Terms and Conditions

Wine Is Wisconsin


  • To provide feedback to Wisconsin winemakers, grape growers, and fruit growers to aid them in improving the quality of Wisconsin wines
  • To help provide promotional opportunities for Wisconsin wineries
  • To increase consumer awareness of Wisconsin wines produced from Wisconsin specialty crops
  • To encourage the growing of Wisconsin grown grapes, fruit, honey and applicable specialty crops

Terms and conditions

Venue and Date:            

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Food Science, Babcock Hall

August 7, 2017


Wines will be judged blind by a panel of experienced judges.  Judges will initially taste individual wines from each category and then confer with members of their panel to award medals.  Each panel will be comprised of judges from different areas of expertise.  Judges may be university enologists, wine writers, experienced wine makers, wine retailers, and sommeliers.  Efforts will be made to ensure entrants receive feedback from a diverse judging panel.  Wines exhibiting significant and clear quality issues may be removed from judging.


All entries must be entered through Enofile Online (https://www.enofileonline.com/).  Payment must be in the form of a check.  Payment is non-refundable.

Entry Fees:        $50 per entry.  Make checks payable to:

UW-Madison Department of Food Science

Note Wine Competition on the memo line


Wine must be shipped or dropped off at Babcock Hall.  Include a copy of your registration and payment with the wine.  Wine must be delivered between July 17 and July 21, 2017.  Please ship wines to the following address:

Nick Smith

Wine Is Wisconsin Competition

Enology Outreach, UW-Madison

1605 Linden Drive

Madison, WI 53706

Please email Nick (nsmith35@wisc.edu) if you plan to drop off wine.  Building hours are 8:00 to 4:30.

Competition Rules


  1. Any bonded winery from the state of Wisconsin may enter the competition. Custom crush producers may enter the competition if their product is produced at a bonded Wisconsin winery and meets all other eligibility requirements.
  2. Entries must be submitted online at Enofile.com by 4:30 pm, July 14, 2017. All wines must be pre-registered.
  3. All wines entered into the competition must be available for purchase at the winery or bottled prior to August 6, 2017.
  4. All bottles must have a commercial label.
  5. Wines can only be entered once and cannot be entered into multiple categories.
  6. Each entry must include (3) 750 mL or (3) 375 mL (or near equivalent) bottles.  If sending 12 oz packaging of carbonated ciders, please send 4 bottles.
  7. Indicate varietal and blend information as requested in the class listing for each wine entered. Also include residual sugar (%RS).
  8. Competition coordinators reserve the right to reclassify wine, if they believe a wine has been miss-classified.
  9. All wines must be produced from a minimum of 75% locally grown grapes, fruit, honey, and applicable specialty crops. Sources may include:  Eastern Minnesota, North Eastern Iowa, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Refer to eligible grape varieties for further information.
  10. As part of the feedback process, wines may be chemically analyzed prior to competition. Wines with excess volatile acidity and oxidation may be removed from judging.


  1. Wines in each category may be awarded double gold, gold, silver, and bronze medals.
  2. Top scoring wines from each category will be judged for best of class.
  3. Top scoring wines produced from 100% Wisconsin products will be eligible for Best of Wisconsin trophies. Trophy categories include:
    1. Best Wine of Wisconsin
    2. Best Mead or Fruit Wine of Wisconsin
    3. Best Cider of Wisconsin

All final awards will be announced August 8, 2017.

Eligible Grape Varieties

Please contact the contest organizer at nsmith35@wisc.edu if there are any questions regarding eligible varieties.  75% of the grapes, fruit, honey, and appropriate specialty crops must be sourced from WI and or portions of nearby states.