2016 medal results now available!


End of judging team celebrations

End of judging team celebrations!

We are delighted to announce that the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships has awarded a record 149 Gold and 143 Silver Medals in 2016. To see the full list of winners, please go to our results page.

With 22% more entries than last year and producers competing from no less than 26 countries, including first time participants from Armenia, Croatia, Moldova and Ukraine, the CSWWC is the largest and most relevant sparkling wine competition in the world.

2016 Awards Dinner: Thurs 1st September

The overall trophy winners will be announced at this year’s Awards Dinner on Thursday 1st September at Vintners’ Hall in London. Doors open at 5pm for a pre-dinner reception, come tasting of a selection of Gold Medal winning wines. Dinner is 6.45 for 7pm and the evening will finish at 10.30pm. Dress: Black Tie.

To purchase tickets to this star-studded event please email Eva Callaghan on [email protected]. Tickets cost £195+VAT per head, including a four course dinner and wines. Due to limited numbers, they will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Showcase tasting for Medal-winning wines: Weds 26th October

To promote CSWWC 2016 Silver, Gold, Best in Class and Trophy winning wines, producers are invited to participate in our first ever Showcase Tasting in London on Wednesday 26th October 2016 for trade and press – in conjunction with FIZZ Sparkling Wine Show. The event takes place from 10.00am to 6.00pm at Church House Assembly Hall in Westminster and we expect around 350 trade buyers, retailers, influencers and press to attend.

The cost to enter your prize-winning Champagnes and sparkling wines is £75.00 per wine (+VAT if in the UK). To enter, please download the Showcase Tasting Booking Form, fill it in and return it to Eva Callaghan on [email protected] or contact Bryony Wright at [email protected] for more details.

2015 Results and full tasting notes

Charles King collects the 2015 Supreme World Champion trophy for Louis Roederer 2004 Cristal Rosé from Essi Avellan MW at the CSWWC 2015 Awards Dinner

Essi Avellan MW presents Charles King with the 2015 Supreme World Champion trophy for Louis Roederer 2004 Cristal Rosé

Full results and tasting notes from the CSWWC 2015 can now be found in the definitive guide to the best sparkling wines currently available on the planet: Tom Stevenson’s Champagne Sparkling Wine Guide 2016. Colour softback, black & white softback and Kindle editions are available from Amazon (click and scroll down).

The Niche Competition That Trade & Consumers Trust

Launched by the Champagne and sparkling wine writer and author Tom Stevenson, with the indispensable support and expertise of Essi Avellan MW and Dr Tony Jordan, the CSWWC is the first and only terroir-driven competition judged exclusively by internationally renowned Champagne & sparkling wine experts.

Open to effervescing wines of every style produced anywhere on the planet, all wines entered into the CSWWC are judged blind and evaluated strictly within the context of their origin and style.

The wines are judged to be Gold, Silver, Bronze, Commended, and No Award, but that is not good enough, so we took a leaf out of the champenois book. What makes a vintage better? Strict selection. After judging, we select only the very best as winners, rejecting Bronze and lower awards. For Deluxe Champagnes we even classify Silver medal wines as failures!

No competition in the world is as tough as this, and with three internationally renowned Champagne & sparkling wine specialists agreeing every medal awarded, no other global competition can match The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships for consistency and accuracy of judging.

The 2016 Schedule

  • 7th December 2015 – Online entries open
  • 15th April 2016 – Deadline for online entries
  • 29th April 2016 – Last date for bottles to arrive at SWS
  • 30th May 2016 – Judging commences
  • July 2016 – Medal results announced
  • 1st September 2016 – CSWWC 2016 Awards Dinner
  • September 2016 – Trophy Results and tasting notes in The World of Fine Wine
  • October 2016 – Gold & Silver medal tasting notes published in Tom Stevenson’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine Guide 2017 (Colour Softback, B&W Softback and Kindle editions – see here for the 2016 edition)
  • 26th October 2016 – Showcase tasting in London