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Newport in February has conducted the longest continuous wine competition in the Northwest. This is an exciting opportunity to taste award-winning wines, meet the winemakers responsible for them and discover why the wine world is coming to Oregon in search of the best.

For the last 31 years of the Festival's forty year history, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best-In-Show awards have been handed out to the most consistent achievers in a Commercial Wine Competition marked by one strong field after another. This early-in-the-year look at Northwest wines offers clear evidence of which wineries are on track and who to watch at other festival showcases around the country throughout the year.

Click to view the Best in Show winners from 1987 to 2017

Wineries that have been selected as festival participants from the Pacific Northwest are eligible to enter this prestigious competition.

  • 181 entries in 2017
  • Gold Medals 30 Silver Medals 22 Bronze Medals 44 Total Medals 96
  • JOSEPH H. SWAFFORD BEST OF SHOW D'Anu 2013 Sangiovese from Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley.

Judges are selected on the basis of wine knowledge, experience in wine judging, and a general familiarity of the northwest wine region. Entry applications and rules are sent to the wineries approximately thirty days prior to the judging. The results are released to the press, the entrants, the judges and the public after the judging is completed.

Click to view the 2017 winners

Amateur

This wine competition is open to amateur winemakers only and offers an opportunity for these individuals to have their wines independently evaluated by a panel of judges. Wines are scored on a 20 point system based on sight, smell, taste and overall quality.

Categories include: Dry Fruit, Sweet Fruit, Dry Berry, Sweet Berry, White Vinifera, White Non-Vinifera, Red Vinifera, Red Non-Vinifera and Specialty, a category which includes all wines not found in other specified divisions.

Click to view 2017 Amateur Wine Competition winners