Wine Competitions


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 29 years of the Festival's thirty-eight 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 2015

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

  • 167 entries in 2015
  • Gold Medals 26 Silver Medals 39 Bronze Medals 40 Total Medals 105
  • JOSEPH H. SWAFFORD BEST OF SHOW Emerson Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Willamette 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 2015 winners


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. There will be a limit of 75 entries for the 2016 Amateur Wine Competition. 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 2015 Amateur Wine Competition winners