WSA registration - step by step

WSA registration - step by step

> Step 1: Timetable & registration
Period: 1st August to 31st October 2022

> Start of registration for the World Spirits Award:

Start of the WSA registration is 1st August 2020. The "World Spirits Award" is limited to 450 samples - so please register early enough!

Invoices will be sent from 1st August and are to be paid immediately - participation will not be confirmed until payment has been received.
Then the detailed registration and the sample shipment will follow. See step 2 and step 3!

From 1st August to 31st of Ausgust the early bird rate (minus 10%) applies – after 1st September the normal price applies.

- Binding registration with number of samples: by 1st November
Or by e-mail with company address (Address of applicant) and number of products
- Invoicing
- Payment after receipt of invoice - surcharge of 10% if paid after 1st November

> Step 2: Detailed registration and mailing of photos with distillery description
Period: 1st October to 15th November

- Online Registration Part 2 following activation of tool
- E-Mail an Excel sheet with complete list of all necessary product details for registration (if product details are missing) by 15th November at the latest
- Submission of photo selection and information documents: by 15th November
- Documents for distillery portrait and photo selection via e-mail or web transfer

> Step 3: Sample shipment
Period: 1st October to 1st December

- No dispatch without payment and detailed registration
- Shipment of samples by 1st December at the latest
- Delivery note and/or pro-forma invoice
- Three (over 0.5 litres content) or four bottles (0.375 litre) per product
- Shipment address:

WSA World-Spirits Award
Barbara Ortner
Untertscherner Weg 3
9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria
Tel.: 0043-4240-760
Fax: 0043-4240-760 50
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> Step 4: Tasting & medal stickers or licence agreement
Period: 1st January to 8th February

- Tasting weekends are in January
- Announcement of medals (unofficially) by 5th February
- Ordering of medal stickers by 8th February - payment of invoice immediately upon receipt
- Licence agreements can be made from 5th February
- No information on exact results or feedback on submissions
- Mailing of medal logos only after Award Ceremony

> Step 5: Award Ceremony & publication of results & Communication
Period: Publication of results and mailing of digital medal logos from 22nd March, without exception!

- Announcement of venue for the Award Ceremony by 15th February and registration for Award Ceremony and Distillery Tour by 20th February
- Publication and use of official results on the day after the Award Ceremony
- Mailing of digital medal logos and distillery portraits within one week of the Award Ceremony
- Mailing of high-resolution medal logos on request and on declaration of intended use
- You need a licence agreement for ist use on bottles, labels, boxes …
- Mailing of medals/certificates within one week of the Award Ceremony - in the case of non-deliverability, further mailing at the expense of the applicant.
- The same applies for the shipment of the World Spirits Award Trophy including insurance. Caution: inspection together with deliverer due to danger of breakage – otherwise no claim for compensation possible!
- Mailing of the World Spirits Guide at the end of July/beginning of August

The participants undertake to timely meet the deadlines stipulated by the organiser for the registration, collecting of documents and photos etc. . Otherwise incalculable delays with the WSA organisation will occur. The work is subject to a very tight schedule and coordinated with different partners. If Packshots (bottle photos) for apps arrive too late, they can unfortunately no longer be used. This also applies to all other services  you „purchase“ with your participation.


> WSA Award Celebration 2022 in Bad Kleinkirchheim

19th March, 3 pm: World Spirits Award Celebration
At the ‚Brunnachhoehe' in St. Oswald in the Nock IN

7 pm: dinner together at the ‚Einkehr' in Bad Kleinkirchheim

World Spirits Award 2016

World Spirits Award 2023

Table of contents

1 Class rating of distilleries (World Class Distillery, etc.)
1.1 Procedure for the classification of distilleries
1.2 The rating system for the classification of distilleries

2 Awards for the best spirits (Spirit of the Year, etc.)
2.1 The rating scheme: The WOB system
2.2 Procedure of the tasting by categories
2.2.1 Practical implementation of the tasting procedure
2.3 The jury

3 Marketing for the industry and/or the participating distilleries

4 Regulations: Figures, data, facts, etc.
4.1 World Spirits Award - Simply the best in Spirits
4.2 Benefits of the total marketing package of the "World Spirits Award"
4.3 Classification costs
4.4 Force majeure and cancellation
4.5 Approved products and/or distilleries
4.6 Submitting and sending samples
4.6.1 Payment
4.6.2 Dispatch
4.6.3 Details for registration
4.7 Categories, groups and varieties

5 Advantages for WSA participants
5.1 What advantages result from the award, the medals won and for classified distilleries?
5.2 Using the "Word Spirits Award" trademark for advertising purposes
5.2.1 Purchase of medal stickers
5.2.2 Production of medal stickers
5.2.3 Printing of medal logos
5.2.4 Copyright regulations

6 Publication of the results
6.1 Documents (photos and texts) for entries in the World Spirits Guide and Spirits Finder Apps

7 The award ceremony for the "World Spirits Awards", medals and titles (diplomas)
7.1 Dispatch of medals and/or diplomas
7.2 World Spirits Award goes on a world tour

8 TOC - Supplementary General Terms and Conditions


World Spirits Award 2023 - Simply the best in Spirits

Information & bookings
World Spirits . Barbara Ortner . 9546 Bad Kleinkirchheim . Austria
Untertscherner Weg 3 . Phone: 0043-4240-760 . Fax: 0043-4240-760-50 . This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


World Spirits grants licences

systemThe „World Spirits“ organisation offers licence partners some interesting cooperation models.

„World Spirits“ licences
National events: individual countries have the opportunity to organise and hold national events according to the system of the „World Spirits“ event, e.g. „World Spirits Switzerland“ or „World Spirits Germany“. The cooperation extends from organisational and marketing support to the complete implementation and handling.

Taking Switzerland as an example, „World Spirits“ regards itself as „the“ spirits event concerning its conception in any country when considering and including as many institutions and organisations in the spirits sector as possible so that this event finds maximum support nationwide.


20 Years World Spirits Award


A. The short version for a quick overview

Der World-Spirits Award - Simply the best in Spirits

The mission: To establish, as the world's best competition with a distillery classification, an assessment standard that sets the ultimate benchmark in the world of spirits.

The objective: As a respected reflection of quality for producers and consumers, to fairly judge spirits from all over the world, taking into account their origin and tradition.

The system: To compile reproducible results and precise verbal descriptions using the transparent, accurate 100-point WOB evaluation system.

The jury: Perfection as the driving force for ongoing further training in the members' own interests, with regular taster training sessions as the basis for product and quality definitions.

The academy: Master of World Spirits training with checks of the individual's sensory performance enhances the scope of their knowledge and is the basic criterion for selection to the jury.

The person: Former world-class sportsman Wolfram Ortner lives and breathes the World-Spirits Award and knows the factors for success - performance, quality, transparency, fairness and self-assessment.

The vision: Simply the best in spirits - the World-Spirits Award is incomparable and always ahead of its time!


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