The 2019 Competition Has Ended

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Award Winners!!



Our Judges

WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES. The 2019 competition had the greatest group of international judges in North America - the most influential people in the wine industry, including Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, retailers, importers and wine industry writers and consultants. Stay tuned for our 2020 line-up of Judges...

Competition Results

Over 1,400 entries from around the world were judged in 2019 ...

... by 32 judges representing 12 countries over 2 days of competition ...

... click MORE to see the Results!

Consulting Winemaker

Martin Palz

Dipl. Paed. (graduate pedagogue) Ing.(oen.) Martin Palz

Beim Johanniskreuz 18a, 8430 Leibnitz, Austria

Born on September 25th, 1976 in Graz, Austria as son of a winegrowing family in Klöch



1991-1997 Federal college and Research Institute for Viticulture and Pomology, Wienerstrasse 74, A-3400 Klosterneuburg;

1997 state certified wine taster

1998-2000 University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy

Professional life:

2000 – 2002 Federal Office of Viticulture in Austria, Office Silberberg, Styria

2002 -           Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry in Styria – Dept. Viticulture, Consulting Winemaker

2000 -           (Lecturer at WIFI, Weinacademy, Lfi, Master education)


1994 Winery Hutter, Feldbach, Austria

1995 Winery Tiefenbrunner, Alto Adige, Italy

1996 Agriculutral Research Center, Dept. fruit-growing and viticulture, Graz, Austria

1997 Associated Vintage Group Hopland (Vintage Wine Estates), Mendocino County, Cal.

Study tours:

USA, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Suisse, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic

National and International tastings:

SALON Austrian Wine, Styrian Wine Competition (hosting), Vino Ljubljana, Vino Slovenija-Gornja Radgona, Vinoforum-Maribor, Thessaloniki Wine Competition, Budapest