What is the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition?

Sponsored by WineMaker Magazine, based in Vermont, USA

The Winemaker International Amateur Wine Competition is the world’s largest amateur wine competition from WineMaker Magazine. If you’re a hobby winemaker, you can enter your best homemade wines into the competition. In 2017, there were 2,497 entries from 7 countries in 50 categories. In 2018 there were 2,299 entries received from 48 American states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 7 countries.


How Can The WineMaker Competition Help You?

This is a fabulous opportunity to see how your wine stacks up next to other hobby winemakers. Find out whether winemaking should become your day job or stay your fun hobby. All wines submitted will receive valuable feedback from the judges even if they are not medal winners, so you’ll know how to improve for next year.


Important Dates for the 2019 Amateur WineMaker Competition

  • Deadline for Wine Entries: March 15, 2019

  • Judgement Dates: April 12-15, 2019 in Vermont

  • Results Announced: May 16-19, 2019 at the WineMaker Magazine Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, USA


What is the WineMaker Conference?

All levels of hobby winemakers will gather on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City. Networking, workshops, seminars and more are available for attendees of the conference to learn and share experiences. Go early or stay late to participate in full day winery tours and winemaking boot camps in the area.

2019 marks the first year in the Midwest! Michigan ranks #4 in USA grape production with 13,700 acres of vineyards consisting of about 3,050 acres in wine grapes. This midwestern US state attracts over 1.7 million winery visits each year generating millions of dollars in wine tourism. Michigan is considered a cool climate grape growing region with five official American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

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