Entries have opened for the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014, with thousands of wineries expected to compete for medals, including the coveted International Trophies.
Wineries have until 7 March to enter this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), and can do so online via the DWWA website.
More than 14,000 wines from 61 countries were entered for last year’s DWWA, making it the world’s largest wine competition.
A haul of six International Trophies for Australian producers led to worldwide media coverage of a resurgence in the country’s wine sector.
Prominent among several changes for 2014 is a new-look judging line-up. Jasper Morris MW, author of Inside Burgundy and buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd, is this year’s regional chair for Burgundy, while Richard Juhlin has been appointed regional chair for Champagne.
Other new regional chairs for 2014 include Paolo Basso, named best sommelier in the world this year, who will oversee entries from Piedmont. Master Sommelier Isa Bal is another new name and will cover the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean region, which is often dominated by Turkey.
Decanter consultant editor Steven Spurrier chairs the awards, with Gerard Basset OBE MS MW as guest vice-chair.
The final date for receipt of bottle samples is 21 March, before judging week takes place from 28 April.
Full results will be posted on decanter.com on 25 June.
Written by Decanter.com staff