Entry into the Australian & New Zealand Wine Awards 

Terms & Conditions

Entry into the Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards (ANZBWS / ANZBWA / The Awards) is subject to the following terms & conditions. By proceeding to enter, you are agreeing to adhere and be bound by these terms & conditions:

Entry requirements:

  • You are submitting your entries to the Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards before or at the time of the dispatch of your bottles.
  • Entries are submitted on-line through the DrinkMe Digital platform. Entry Fee must be paid on-line by credit card. By special arrangement we can accept bank transfer. Entry Fee payments must clear into Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards Bank Account before the Entry in respect of which the Entry Fee has been paid, will be judged.
  • You must send in a minimum of 3 bottles per entry for judging before the closing date.
  • Costs per entry are: 1-4 entries = $89 per entry; 5-8 entries = $79 per entry; 9-12 entries = $69 per entry; 13+ entries = $59 per entry.
  • Entry fees include all applicable taxes and all costs associated with handling, warehousing, international freight, customs clearance, duties payable, administration and photography once received into our warehouses.
  • Entries must be final finished labelled wines and of the vintage entered, completely bottled when submitted. Tank samples will not be accepted as entries into the Awards.


  • Wineries must cover the costs of their own freight & insurance during all freighting periods between the cellar door / warehouse and the nominated collection point in Auckland & Sydney.
  • Absolute closing deadlines for stock receipt are detailed on the website. Note – the deadlines published are for stock received into the respective warehouses – this means that stock must be sent well in advance of this deadline. It is the Entrant’s responsibility to ensure that they deliver the entries to the respective depots before these deadlines.
  • Freight labels will be emailed automatically upon submission and payment of entry fees to each participant with specific information pertaining to each entry contained therein. Please ensure that these labels are printed, completed in full and QR codes scanned prior to stock dispatch. Please ensure the freight labels are securely attached to your boxes before dispatch.
  • Reminder – we do not send stickers to wineries. All stock is sorted upon receipt into our warehouses.

The Awards:

  • Where possible all entries will be tasted in their respective class unless there are insufficient entries in the class, in which case Entries will be tasted in the most appropriate class as decided by the Awards.
  • The judging results for all individual entries will be made available in the weeks following release of the results via the Drinkme Digital portal and in each entrants account. Entrants can request by email a summary of the judges’ opinions of their entries in the absence of a published tasting note.
  • Judging feedback for each wine will also be published on the Awards website together with scores, bottle images and medal designations.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and will not be open to challenge.
  • Entrants will not have any involvement in the appointment of the judges.


  • By submitting an entry all Entrants agree that in the event of gaining a winning entry, they agree to take part in any publicity reasonably requested by the Awards.
  • Two dozen bottles of the class trophy winning wines are required to be supplied at no cost to the Awards for related marketing, promotional work and events to be held after the results have been released.
  • The names of all winners in all Classes will be published on the Awards Website once results have been released.
  • Entrants agree that they will only use Awards name, logo and associated marketing material to promote specific winning Entries. Only the Trophy, Red Wine of Show, White Wine of Show & Wine of Show winning Entries may be promoted as overall winners of the ANZ Boutique Wine Awards.
  • Winning Entrants may publicise their award provided the year in which it was won is stated.
  • The Awards Logo is the property of ANZ Boutique Wine Awards and any unauthorised use, reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited. Any breach may result in a ban from entering the Awards in the future.
  • Winners may download high resolution logos from the website. In doing so they agree that these will only be used for the promotion of winning entries in a specific year via digital mediums.
  • Medal may not be reproduced as stickers unless written permission is given by the Awards.
  • Bottle stickers can only be purchased directly from the Awards website.


  • The Awards may vary these T&Cs at any time without notice to the Entrants. Any revision of these T&Cs will be placed upon the Website without notice to Entrants. In the event that the Entrant does not agree to be bound by any amended T&Cs, they must withdraw from the Competition.
  • All Data will be held on databases operated and maintained by the Awards. Such data will be used for the purposes of maintaining business contact records, updating Entrants on Award activities and for use upon the Website.
  • By entering, I give permission for the Empire Wine Group Pty Ltd, t/a The Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards to access, use or reproduce content (text, images & video) from my company website & social media accounts for the purposes of marketing and promotion.
  • All samples entered become the property of the Awards & will be used at our discretion for all related tastings, photography, archiving as well as related marketing, promotional and educational purposes. Title in the stock entered will pass to the Awards upon receipt of the entries to ANZBWA fulfilment depots. We also work closely with and donate a small cross section of stock submitted to various Sommelier training organisations annually.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable. No refund or credit of an Entry Fee will be given including but not limited to circumstances in which an Entry is disqualified, withdrawn, damaged or fails to arrive on time.
  • Any breach of the T&C’s will result in the disqualification of the Entrant and their entries and the forfeit of all fees paid.
  • Key dates published (including Judging) are subject to change without notice. We will however endeavour to keep all participants up to date should changes arise. The Awards reserve the right to cancel and re-schedule the event at any stage, and for any reason including circumstances which are outside of the Awards control.
  • In the event of a dispute, the Awards decision will be final.