Enter the Competition


About us

To make a great wine you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the world's most respected judges from around the world to the other side of that table. Competition on a truly international scale – all for the best of reasons – Giving Back. 


You must ship one (1) 750ml bottle for each entry, however we recommend shipping two (2) in case one bottle shows a fault.

Each bottle MUST be labeled with your name and the name of the wine. If your bottles already have labels with this information, great! If not, CLICK HERE for bottle labels to print, fill-out and securely tape to each bottle. 



It can be difficult for the home winemaker to ship wine to a competition. It is ILLEGAL to ship alcoholic beverages via the U.S. Postal Service - DON'T do it. Hand delivery is always best, but only makes sense if you live near Rochester, NY.

Commercial shipping companies such as UPS and FedEx are your best choices but are not guaranteed. They have company policies against individuals shipping alcohol and may refuse your shipment if they are informed your package contains alcoholic beverages. When you are speaking to a shipping agent, NEVER say "wine". So...

Thank you to the AWS Home Wine Competition Committee for the following information: By Federal statue, home winemakers, do NOT make "wine". Since it is not wine, but it is consumed, the Federal government classifies it as "food". This means that you can ship your homemade "food", and NOT lie about what it is. Therefore, you must label your shipping boxes with "Food Samples for Evaluation - No Commercial Value" and if asked, read that label to them.


All shipments should be packaged to withstand breakage and and shippng charges fully paid. Packages with postage due or C.O.D. charges will be rejected. Commercial wine shippers, specifically, made for the shipping of wine, work best. Or you can line the inside of the box with a plastic trash bag and use plenty of packaging material, such as bubble wrap, around the bottles.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

Call John Cordeiro at 585-770-1022 if you have further questions.