Fair Wine Award

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Fair Wine Award

„The international competition for sustainable and environmentally friendly wines.“

unique . fair . international .

Under the motto “Fair has a future”, the international wine competition “Fair Wine Award” presents the challenges facing global viticulture in terms of climate change and adaptation to changing natural and social challenges.

These include wines from the traditional, classic grape varieties as well as wines from grape varieties that come from new grape varieties, are considered robust and vital, have special characteristics in terms of resistance to vine diseases, come from sustainable production or are to be regarded as historical grape varieties of a wine-growing region.

What they all have in common is that the grape varieties are adapted in a special way to the respective market and environmental conditions and enable a natural, environmentally friendly, sustainable and culturally valuable wine production.

With the “Fair Wine Award”, the organizers promote qualitative competition among producers and at the same time o ers an attractive opportunity to increase the recognition of wines and improve marketing.

A jury of experienced and professionally recognized wine experts and scientists guarantees an independent and technically accurate evaluation of the submitted wines. The awards for the individual wines thus receive a high reputation and recognition.

The following advantages await you

  • Their wines are judged qualitatively by an independent and knowledgeable jury of experienced wine experts and scientists headed by Dr. Hermann Pilz. This provides you with an objective assessment.
  • Winning wines will be awarded at the same time as EUROVINO (03 + 04 March 2024) and presented to the public from the trade and gastronomy in a tasting zone.
  • All winning wines will be featured prominently on Instagram & Co (including free photos)
  • Participation includes free marketing & public relations and is a door-opener into the German wine trade!

Dates & Data

  • Application start date: May 15, 2024
  • Registration deadline: August 21, 2024
  • Closing date: August 24, 2024
  • Tasting: August 25, 2024
  • Fee per wine: 125,00 €
  • For five wines we offer a discount of 5%
  • From 6 wines we grant a discount of 10%
  • Permitted wine categories:
  • (RES) Wines from climate- and fungus-resistant grape varieties and new varieties.
  • (NACH) Wines from environmentally friendly and sustainable production as well as organic wines (all grape varieties are permitted).
  • (HIS) Wines from historical grape varieties that were known as grape varieties before 1900, under 1,000 hectares of vineyards.
  • (SKF) Sparkling wines (from traditional, classic bottle fermentation, Method Rurale, Methodo Antico and Pétillant Naturel)
  • (SMC) Sparkling wines with designation of origin and single vineyard designation (also Charmat method)
  • (NOE) Natural wines, orange wines, experimental wines and wines from alternative fermentation and ageing containers such as amphorae, concrete cisterns, etc.


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Now new :
Categories extended . More submissions possible .


„Our wine jurors are experienced tasters with years of jury experience and are committed to a fair competition.“

experienced . professional . conscientious .

The tasting and evaluation of the submitted wines will be carried out by a professional, experienced jury of recognized wine experts and trained wine experts.

The samples are tasted covertly and evaluated sensorially according to the internationally recognized 100-point scheme.

The jury members receive the necessary information for the tasting of each individual wine, such as vintage and grape variety, which, however, does not allow identification of the individual wine.

In addition, the tasters receive further information on the production and marketing of the wine, which is carried out according to the entrant and/or the proposal of the jury board. This information also does not allow identification of the individual wine, but gives the taster information on how and for what marketing purpose a wine was produced.

The tasting for the 3rd FairWineAward took place on February 17, 2024 in Karlsruhe, at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center.

The jurors were:

RenateLieblLieber Liebls. Hirschegg (Austria)info@lieberliebls.at
ChristianWeisensteinWine carat, Ulmgenuss@weinkaraeter.de
MichaelReuther, Dr.Expert for wine & pricing, Neustadt a.d.W.dr.michael.reuther@gmail.com
IngeMainzmasterin wine, Ernst/Moselpost@ingemainzer.de
DenisDuhmeWine Intensive, Berlin/Tegernseedenis.duhme@weinintensiv.de
FlorianSchwanderJKI Federal Research Institute for Grapevine Breeding, Geilweilerhofflorian.schwander@julius-kuehn.de
JanisKreyWine&Glory, Cologneteam@wineandglory.de
ClaudiaSternTasting managementclaudia@wineandglory.de
HermannPilzTasting guidehermann.pilz@wsi-pilz.com


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In order to ensure high-quality and recognized competition, the percentage of award-winning products will be limited to a maximum of 40 percent of the wines submitted to the competition. The following award levels will be awarded to the award-winning wines:

  • Fair Wine Award 5 stars
  • Fair Wine Award 4 stars
  • Fair Wine Award 3 stars
Quality grading / descriptionPoints on the 100 scaleNumber of stars
defective, insufficient50-65 points
weak, with defects66-71 points
sufficient72-75 points
recommendable76-80 points3 stars
good81-84 points3.5 stars
very good85-89 points4 stars
excellent90-94 points4.5 stars
absolute top, world class95-100 points5 stars

Special Awards

In addition to the awards and medals awarded, the jury awards a prize for:

  • The best wine, sparkling wine of the category
  • The best producer, with the most and highest rated wines
  • Other special categories

Winner of the Fair Wine Award 2024-1

Impressions from the
Fair Wine Award 2023-2

Team Fair Wine Award