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As part of the fifth annual Wines & Vines Packaging Conference, Wines & Vines is sponsoring a competition to choose the most outstanding wine packages on the market. A jury of wine industry professionals will determine the winners in five (5) categories.

All wines made with grapes from North American appellations have the opportunity to be recognized. The winning entries will be featured in the October 2018 issue of Wines & Vines and featured at winesandvines.com.

Professionally Juried Categories
  1. Best Classic Format Package Design
  2. Best Alternative Format Package Design
  3. Best Luxury Package Design
  4. Best Package Redesign
  5. Best Package Series Design

Important Dates
  1. Call for entries January 16, 2018 – March 16, 2018
  2. Winners will be announced at the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference on Aug. 9, 2018

People’s Choice
In addition to being entered in the juried wine packaging competition, the top finalists will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice category. The finalists will be displayed at the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference, where all attendees will have a chance to vote for the most outstanding package.

How to Enter
1.  Complete online entry form.
2.  Send your package and a copy of your online receipt* by Wednesday, March 23, 2018 to:
Wines & Vines,
Attention: Rebecca Arnn,
65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite A,
San Rafael, CA 94903

* If you are submitting multiple entries, an online receipt is required for each entry.

3.  If your package includes multiple pieces, please label the pieces that should be included in the contest. Please mark multiple box shipments with box number and total number of boxes shipped (box 1 of 3, box 2 of 3, etc.).

4.  For entries in the Best Classic Format Package Design, Best Alternative Format Package Design and Best Luxury Package Design, only 1 piece will be judged.

For entries in the Best Package Redesign category, send the former package along with the redesigned package. (2 pieces total)

5.  For entries in the Best Package Series Design category, submit between two (2) and five (5) packages from the series.

Please note that case packs, gift boxes and other packaging accessories will not be judged.

Rules and Eligibility
You are eligible to compete if you are a North American winery, wine industry packaging supplier or graphic designer. The package is eligible if it contains wine from a North American appellation, was produced (filled) between March 1, 2016, through July 31, 2018, and is currently available or was available to the general public between those dates. For purposes of this contest, submissions can include wine boxes, wine bottles, wine bags or cans. 3-liter maximum. No individual parts or prototypes—complete packages only. Submissions from previous years may be resubmitted if: 1. The entry is still eligible and 2. If it was not a medal winner in the category in which it is being entered 3. The entry has been redesigned since previous entry. Please note that entry into the contest does not guarantee that the entered package will be displayed at the conference (see below). Wines & Vines reserves the right to photograph any entry and reproduce it in publications, conference marketing efforts, on our website and social media. Please ensure that you have your brand owners consent before entering.

Wines & Vines may refuse any entries that arrive after Friday, March 23, 2018. The entrant is responsible for the shipping costs of their wine. Double check that the wines shipped match the entry form. Wines & Vines is not responsible for any lost or damaged entries. Wines & Vines will not return wines that were sent incorrectly. Entries submitted without completing online entry form will not be accepted.

Please note that packaging samples will not be returned. Packaging samples will be donated to various local college wine/enology programs. Submission fees are non-refundable for any reason and are due at time of entry submission.

Professionally Juried Judging
The 2018 Wines & Vines Packaging Design Awards will be judged by an independent panel of wine industry and design industry experts.

The winners will be announced at the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference on Aug. 9, 2018.

Judging Criteria
Category: Best Classic Format Package Design
This category is open to classic glass bottle formats, such as 750 ml bottles. Packages will be judged on their visual appeal, design functionality, appropriateness for the price segment and the creative utilization of the classic bottle format. Note: Only 1 bottle per entry should be submitted for this category.

Category: Best Alternative Format Package Design
This is open to any packaging not in a classic bottle format. Examples include: cans, boxes, bags, plastic, etc. Packages will be judged on their visual appeal, design functionality, appropriateness for the price segment and creative utilization of the alternative packaging format. Note: Only 1 piece per entry should be submitted for this category.

Category: Best Luxury Package Design
Open to any packaging format that retails for $40 and higher whose packages are designed to compete and succeed on high-end restaurant wine lists and in fine wine shops against luxury wines from around the world. Packages will be judged on their visual appeal, design functionality, appropriateness for the price segment and quality of packaging materials used. Note: Only 1 bottle per entry should be submitted for this category.

Category: Best Package Redesign
To enter this category, please send the former package along with the redesigned package (2 bottles total). The redesign must have been introduced to the marketplace between March 1, 2016, and July 31, 2018. Packages will be judged on the successfulness of the redesign, their visual appeal, design functionality and appropriateness for the price segment.

Category: Best Package Series Design
The Best Package Series Design is open to entries consisting of two or more pieces that work together as a cohesive whole. To enter this category, please submit between two (2) and five (5) packages from the series. Packages will be judged on the cohesiveness of the series, their visual appeal as a series and as individual bottles, design functionality and appropriateness for the price segment.

Please note that case packs, gift boxes and other packaging accessories will not be judged.

People’s Choice Balloting
Conference attendees will have a ballot tucked into their badge. Exhibitors will be allowed one ballot per company. The contest will be announced at the beginning of each scheduled session and at lunch. Voting will end after lunch. The finalist packages will be displayed in the contest area. To encourage voting, one attendee’s name will be pulled randomly from the ballots to receive a door prize.

Prizes
The winners will be announced at a session during the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference on Aug. 9, 2018. Your product will appear in the October 2018 issue of Wines & Vines, be featured at winesandvines.com and in all Wines & Vines social media outlets.

Wines & Vines Packaging Conference
Want to attend the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference? Visit wvpack.com to get more information and to register.



If you have any questions, please contact: Rebecca Arnn at rebecca@winesandvines.com.