writing for each distillate and presented to the submitting party in the form of a summary.

E. Publication

All spirits rated at 71 points and above will be publicised - spirits rated under this level will not be publicised in order to not damage their companies. In the personal rating report, these results will be stated and sent to the submitting party.

2.2 Procedure of the tasting by categories

Every product submitted is always rated independently by three different teams (one line). Each team consists of two persons (A/B) and produces a group rating. The individual teams are formed in such a way that taster A is always an expert for the respective variety. In the case of specific products, such as whiskey, etc., a team always consists of taster A who is an expert for this category or group, and one taster from the area of brandies. The category/group expert guarantees the special expertise, the brandy taster the specifically fine sensory evaluation. This way, it is guaranteed that the rating is as objective as possible and shows credibility.

Each sample will be individually processed and assessed. The product will be tasted by eight people - six jury members, an assistant and Wolfram Ortner. He carries the overall responsibility and can tip the scales in case of unclear jury decisions.

The results shown on the rating forms are evaluated by the assistants. In the case of unequivocal group decisions, the average of points of the majority will be used. In the case of discrepancies within a team, the specialist's rating is decisive. In cases of doubt, the assistant will decide whether the spirits have to be tasted again. If there continues to be a tie, another assistant will be consulted. The ultimate decision-making authority will always be retained by the organiser, taking into account the opinions of the entire jury.

2.2.1 Practical implementation of the tasting procedure

- Serving of four (covered) glasses for each taster - temperature uniformly 18°C
- Determination of individual opinions without comparison of the samples
- Rating by acronyms for each criterion, followed by calculation of points
- Checking of the individual opinion for the empty glass and, where necessary, correction
- Determination of group results
- Handling of deviations
- Checking of jury results

2.3 The jury

The jury is composed of extensively trained and experienced tasters from the spirits trade, as well as distillers. The individual teams are always selected according to categories and will have experts added to them. The tasting is under the direction of Wolfram Ortner, who will also be responsible for the entire organisation and realisation of the "WSA". A team (experienced tasters and organisers) consists of six tasters and one assistant who is responsible for the organisational work per line during the tasting.

3 Marketing for the industry and/or the participating distilleries

The event organisation of the "WSA" also involves marketing measures for the participating classified and/or awarded distilleries in the form of intensive public relations and trends created for the different product lines.

4 Regulations: Figures, data, facts, etc.

Timetable

World Spirits Award start of registration:
Registration for the WSA starts on 1 August, 2018 . 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.


The current version of the WSA Regulations and the registration documents are available for download (in five languages) from our website at www.world-spirits.com

Important addresses

World Spirits
(Organisation & postal address for delivery of bottles)

WSA World Sprits Award
Barbara Ortner
Untertscherner Weg 3
9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim
Austria
Phone: 0043-4240-760
Fax: 0043-4240-760 50
www.world-spirits.com
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4.1 World Spirits Award - Simply the best in Spirits

Wolfram Ortner, a former professional skier, is continuing his success story as a promoter of the world of spirits. Just as the world championships are considered to be the ultimate for athletes, he is striving with the "World Spirits" trademark towards a great goal: improvement of the international distillates culture by theoretical work and practical implementation of the subject.

With "World Spirits", a new proprietary trademark was brought into the world of spirits in 2004. Behind this is a comprehensive marketing concept and an organisation with the goal of improving the international culture of spirits and the classification of distilleries. The spectrum of activities is wide - from the thorough training of a jury and organisation of the ratings to the accompanying PR measures.

After 15 years, the "World Spirits" trademark has become established in many respects and is referred to by industry insiders as the "World Championships" of the international awards.

The "World Spirits Award"

A survey has revealed that the "World Spirits Award" (WSA) is considered to be the best and highest award on offer by industry insiders and is highly regarded as such.

Jury & Academy

No award comes with a more educated jury than the WSA as part of the "World Spirits Academy". Only spirits experts who have been trained as testers by the WSA and undergone positive checks can secure themselves a place on the jury. Participants from other competitions as well as recognised specialists all have to start their training with the WSA from the starting blocks.

The assessment system

To ensure as objective an assessment as possible, symbols instead of points are primarily used. The WOB system, based on five assessment criteria and characteristics each, enables transparent and traceable results. Verbal descriptions are available in German and English.
Distillery classification

The WSA is the only competition which also encompasses distillery classifications. The title of "Distillery of the Year" is also awarded.

Communications

"World Spirits" sees itself as a PR agency which works throughout the year for all the participants and in the broadest sense for the spirits industry as a whole. The results and business portraits can be found online at www.world-spirits.com in the Online Guide and in the Spirits Finder. They are also available in printed form in the "World Spirits Guide". Ongoing editorial work for the international press and media partners demonstrates the quality and professionalism of the WSA communications work.


4.2 Benefits of the total marketing package of the "World Spirits Award"

- Partnerships with different media in the individual countries  
- Press releases at regular intervals
- Press activities structured by topics and/or regional, national and international points of focus and areas of interest
- Press activities focusing on the topic of "spirits" (e.g. gastronomy magazines: tips regarding sensory perception and sales)
- Tasting of the products
- Diploma with medal for award-winning products
- Results of the company rating with precise description and points achieved
- One copy of the overall results as a PDF file
- Publication on the Internet
- Company link on the "world-spirits.com" site for one category
- Publication in the "World Spirits Guide" (German and English)
- Publication in the "World Spirits Online Guide" (www.world-spirits-guide.com)
- Publication in the "World Spirits Finder" (www.spiritsfinder.com)
- Press material for the winners - preparation and mailing
- Company portrait for press activities and publication in WS media, as well as for personal, cost-free use(German and English)
- Trend-setting (coffee distillates, cigar brandies, spirits counters, etc.)
- Invitation of the award winners to the festive award ceremony of the "WSA"
- Photo session with participants who are present at the award ceremony and free use of photo material
- Stainless-steel plaque with the classification results
- 20 copies of the "World Spirits Guide" (German and English)
- Rights to use the trademark name "World Spirits Award" (these are defined )
- New WSA participants’ benefit: Free publication of all products in the WSA app

Product photos for the WSA app

You have the possibility, when publishing your products in the WSA app. Please make sure that the photos are provided in perfect quality. Size: 404 x 800 pixels with 72 dpi ppi.

4.3 Classification costs

Costs of submission to the "World Spirits Award" by variety

- First product entry Euro 910,-net for a distillery or brand, if registered and paid BEFORE 31st  of October
- First product entry Euro 990,-net for all registrations with open payments made AFTER 1st of November 

Each additional product entry (per distillery or brand) costs 205 EUR when paid BEFORE the 31st of October.
Each additional product entry (per distillery or brand) costs 220 EUR when paid AFTER 1st of November.

Due to our limit on capacity (450 products), space for participation will be scarce after November 1st, however, registrations could still be possible. Please send request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The icon that shows “Payment ” at the bottom of the registration page will take you directly to the online shop to make payment.

4.4 Costs of the sensory analysis of the spirits during a tasting course

(no connection to the "WSA")

Points and written description for the product (in German).

- Per variety: EUR 120.00 (net)
- Chemical analysis: EUR 220.00 (net)

Analysis with "GC" in accordance with Codex - Chapter B 23 (alcohol, total ester, fermentation by-products, extract, hydrocyanic acid)

There is a special registration form for this analysis which you can send along with the samples.

These tastings are carried out approximately every two months, and the applicant will receive a textual assessment which can be used for product descriptions. However, it is not permitted to use this textual assessment for advertising in connection with the "World Spirits" trademark.

4.5 Approved products and/or distilleries

As a general principle, only those products which are also sold on the market are allowed - in other words, the products available to the consumer at any given time and corresponding to the general legal rules of their country of origin. Spirits are admitted in the form corresponding to the legal rules of their respective countries. However, EU Regulation No. 1586/89 is of overriding validity. The information on the registration form about sugar, for example, must be accurate. Only in the case of fruit distillates are two groups rated separately:

1. Fruit brandies (pure distillates without external alcohol, added aroma or sugar)

2. Fruit spirits with added external alcohol and sugar (blended products)

Should a product be submitted under the category of fruit brandy, for example, and later on it turns out that sugar was added, then this variety will be eliminated from the rating and will not be reclassified among fruit spirits! Therefore, please pay attention to the information submitted with the registration.

At the time when the awards are granted, there must be at least 20 litres of the product available, ready to be bottled and sold, which will also be controlled by the organisers. Only those spirits which are also available on the market may be submitted. During registration, the precise batch and vintage has to be stated, the same way it is declared for retail sale (if it is indicated on the label at all). A product that was already awarded with a distinction must not be submitted again for rating - this applies to the same vintage and batch.

In order to guarantee the safety of the classified product for the consumer, the products submitted must correspond to the products sold. Fractions are not permitted.

If there are no additional specifications for a variety, the sample submitted is deemed to correspond with the annual production of the respective variety (type of fruit), and the contents of all bottles sold must be identical. Only the batch number will be considered.

Special designations on the label are permitted (World Spirits, Reserve, Superior, etc.). However, the above-stated rule applies as well: the quantity submitted and the quantity sold throughout the year must be identical.

Subsequent controls will only be based on the vintage or batch number. Other batch numbers will be automatically considered "non-identical" and penalised accordingly.

4.6 Submitting and sending samples

Only fully completed registration forms which are corresponding to the guidelines are processed- or activating the checkbox with the online registration respectively.  The participants fully accept the General Terms and Conditions and the Regulations  of the "World-Spirits Award".

By signing the registration form (or ticking the checkbox with the online registration), you are declaring the correctness of the information submitted and are consequently liable for any possible misrepresentation.

The registration is to be conducted online at www.world-spirits.com

The registration with company stamp and signature has to be e-mailed, faxed or sent by post, and an original copy enclosed in the cartons of the submitted products.

4.6.1 Payment

Registration to the World Spirits Award must take place using the online form at www.world-spirits.com and is separated into two sections.

With the log-in and registration in the shop, payment of the registration fees can be made by credit card or advance transfer. With advance transfers, the payment confirmation must be mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If the correct registration fees are not paid via the shop, the fees will be charged later by the organiser. Participation is only possible once full payment has been made.

Following payment, the detailed registration for the individual batches will be activated for the participant online and full registration can be carried out at any time during the official registration period.

For registrations made up to 1st November a cancellation fee of 50% of the registration fee will be retained. Following this deadline, cancellation is no longer possible and the full registration fee will be charged.

Immediately following registration for the WSA, the applicant will receive the invoice for the samples, which must be paid within seven days. In the case of late payment we are unable to guarantee that the products will be tasted. It is not possible to reimburse any costs or return the samples. Any costs incurred due to late payment must be borne by the applicant.

Without exception, all WSA services must be paid for in advance. If payment is not made in due time, we will be unable to provide the services ordered by the applicant.

The dispatch of the samples must take place at the expense of the submitting party - this also applies to possible costs incurred by customs duties and/or import charges. Should we be charged customs duties, these costs will be passed on to the submitting party and must be paid within the specified period of time for payment, together with the costs for the award contest.

If the payments for the award contest are not made in due time, the samples will not be further processed, will not be rated, and will also not be returned to the submitting party.

The specified prices are quoted net, exclusive of 20% VAT. If a VAT number is provided, we can invoice the amount to EU partners without charging value-added tax.

For countries outside the EU, the amount is also invoiced on a net-value basis. Any customs duties that may arise will also be charged. Please declare the shipment as "sample consignment".

In the case of registrations after the official registration closing date, a surcharge of 10% will apply.

4.6.2 Dispatch

The shipment must be in stable cartons and the individual bottles have to be safely packed in order to prevent possible breaking. Please mark the cartons with "fragile" and declare the shipment as "sample consignment".

Should the samples arrive after the deadline for submitting, they cannot be considered anymore and will remain with the organiser for tasting purposes.

For every submitted variety, there are three 0.5 litre bottles (or bottles with a content of more than 0.5 litres) or four 0.35 litre bottles required in their original packaging, meaning original bottles with original labels, as those intended for retail sale.

We also need an original label in each case (can also be e-mailed digitally), and the retail and trade prices of all products submitted for participation need to be listed in the application form.

Please also send us a selection of photos on CD or via e-mail (showing the entire production process - basic product, processing and distillation up until the finished bottle) in print quality free of charge for publication in our media and for the WSA PR activities.

We recommend that you use a shipping agency to send us your samples and to handle all import and customs formalities. This enables you to save costs.

The products must be shipped with an appropriate delivery note, which is also used by the organiser for delivery control purposes. If this is not the case, the delivery note must be provided later.

For non-EU states, the delivery package must be accompanied by a pro-forma invoice with exact details - however, a lower price can be implemented for tasting products. This invoice is required for the import of goods and the calculation of custom duties for Austrian Customs.

Why we need this many bottles:

  • If during transport just one bottle in a batch gets broken, you are thus saved the expense of sending a single new bottle.
  • If the jury determine a cork failure at the tasting, a further bottle will be served, to make sure participants are fairly treated.
  • If there is a problem with the tasting, we can fall back on bottles from previous years.
  • Samples will be used ONLY among jury and academy participants for product assessment within the competition or training purpose and are NOT to be resold.

4.6.3 Details for registration

A wholesaler or importer's own brands must also be submitted separately according to category - with or without classification. There must be a separate registration for each producer, which will be invoiced accordingly.

When registering, importers or wholesalers must, in addition to their own details, provide the details of the producer and confirm the producer's consent and the correctness of the information. The certificate shows the address of the producer of the spirits.

The product declaration on the label must correspond with the registration (product definition).
If fault is found with a product submitted in category 1 (OBB) (e.g. because of sugar or for other reasons), it will be assigned automatically to category 2 (OBS).

Modifications liable to costs

Upon registering, please make sure that no false information, typing errors, etc. are entered. Subsequent corrections will be charged according to the effort required. This also applies to the re-issuance of certificates.

If batch number and vintage are not stated on the registration form, we assume that the product submitted is a standardised product which is always produced in the same quality and according to the same recipe.

Submitted products (according to registration) are all included without exception in the evaluation and are published with medal rankings and classifications.

4.7 Categories, groups and varieties

1. OBB: Fruit brandies and/or 100% distillates (fruit, wine, wild fruits, grain, etc. - 100% distillates, without sugar, external alcohols and aromatic additives)
2. OBS: Fruit spirits & distillates, blended products containing fruits, wine, wild fruits, grain, etc. - with external alcohols and/or added sugar and/or aromatic additives
3. COG: Cognac
4. ARM: Armagnac
5. BRJ: Brandy Jerez
6. SAB: South African Brandy
7. BRA: Brandies worldwiide
8. CAL: Calvados
9. GIWO: Gin & vodka
10. GRA: Grappa
11. MAR: Marc
12. KOR: Grain brandy and other grain products
13. BILI: Herbal spirits, bitters and liqueurs, exotic spirits and other spirit types (ouzo, pastis, absinthe, gentian, masterwort, caraway, etc.)
14. RUM: Rum
15. TEQ: Tequila
16. ASP: Asian spirits
17. WHU: USA - American whiskeys
18. WHI: Whiskey Ireland
19. WHS: Whisky Scotch
20. WHA: Whisky worldwide (remaining whiskies)
21. PIS: Pisco
22. CAC: Cachaca

 Special varieties and group definitions

On registering, please be aware of the special definitions for the products, so that these can be assigned to the correct group for tasting.

Special definitions apply to the following groups and products:

Vodka:

- Western Style: As neutral a style as possible
- Old Eastern Style: Minimum recognisable aroma of the base product

Gin:

- London Dry Gin: Clear presence of juniper
- New Western Style: Harmony between juniper and botanicals, no dominance of juniper

The products to be tasted are tasted in the category for which they have been entered.

Please make sure - especially with gin, vodka, etc. - that they are submitted in the correct sub-division of the respective category!

Entry in the wrong sub-division can result in deduction of points during judging.

There are clear definitions; wrongly entered products will at worst be assessed as “non-typical”.

 

=> Download - EN Regulations - Categories Regulations: Figures, data, facts, etc.
Categories, groups and varieties 

=> Online-Registration


5 Advantages for WSA participants

5.1 What advantages result from the award, the medals won and for classified distilleries?

We would like to inform you that the "World Spirits Award" is a protected trademark and that therefore the use of the "WSA" trademark has to follow certain guidelines in order to be able to prevent and/or oppose possible abuse. Medals won and the "WSA" can, of course, be used in your press material.

5.2 Using the "Word Spirits Award" trademark for advertising purposes

 Immediately following the tasting (beginning of February), the participants will receive the unofficial results. Medal positions and classifications may not be published.

This information merely serves the ordering of sticker medals or licence agreements on the use of medals on the bottles for advertising purposes.

Further information on the procedures are available under "step by step". Just a few notes on procedure:

The medal stickers will be presented at the awards ceremony or delivered afterwards. With larger quantities, if desired (for custom issues), we would be happy to separate the invoice into licence fees and printing fees.

The medal logos in print quality are only available to participants with licence agreements. Logos or stickers may only be used on the day after the award ceremony.

We will not be providing any additional information on top of the information provided by e-mail in connection with our research work. Detailed information remains with WSA.

Adhesive medal stickers

For advertising purposes, adhesive medal stickers can be purchased from WSA. There is also the possibility to print the sticker onto the labels. Concerning this, we would kindly ask that you contact us so that we can make an individual offer to you.

Distilleries which have been classified can also use this rating for their press material, advertising texts, etc. Adhesive labels for the bottles are available referring to the achieved category of the award; the classification can also be printed on your labels. In both of these cases, the ranking of the qualification can be printed on all of the adhesive labels, or on all of your labels.

Regarding this, we would kindly ask that you contact us so that we can make a binding offer for the entire annual output to you. Should you be unsure about whether usage of the trademark is permitted under the applicable guidelines, please contact us so that we can confirm the permission, if applicable.

"World Spirits" medal; using the "World Spirits Award" trademark for advertising purposes

Awarded "World Spirits" medals can be used by producers for advertising purposes. If an applicant produces printed material or advertising media in which the winning of a medal or an award is stated, distinctions regarding the "World Spirits" Award have to be stated including the information about the vintage year (stating the variety and vintage year of the product), e.g. "World Spirits Award Gold - Cherry 2004" or, in the case of classifications, "World Class Distillery 2004"). Regarding "special uses", we request a short consultation. For spirits granted an award, the respective medals should be stated on their price list. The medal logos must be used in their original form.

5.2.1 Purchase of medal stickers

Producers can purchase World Spirits Award adhesive stickers depicting the medals for their bottles only in those quantities stated on their registration forms. If larger quantities than those indicated on the registration form are available, you can also order medal stickers for the total production volume of bottles with identical quality. Prices are tiered according to volume and will be provided upon request. For bottles with identical quality - i.e. the quality that has been granted the WSA award - the medal stickers ordered may be used until the product is sold out, without any limitation as to time.

Various liabilities

Should problems concerning quality arise with external services on our part (e.g. medal stickers, medals), then we will appraise these as rapidly as possible and, if necessary, provide a replacement. Please send the products to us at our office, so that we can inform you of further procedures. With medal stickers, etc. there is no right of return, as these are especially produced for the customer.

 5.2.2 Production of medal stickers

The production of medal stickers by the producers themselves requires a license agreement with "World Spirits" - in that case, the original must be used with a logo (no exceptions!). Conditions of use, procedure and costs are regulated by the license agreement.

5.2.3 Printing of medal logos

If a producer wishes to use a medal logo in connection with the bottle, a licensing agreement must be concluded with "World Spirits". Use of a medal logo means that the medal is depicted on the label (front or back), on a tag, a transparent film wrapped around the bottle or on the bottle packaging box.

5.2.4 Copyright regulations

The following applies for the production of medal stickers by the producer itself and for the printing of medal logos on labels, etc.: For vintage products such as fruit distillates or millésimes, medal stickers may be produced for the entire produced lot of the spirits. For standardised products based on recipes such as bitters or liqueurs, but also for cognacs or armagnacs (target: consistent quality), medal stickers can be ordered for a maximum of two years. After that period, the product has to be re-submitted and the quality must be assessed by the WSA jury in order to continue to use the medal logo for advertising purposes.

Medal stickers or medal logos represented on the labels of products may be used (on the basis of an agreement to that effect) for a period of not more than two years from the date of submission and publication of the results. Of course, the products for which the medal representation is used must always be identical in terms of quality, classification and vintage year.
WSA authorises the "licensee" to make use of the medals by representing them on the labels of the products quoted for a period of not more than two years from the effective date of the agreement or start of use.

After that two-year period, no more labelling may be undertaken before a renewed submission to "WSA" for confirmation of the quality of the product has entitled the "licensee" to renew utilisation of the license.

Concerning infringements of copyright regulations, the organiser grants a one-month period after written notification to correct any "erroneous use". If this request should not be honoured, legal steps will be taken.

6 Publication of the results

Before the official granting of the "WSA" awards, no information on the results can be released. This applies both to the participating companies and to the press, along with other interested parties.

The results will be disclosed to the press and the winners during a press conference immediately preceding the award ceremony.

After the official granting of the awards, the results will also be placed on the Internet and distributed to the press by e-mail.

On the day following the official award ceremony, there will also be up-to-date pictures available for download (menu item "Press") at www.worldspiritsaward.com

6.1 World Spirits Guide Registration

An one-page portrait article that covers your distillery will be in the WSA Spirits Guide free of charge for WSA participants, with the pre-requisite that the following documents must be submitted by 1 December 2018:

• Factual Information that could make up the outline of the article (facts about your company, team, products, etc.), please EXCLUDE descriptions for advertising or PR purposes!
• Photos (company, people, production, bottles) in print quality, 300 dpi landscape, royalty-free and copy-right-free. In landscape format and preferably croppable.

The photos are used specifically for the Spirits Finder on www.world-spirits.com and the WSA Spirits Finder app (free download in the App Store and Play Store).

** Please understand that the distillery portrait articles are meant to be IMPARTIAL JOURNALISM and we remain the right to edit the final text as well as to photo selection in order to maintain our editorial integrity.

At the end of March we will email you the distillery portrait in both German and English, together with the results.

In July, you will receive a screenshot of the page in the guide - for the final check for typo (name, address, website, e-mail, etc.). Should that be a change in shipping address, please inform us right away.

Addresses are taken from your registration, so please complete them carefully and completely.

7 The award ceremony for the "World Spirits Awards", medals and titles (diplomas)

The award ceremony will take place in the context of a festive event.

Since the press will be taking photographs, we kindly ask participants to observe the dress code for the event. We would like to invite you to an aperitif before the award ceremony.

Those to be honoured are

"Spirit of the Year"

Title for the variety winners (which can also be groups, e.g. apple) with at least double gold (the granting of the award is based on the number of submissions per variety).

"World Spirits Awards"

Title for the group winners (e.g. pomaceous fruit, stone fruit, etc.) and category winners only (the granting of the award is based on the number of products and/or distilleries).

"Distillery of the Year"

The three best companies in the classification of every category will be awarded with medals and the title of "Distillery of the Year - Bronze" or "Distillery of the Year - Silver", and the best company with the highest number of points will be awarded with the title "Distillery of the Year - Gold".

Photos will be taken during the Award Ceremony, which will be made available to you and us for press relations and communication. Please bring a bottle of your award-winning products to the Award Ceremony so that photos can be taken with the bottle and the medal. The bottles you bring can also be tasted and commented on by participants after dinner, if you like.

Parties invited to the "WSA" or provided with press information:

Print media (daily, weekly and monthly newspapers, magazines, etc.) Electronic media (TV, radio and Internet)

At the award ceremony, all winners (award winners, Spirit of the Year, category, group and variety winners) and WSA participants present (for the best personal product) will be called.

Participants who are not present at the award ceremony will receive any awards won (trophy) by post at their own cost, including insurance (not applicable for medals and certificates).

Only the submitting party receives the requisite documentation and information from us (for the registered distillery).

At the award ceremony, all winners (award winners, Spirit of the Year, group and variety winners) and WSA participants present (for the best personal product) will be called.

Participants who are not present at the award ceremony will receive any awards won (trophy) by post at their own cost, including insurance (not applicable for medals and certificates).

Only the submitting party receives the requisite documentation and information from us (for the registered distillery).

7.1 Dispatch of medals and/or diplomas

The certificates accompanying the medals and the personal results will be sent by post immediately after the granting of the awards. Should the submitting parties be present at the award ceremony of the "WSA", they can pick up the medals, etc. at the information booth after the official ceremony. However, in this case, we must be informed that you will be present at the "WSA", so they will not be dispatched beforehand.

Medals and diplomas will only be dispatched after full payment of all invoices (e.g. customs and delivery fees, etc.) has been made.

If you provide us with your FedEx number, you will receive the diplomas, medals, etc. much faster - at your own expense.

Medals, diplomas and medal stickers will be dispatched at your own risk. We will be happy to take out a transport insurance policy for you.

Sending of the World Spirits Awards

If it is not possible to deliver the awards to the winners within the reasonable period of two months, or for the winners to organise a parcel service within this period and at their own cost, in order to receive the award, the right to claim the physical award expires.

 7.2 World Spirits Award goes on a world tour

To do even more justice to the title of "World Spirits", in 2015 Wolfram Ortner will expand the concept of the successful spirits competition and will go out into the world. This way, we can keep up with the ever-increasing internationalisation of the WSA.

Details of the tour

The homeland of the most successful participant will provide the platform for a 'high spirited' tour.

  • Highlight is the award presentation in the distillery of the superstar or in a chosen town. Naturally all participants of the WSA are welcome to join in the celebrations - primarily of course, it will involve visitors from neighbouring countries. The participation of representatives of the press and celebrities is also planned.
  • Conclusion of the award presentation is a festive dinner, at which the family character of the event will be emphasised and enhanced. The costs for the dinner are to be settled by the participants themselves - the WSA will take on the organisational role.
  • As a supporting programme there will be a distillery tour in the winning country. On three to five accompanied days, there will be no shortage of specialised know-how and expert knowledge to be passed on.

Dates of the tour

Always on 15 February of the respective event year, the country will be announced in which the tour will take place. The award presentation will take place in May of the same year. On this day, all the results of the World Spirits Award will be made public.
So that the World Spirits Award really tours the whole world, the winning country has to take a break for 5 years, even if the 'superstar' wins again.
As you can see, we are always looking for new ways to separate the best from the best!

Where will the presentation of prizes take place?

In which country the award ceremony will take place depends on how many award winners come from a country and who the superstar of the last WSA is. In consultation with the winners or potential organisers, it will be decided whether, where and when the prizes will be awarded. If no interest is shown in participating, the 'next' will be contacted and will receive the possibility of hosting the ceremony. The locations for the presentation of the prizes can be a distillery, trade fair or other locations in a suitable town or city.

The more manufacturers and the more products that take part in the WSA from one country, the greater the possibility that the main prizes (awards) will be awarded to this country. It may well be that there is one ceremony overseas and one in Europe.

In 2012 this concept was tried for the first time in China in the Diao Yü Tai State Guest House in Beijing: with the Gold Medal Award Celebration for the Moutai and the Chinese nation, respectively.

What is the procedure at the event?

We honour the superstar in their own country and, of course, invite all award participants from around the world to be there too. Participants who are present in person and the superstar will be presented with their awards, titles and medals, and participants who are not personally present will have their prizes sent to them.

The 'superstar' may invite friends, VIPs and press to the award ceremony at their own cost. The organisation will be carried out together, the expenditure shared: costs for participants of the WSA and those persons invited by the WSA will be assumed by the organiser, the location and equipment is to be provided by the winner.

After the award ceremony, everyone will have dinner together in an attractive restaurant. The costs are to be borne by the participants themselves.
Registration for participation in the award celebration must take place by 15 March. An educational trip can be booked in connection with the ceremony (3 to 5 days, visits to distilleries, etc.).

The packages that are booked (hotel, dinner and educational trip) shall be paid by 25 March at the latest after invoicing. Later registration is unfortunately either not possible or subject to additional costs.



8 TOC - Supplementary General Terms and Conditions

koessler2awardsBy submitting its products and with its legally binding signature, the submitting party or the distillery agrees to the general terms and conditions (TOC) of the "WSA" in their entirety. These general terms and conditions and the WSA Regulations are published on the website www.world-spirits.com.

The submission of identical products (also under other company names or via another company respectively) is permitted only with the announcement to the WSA. The product and the submitter must be disclosed. A violation is followed by the exclusion from the WSA.

WSA does not assume any liability for printing errors or erroneous information in any World Spirits publications, including the Internet press releases and press information material.

Photographs made available to WSA by participants, either electronically (by e-mail) or as prints, may be used free of charge for our own purposes, for PR and for communication purposes of any kind. It is hereby expressly agreed that the royalty-free publication of such photographs is permitted and even desired. www.world-spirits.com shall be cited as the source.

Participants shall have no influence on the texts or the contents of the portrayal of their companies or on WSA press releases. No proofs can be made available prior to publication. Texts are compiled on the basis of the documents/materials made available to WSA. These texts may be used by the participants free of charge in the language versions made available to them.
The results of the product judgement are final and absolute and cannot be challenged legally. The participants agree to accept the judgement without reservation.

Distillates which are awarded medals will be analytically examined through random sampling after the publication of the results, as well as in the case of suspicion of "deficiencies". If differences are found, additional research will be initiated by the organiser of the event. If the suspicion is confirmed, the costs of further investigations will be at the expense of the respective producer. This shall apply, in particular, in the case of suspected aromatic additives - the costs are up to EUR 3,000.00.

The purchase of bottles for inspection will take place anonymously. If deviations which are contrary to the rules should arise (declarations on the purchased bottles must be identical to those on the registration form - sugar content, alcohol, etc.), the company will initially be warned and granted the possibility of correcting complaints within a year, after which more detailed inspection will be carried out. Five of the company's products will be acquired from the market, analysed and compared. The costs for the additional purchase and the ensuing ten analyses will be at the expense of the producer. Moreover, a fee of EUR 500.00 will be charged for the training of World Spirits tasters.

Each variety submitted must be constant in quality. The submitting of fractions is not allowed - the entire output per variety has to be blended. We recommend that the entire quantity per variety be diluted at once, in order to assure only minimal differences at the inspection. Should it turn out, in the case of subsequent inspections, that identical products have been submitted, the medal will be denied and a penalty will be imposed.

All the distillates awarded with a distinction in the category of fruit brandies (100% distillates without sugar, aromatic additives, external alcohols) will be analytically examined for their sugar content and authenticity. Should a 100% distillate be found to have sugar or aroma additives added, and has been declared by the participant in the category of "without sugar", all of the costs of the analysis will be at the expense of the participant. This rule is applied, in particular, when award-winning products are found to be not identical with those products sold on the market. In this case, a penalty of EUR 2,000.00 will be imposed in order to cover the necessary investigations and/or costs. If the costs should exceed the amount of EUR 2,000.00, the exceeding costs will also be charged or, if necessary, collected through legal proceedings.

In the case of offenses, the penalties assessed are not contestable and, if necessary, will be legally claimed by us. If, within a year, these measures do not prove to be effective, the producer's identity will be made public at a World Spirits press conference and the corrected results will be published in various media. Cost: between EUR 2,000.00 and 3,000.00.

Various deadlines
The deadlines stipulated by us are binding and must be respected by the participants. In cases of late delivery of photos, text suggestions, etc. we are unable to take special wishes into account.

Any medals won can only be used for advertising purposes in the form of medal logos after the prize ceremony – failure to adhere to this regulation will result in a penalty fine of EUR 3,000.

Austrian law shall apply. Pursuant to the provisions of § 104 of the Austrian Law on Court Jurisdiction (JN), the local competent court of Bad Kleinkirchheim shall have subject matter jurisdiction.


Bad Kleinkirchheim, 1 August 2004 - revised and expanded in 2012

World Spirits Award registration - step by step

  • Step 1: Timetable & registration
    Start of the WSA registration is 1st August. The "World Spirits Award" is limited to 450 samples - so please register early enough!

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