Trophies & Best in Class

Only Gold medal wines compete for Best in Class and Trophies.

Wines are automatically categorised by the competition administrators (entrants are unable to choose their own category) into the most appropriate class or, where applicable, more than one appropriate class.

If there are no golds in any category, no further awards are possible.

Best in Class

Style Classes

  • Brut Nature (non-aromatic grapes, 0-3g RS)
  • Blend (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Blanc de Blancs (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Blanc de Noirs (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Rosé (non-aromatic grapes, 0-15g RS)
  • Off-Dry (non-aromatic, any style, 16-34g RS)
  • Demi-Sec (non-aromatic grapes, any style, 35-50g RS)
  • Sweet (non-aromatic grapes, any style, 51+g RS)
  • Aromatic Brut (aromatic grapes, any style, 16-34g RS)
  • Aromatic Off-Dry (aromatic grapes, any style, 16-34g RS)
  • Aromatic Demi-Sec (aromatic grapes, any style, 35-50g RS)
  • Aromatic Sweet (aromatic grapes, any style, 51+g RS)
  • Dry Red (0-15g RS)
  • Off-Dry Red (16-34g RS)
  • Demi-Sec Red (35-50g RS)
  • Sweet Red (51+g RS)

Special classes

  • Library Vintage (any grapes, any style, minimum age: 20 years)
  • Future Release (for a wine not yet available but due to be released before June of the following year, must be vintaged, unless it is a brand new non-vintage or multi-vintage cuvée)
  • Classic Brut Style* from non-classic grape
  • Magnum
  • Value
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
*In this instance it can be any pure varietal classic style (i.e., Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs or Rosé) and Brut includes any wine labelled or technically qualifying as Brut Nature, Extra Brut or Brut. Non-classic grapes consist of varieties not traditionally associated with a recognised brut style sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier for Champagne; Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo for Cava, Glera for Prosecco etc.

Special Champagne class

  • Single Vineyard (any style)
  • Best Grower Champagne

Deluxe Champagne Best in Class

There is no distinction between Multi-vintage and Vintage for any of these classes, with the exception of Library Vintage, which must be a vintage of at least 20 years of age.

  • Blend
  • Blanc de Blancs
  • Rosé
  • Library Vintage
  • Magnum
  • Best Deluxe Champagne

Regional Champions

The Best in Class winners from each regional appellation will be re-tasted to determine the overall Regional Champion

National Champions

World Champion Trophies (by style)

  • Classic NV Brut* Blend
  • Classic Vintaged Brut* Blend
  • Classic Blanc de Blancs Brut* (vintage or non-vintage)
  • Classic Rosé Brut* (vintage or non-vintage)
  • Library Vintage
  • Sparkling Red (any sweetness, vintage or non-vintage)
  • Sparkling Aromatic (any sweetness, vintage or non-vintage)
  • Classic Brut Style** from a non-classic grape
*Brut includes any wine labelled or technically qualifying as Brut Nature, Extra Brut or Brut.
**In this instance it can be any pure varietal classic style (i.e., Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs or Rosé) and Brut includes any wine labelled or technically qualifying as Brut Nature, Extra Brut or Brut. Non-classic grapes consist of varieties not traditionally associated with a recognised brut style sparkling wine, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier for Champagne; Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo for Cava, Glera for Prosecco etc.

Special Trophies

  • Chairman’s Trophy
  • Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year
  • Supreme World Champion