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Our mission is to encourage producers to raise the quality bar continually through year on year feedback on their wines; and to guide wine lovers towards the best champagnes and sparkling wines on the planet.

Tom Stevenson.

Welcome to the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), the toughest and most respected sparkling wine competition in the world. We offer the widest available benchmark of world-class sparkling wines, highlighting ‘the best of the best’ in bottle, magnum and jeroboam formats.

The CSWWC is the only international wine competition in which every wine is judged exclusively by world class sparkling wine specialists: founder Tom Stevenson, Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan, together with permanent reserve judge George Márkus. Uniquely, this guarantees the most reliable results and allows both producers and wine lovers to chart the quality progression of sparkling wines year on year.

All wines are tasted blind and by origin to ensure medal winners are evaluated within the context of their typicality of provenance. Each wine is conventionally assessed as either Gold, Silver, Bronze, No Award, Possibly Faulty or Definitely Faulty – BUT, unconventionally, we recognise and award ONLY Gold and Silver medals, ensuring that all CSWWC medal-winning wines are very special.


  • Friday 19th December 2017 – online entries open
  • Friday 1st February 2018 – Early bird offer ends for online entries
  • Thursday 29th March 2018 – Online entries close
  • Friday 20th April 2018 – Last day for receiving sample shipments
  • Monday 28th May to Friday 8th June – Judging
  • July – Medals announced
  • October – Awards Dinner in London

How To Enter


Am I eligible?


Entry process



Access results

CSWWC 2018 offers reduced price multiple entry offer

March 1st, 2018|

Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018 – reduced price multiple entry offer - In response to demand, the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships has extended its wine producer offer. UK-based importers, merchants and [...]

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018 opens for worldwide entries

February 15th, 2018|

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) is officially open for 2018 entries. The CSWWC is the first and only terroir-driven competition judged exclusively by internationally renowned fizz experts, who all taste each and [...]

A Tale of Two Bottles

November 16th, 2016|

It was a cosy little tasting in the private cinema of The Soho Hotel with Régis Camus last night. The raison d’être was, of course, the UK launch of Rare Rosé 2007, which proved to [...]

Lanson on-trade in magnum

October 24th, 2016|

When Lanson released their stylishly presented ‘Pere et Fils’ (effectively the previous release of Black Label, benefitting from an extra year on yeast) exclusively for the on-trade, its invigoratingly fresh, crisp fruit and long, complex [...]

The Judges

Find out about our expert world class judges


Tom Stevenson


Essi Avellan


Tony Jordan


George Markus