The Global Masters is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing in entries from across the world. One of the key elements to its success is the quality and the dedication of the judges involved.

Every wine is measured on the taste of its grape and the skill of its winemaker. For the first time all preconceived ideas about the importance of location are pushed to one side as wines from across the world are judged by style and price exclusively.

All Global Masters are judged blind by the finest palates in the world – a panel of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers only. The best competing wines are awarded medals from Bronze through to Gold, and ultimately “Master” for exceptional examples.

The calibre of the judges guarantees international recognition of all the medals awarded.

Please contact us at awards@thedrinksbusiness.com for any queries.

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Calendar

Please find below the deadline for entry of our competitions:

  • January: The Global Chardonnay Masters
  • February: The Global Riesling Masters
  • March: The Global Fortified Masters
  • April: The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters, The Global Pinot Noir Masters
  • May: The Prosecco Masters, The Global Grenache Masters
  • June: The Global Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Masters, The Global Rosé Masters
  • July: The Global Sparkling Masters
  • August: The Global Organic Masters
  • September: The Global Syrah Masters
  • October: The Champagne Masters, The Global Malbec Masters
  • November: The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters
  • December: The Rioja Masters

Next Competitions

The Global Organic Masters 2019

The Global Organic Masters will judge certified wines from around the world, and is open to all styles of wine. See more info...

Closing date: 3rd June 2019

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The Global Sparkling Masters 2019

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned. See more info...

Closing date: 3rd June 2019

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Rioja Masters 2019

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Closing date: 1st August 2019

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Champagne Masters 2019

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Closing date: 15th August 2019

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The Global Syrah Masters 2019

As with all of the drinks business awards, our judging panel is comprised of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers making the competition globally renowned. See more info...

Closing date: 31st August 2019

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The Global Malbec Masters 2019

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2019. See more info...

Closing date: 30th September 2019

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Global Chardonnay Masters 2019

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Closing date: 30th September 2019

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Results

Green Awards 2018

Published on : 20 November 2018

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Rioja Masters 2018

Published on : 10 December 2018

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The Global Beer Competition

Published on : 06 November 2018

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The Global Syrah Masters 2018

Published on : 30 October 2018

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The Global Malbec Masters 2018

Published on : 26 October 2018

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Champagne Masters 2018

Published on : 19 September 2018

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Rioja Masters 2017

Published on : 18 September 2018

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The Prosecco Masters 2018

Published on : 02 May 2018

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Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Published on : 08 January 2018

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The Global Malbec Masters 2017

Published on : 22 November 2017

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The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Published on : 15 November 2017

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Champagne Masters 2017

Published on : 20 September 2017

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List of Competitions

The Judges

About the Global Masters

The Global Masters marks a distinct change in the way wine is judged. For the first time, preconceived notions of the importance of location are pushed aside, allowing wines from across the globe to be judged purely on style and price.
Each tasting identifies the best examples of its grape variety, from all around the world and from every price bracket, meaning a Bulgarian wine can be tasted alongside a Burgundian without prejudice or bias.

All Masters competition – whether regional or global – are judged blind, and we have been honoured to have some of the finest palates in the world acting as judges: our panels comprise solely of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and senior buyers.
Only the best competing wines are awarded medals, ranging from Bronze through to Gold and, for exceptional example, the title of Master. The calibre of our judges alone guarantees international recognition to all the medals awarded. We hope you appreciate the integrity of the selection process and, as importantly, enjoy the quality of the wines available.

Year on year, the success of our Masters series has grown – with hundreds of wines vying to become the Master in their category.
Both The Global and Regional Masters have resulted in some wonderful wines being recognised, and the popularity of the competitions is proof of their value in the market place.

Although The Global Masters was only launched in 2013, the tasting competition, encompassing styles from rosé to sparkling, and varieties such as Chardonnay and Syrah, has become the biggest awards programme by the drinks business, the world’s leading magazine for the wine and spirits trade.

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