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About the awards

Closed for Entries
Winners will be announced on 21 February 2019

The World Vodka Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognised styles of vodka. Presented by, the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Vodka Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best vodkas to consumers and trade across the globe.

Taste categories

Flavoured Vodka
Minimum of 30% ABV. If more than one flavour is included in the vodka.
Pure Neutral Vodka
Distilled by any method (pot or column) from any permitted base material(s) and according to the country of origin’s regulations. Impurities in aroma and flavour should be filtered out to leave a clear spirit of clean, neutral character. Minimum 37.5% ABV.
Varietal Vodka
Vodka intended to be consumed neat or in cocktails whereby a little character determined by the base ingredient is acceptable, desirable even. A pure, clear and clean vodka, but not necessarily totally neutral.

Design categories

1 |Label design
This includes all aspects of on-bottle brand/product communication, including the application of any direct printing onto bottle, capsule or closure, as well as paper and film labels and sleeves. The pack will be judged on the overall design and quality of materials, print, decoration and application.
2 |Presentation
This applies to the secondary, outer, presentation packaging, such as cartons, boxes, cases, plinths, chests etc. The presentation will be judged on the overall effect with the bottle in place.
3 |Travel retail exclusive
Packaging created specifically for sale in the duty-free / travel retail market
4 |Limited edition
This category applies to pack designs where the number produced was limited, such as for a special production, occasion or season.
5 |Redesign / relaunch
This category refers to a new or refreshed packaging design created for an existing product and introduced to the market after February 1, 20i6. A picture or sample of the previous packaging must be supplied along with a description of what changes have been made and why
6 |New launch
Packaging for a new product launched after February 1, 20i6
7 |Brand design
This is a packaging design that carries through and unites a range or ‘family’ of different products from one producer or brand.

The judging process


The taste judging is held in three rounds.

Round 1
Each vodka is tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners. Judges making up the World Vodka Awards panel include international, leading journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

Rounds 2
Style winners are tasted against each other to identify the ‘Best’ vodka in each category.

Round 3
The ‘Best’ vodka in each category are then tasted against each other one last time to select the World’s Best Vodka. Judges at this stage include those in Round 1 and 2 to whom are added a panel of leading distillers and experts from the vodka industry.

All DESIGN judging is conducted by a panel of leading international design experts.

Please send 3 bottles. If you have entered only in design, please only send 2 bottles.


We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Procurus to provide a door to door shipping service exclusively for World Vodka Awards entrants.

You only have to enter and pack, they will do the rest. Have you registered your entries already? Login to your account to book your shipment now.

If you wish to ship your entries yourself, please send them to the address supplied in your account. If you are shipping your entries yourself, please ensure that all customs, clearance and any associated costs have been paid. If these are not paid, World Vodka Awards can either not accept the entries or will have to invoice any costs occurred, including a £25.00 administration fee.

Shipping deadline: All samples need to be received by 26 October 2018

Shipping Addresses

North American Freight
7385 Bren Road, Unit 1
Mississauga, ON
L4T 1H3

Contact: Matt Beavis
Phone: +1 905 565 5755

United States

Procurus USA, Inc.
1007a Trident St.
Hanahan SC 29410

Contact: Keith Zimmerman
Phone: 843.225.2351

All other countries

c/o Procurus Ltd
Cliff Road Industrial Estate
Cliff Road

Contact: Heidi Seaman
Phone: +44 (0)1394 799 024

For any enquiries regarding your shipments, please contact Anita Ujszaszi


Entry fees

 1 entry2 entries3 entries4+ entries
Taste & Design£245 + VAT each£235 + VAT each£225 + VAT each£215 + VAT each
Design£167 + VAT each£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each
Taste or Design£167 + VAT each£162 + VAT each£157 + VAT each£152 + VAT each
Taste & Design€315 each€305 each€295 each€285 each
Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
Taste or Design€210 each€205 each€200 each€195 each
Taste & Design$410 each$395 each$380 each$365 each
Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
Taste or Design$280 each$270 each$260 each$250 each
Canadian Dollar
Taste & Design$460 each$445 each$430 each$415 each
Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each
Taste or Design$320 each$310 each$300 each$290 each

Terms & conditions

All must be made online.
  • Entries are only accepted on a completed online entry form with the appropriate entry fee.
  • Any entry form which arrives incomplete, late or illegible and any product which is late or damaged may be deemed invalid.
  • If an entry is withdrawn by the due date or disqualified, the entry fee will be returned subject to an administration charge of 50% of the entry fee. Products will be retained by the Organiser.
  • The judges’ decision on all matters is final.
  • The Organisers may, at their discretion, refuse to accept an entry.
  • The Organisers may alter the closing date for the awards, place an entry in the most appropriate style, rule that an entry may not compete or is ineligible to compete, or alter the date, time or place on or at which the awards are scheduled to take place.
  • The Chair of Judges has the power to disqualify any entry not deemed as meeting the entry criteria.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of the UK.
  • Please note: bottles will not be returned.
  • Our policy on unreturned bottles is as follows:
  • Opened bottles may be poured at trade and consumer events to promote the individual brand
  • Closed bottles may be distributed to individual charities on a case by basis, or presented for auction, all proceeds going to charity.
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