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World Maderia Awards 2022 Open for entries

We are delighted to announce that the World Maderia Awards 2022 are already open for entries. In these challenging times we want to give you as much time as possible to register and complete your entries.

New for this year is our custom-built shipping system in partnership with DHL. You can now book in your shipments easily through your online profile.

The World Maderia Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognised styles of Maderia.

Every entrant receives…
  • A personalized World Maderia Awards tasting note
  • Invitation to the World Maderia Awards final round tasting in London

    Winners receive…
  • Extensive coverage on
  • High resolution logos
  • International, regional and national coverage targeting Maderia consumers and trade buyers
  • Boxed set: inclusion in the World Maderia Awards boxed set, featuring the winners
  • Point of sale materials including: stickers and collarets with your award in corporate collars
  • All country and world winners are featured in the annual Best Spirits publication

    Medals, Certificates and Trophies receive…
  • Medal, certificate and logo pack
  • Country certificate and logo pack
  • World Style certificate and logo pack
  • World’s Best Trophies, certificate and logo pack

    Taste categories

    From a single year, aged continuously in wooden casks for at least 5 years.


    Medium Dry

    Medium Sweet


    Extra Reserve
    15 years or older


    Medium Dry

    Medium Sweet


    Old Reserve
    Special Reserve or Very Old, 10 years or over.


    Medium Dry

    Medium Sweet


    At least 3 years old.
    Aged a minimum of 5 years.


    Medium Dry

    Medium Sweet


    Finest, Choice, or Select 3 years old but below five years of age.
    Frasqueira, 20 years or older


    Medium Dry

    Medium Sweet



    From the grapes of a Declared Vintage Year.

    Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)

    Has remained in vat for between four and six years before bottling.

    Filtered or unfiltered

    Single Quinta Vintage

    Produced from wines from a single estate.

    Design categories

    Bottle Design
    The overall design of the glass or PET bottle: shape, colour, functionality and any embossing, decorative finishes, coatings or direct printed elements as well as visual appeal.
    Label design
    This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
    Limited edition
    This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
    New launch
    Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 2019.
    This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
    Range design
    This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.
    Redesign / relaunch
    This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 2019. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
    Travel retail exclusive
    Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market

    The judging process


    Round 1
    Each Maderia is tasted in its relevant category to identify and select the category winners. Judges making up the World Maderia Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

    Round 2
    The ‘Best’ Maderia in each category are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Maderia.

    All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

    Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.


    Brexit and shipping from Europe

    Customs Declarations will be required from 1 January 2021 for shipments between Great Britain and the European Union (and vice-versa). Although the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement refers to 'zero tariffs' (zero customs duties), this doesn't replace the need to generate a Customs Declaration and so a Commercial or Pro-forma Invoice is required. The trade deal only applies to Customs duties, meaning that in most cases Customs duties will not be applied to goods fulfilling all necessary "rules of origin" requirements. However, VAT will still be levied. Customs declarations are therefore required for goods to clear the border, as the UK will have left the single market and the customs union. Country-specific restrictions will still be in place and any associated licences will also be required.

    If you have any queries regarding the shipment of your samples, please get in touch via email with subject line ‘World Drinks Awards shipping query’

    Shipping Deadline (Product needs to be received by): 5 February

    Our delivery facility is open for entries. All samples should be delivered to Norwich, UK.

  • Ensure your products are packed securely.
  • Print the packaging slip from your online profile for each product
  • Complete the Quantity and ML specification
  • Attached the pack slip to the outside of the box if possible, if not please include in the box
  • If you have multiple entries per box, please attached all pack slips to the outside of the box

    The pack slip is not a customs document.

    If you have also entered your products into design, no additional product needs to be provided.

    Quantities required
    3 bottles of each product entered should be supplied with a minimum volume of 500ml
    (For premix – please use beer specifications)

    If you have only entered design, 2 bottles of each should be provided.

    We are delighted to introduce our new shipping system which. You can then ship your entries straight through our own booking system in conjunction with DHL. For a set shipping fee, we get your shipment booked in and arrange for pick up. This fee will then cover any duties as well.

    When you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Beer Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee. All duty invoices will come directly from our accounts team.


    Entry fees

    Note: price is for each entry
     1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
    Taste & Design£245 + VAT£235 + VAT£225 + VAT£215 + VAT
    Design£169 + VAT£164 + VAT£159 + VAT£154 + VAT
    Taste or Design£169 + VAT£164 + VAT£159 + VAT£154 + VAT
    Taste & Design€315€305€295€285
    Taste or Design€210€205€200€195
    Taste & Design$410$395$380$365
    Taste or Design$280$270$260$250
    Canadian Dollar
    Taste & Design$460$445$430$415
    Taste or Design$320$310$300$290

    Terms & conditions

  • Products must be sent by prepaid post and be received by the Shipping Date listed.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the Due Date (or disqualified), the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be made available for collection at the entrant’s expense or retained by the Organiser if not collected within eight weeks of the Due Date. Due Date is the entry deadline.
  • If an entry is withdrawn after the Due Date, no refunds will be given. This includes entries for which product has not been received.
  • Payment in full is required before judging commences.
  • Substitutions of entries is possible, but needs to be communicated to the World Drinks Awards prior to the Due Date.
  • If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid in advance. If these costs are not paid, the World Drinks Awards will invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee. If these costs remain unpaid, the World Drinks Awards are unable to accept the entries.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles are unable to be returned. Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
    o Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand, or included in a charity bottling, the proceeds of which are distributed to charity.
    o Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds of which are distributed to charity.
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