The NorthWest Wine Summit

Hello, and welcome to the NorthWest Wine Summit competition!

News / Updates

The website is being updated to include proper 2017 information. If anything doesn't work, please be patient.

Dates and Locations

This year's judging will be held in two parts.

First, the Canadian entries that are unable to make it to the USA will be judged on April 23rd and 24th, in British Columbia. Please see the tab Canada Info for more information, as well as other participating wineries that will help you get your wines to our judging site.

Next, all other entries in the NWWS will be judged on April 30th, May 1st, and 2nd in Hood River, Oregon, at the Columbia Gorge Hotel.

Philosophy

We are dedicated to producing the most competent judging experiences for wineries, judges and consumers. To that end, we:

  • Select a judging panel composed equally of wine makers from the region and wine professionals (journalists, distributors, retailers, sommeliers) and knowledgeable consumers from around the USA.
  • Employ technology to manage the more clerical aspects of the competition so that judges can focus on the wines rather than the judging process; and to assure that the judges results are promptly and accurately recorded.
  • Impose strict quality controls and independent reviews of the wines being judged. If there is any question, for any reason, that a wine is not at its best, a backup bottle will be used.

To enter your wines into the 2017 NorthWest Wine summit please click here, or click on the entry form button in the site's menu.

Important Information

Entry into the competition for wine requires 3x 750ml, or 4x 375ml bottles.
For spirits, only 2 750ml bottles or equivalent per entry are required.
Please send your entries to The NorthWest Wine Summit, c/o The Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, OR 97031 (541-386-5566)
We recommend you send your wines early so they may rest, and that they are clearly labeled for the NorthWest Wine Summit, "Samples for Judging Only - No Commercial Value".

About

The NorthWest Wine Summit is managed by VinoChallenge, LLC. It focuses on exclusively wines, ciders, sake, and spirits produced in the NorthWest, specifically from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.