2018 Wine Competition

TVOS Amateur Winemaking Contest



ELIGIBILITY: Open to all members in good standing and non-members of Tennessee Viticultural & Oenological Society, except for commercial winemakers. Wine competition judges will not be allowed to judge their own wine category. The Amateur Wine Competition is an opportunity for the hobbyist to receive constructive criticism on their wine making efforts to improve and to receive appropriate recognition.

The fee for 2018 competition for TVOS Members is $14 per bottle entered. Fee for nonmembers is $18 per bottle entered. Remember, TVOS Membership is only $35 and includes subscription to WineMaker® Magazine. A copy of Entry Form along with payment must be mailed to:

TVOS Amateur Wine Competition

c/o Bill & Carolyn Nash

296 Stoney Point Road

Kingsport, TN 37664

(423) 323-0404

Make checks payable to TVOS. The deadline for receipt of Entry Form and fee is Thursday, January 11, 2018. Entry Forms arriving without proper payment will not be entered into competition. Each entrant is responsible to mail, hand carry or send one 750 ml bottle or two 375 ml bottles of each wine entered to one of the designated collection points with copy of completed Entry Form. On the form, write down total bottle count & have receiver do the same. Transporter will use those counts to ensure all are located before departing the collection point. Individual winery deadlines are listed below. If you attend the Annual Meeting, please consider bringing a bottle of each wine that you enter in competition to the conference to share. Anyone who wishes to donate a bottle or bottles of wine to TVOS will be greatly appreciated.


Century Farm Winery (Jackson) Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

1548 Lower Brownsville Rd.

Jackson, TN 38301

(731) 424-7437

Grinder’s Switch Winery (Centerville) Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

2119 Hwy 50 Loop

Centerville, TN 37033

(931) 729-3690

Beachaven Winery (Clarksville) Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

1100 Dunlap Lane

Clarksville, TN 37040

(931) 645-8867

Lil Old Winemaker Shoppe (Nashville) Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

5916 Charlotte Pike

Nashville, TN 37209

(615) 352-6301 (Call ahead for hours of operation.)

All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply (Nashville) Thur., Jan. 18, 2018

924 8th Ave. South

Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 214-5465 or (931) 645-8867

Beans Creek Winery (Manchester) Thur., Jan. 18, 2018

426 Ragsdale Rd.

Manchester, TN 37355

(931) 723-2294

Stonehaus Winery (Crossville) Thur., Jan. 18, 2018

2444 Genesis Rd #103

Crossville, TN 38571

(931) 484-9463

Del Monaco Winery (west of Cookeville) Thur., Jan. 18, 2018

600 Lance Dr.

Baxter, TN 38544

(931) 858-1177

Blue Slip Winery (Knoxville) Fri., Jan. 19, 2018

300 W Depot Ave

Knoxville, TN 37917

(615) 249-7808

Hillside Winery (Sevierville) Thur., Jan. 25, 2018

229 Collier Dr.

Sevierville, TN 37862

(865) 908-8482

Home of Jim & Teresa Newton (Kingsport) Fri., Jan. 19, 2018

3217 Shamrock Street

Kingsport, TN 37664

(423) 765-5992 (Call ahead for hours of operation.)

It is the responsibility of the participant to get their entries to one of these locations by the designated deadline. A member of the competition team will pick up wine entries at opening time the following day. If the deadline is missed, it will be their responsibility to have their entries at Hillside Winery by January 25, 2017. No wine will be accepted after this date. Neither wine nor bottles are returned to the participant. Each participant must leave a copy of their entry form with their wine. Form now includes the total bottle count to be verified with drop-off attendant & subsequently with transporter in an effort to ensure no entries are unaccounted for.


General: All wine must be produced and bottled from grapes, grape concentrates, fruit, fruit juice or honey. No entrant shall be involved in any way with commercial winemaking or use the facilities of commercial wineries, other than obtaining grapes, juice or concentrates. This is an amateur contest. Wines made from professional kits (pre-balanced & pasteurized juices) are welcome, but will compete in their own class separately from wines made from fresh fruits & juices.

Varietal Wines: Wine named by variety must contain at least 75% of the named variety. If variety is less than 75%, the percentage of that variety must be stated on the label. See wine category table for additional information about varietals.

Estate Wines: For purposes of this competition, estate grown wines are those made from fruit or grapes grown by the winemaker or where the beekeeper was also the winemaker.

Blending: Blended wines are to be entered in the category determined by the major component.

Competition Labeling: Each bottle of wine must be labeled with the following information: Participant’s Name, Wine Category # and Category Name, Year of Harvest, Varietal Composition (to best of knowledge), and residual sugar content description: dry, semi-sweet, sweet, dessert.

Residual sugar is as measured by Dextro® Check (or equivalent):

Dry: Not more than 1% residual sugar

Semi Sweet: Greater than 1% and not more than 3.5% residual sugar

Sweet: Greater than 3.5% and not more than 12% residual sugar

Dessert: Greater than 12% residual sugar

NOTE: Wines which, in the opinion of the judges, are too sweet for the category will be penalized.

Judging: The Board of Directors automatically approves judges accredited by the American Wine Society. The Board will approve the qualifications of additional judges before each competition. Names of persons considered having qualifications for being judges are requested by the Board. Please submit names at any time.

Fees: Entry fee for TVOS Members is $14 per entry for less than 6 entries, but drops to $12 if 6 or more.

Entry fee is $18 per entry (bottle) entered for Non-Members.


Wine Awards will be given to every entry that achieves qualifying scores, rated by a panel of at least three judges, based on a twenty (20) point scale as approved by the TVOS Board of Directors. Scoring Sheets for still & sparkling wines are available upon request from the Board. Minimum qualifications are as follows:

Gold Awards 16-20 points

Silver Awards 14.5-15.9 points

Bronze Awards 13-14.4 points

The Best of Kits Award is given to the best kit wine (sweet or dry) started from a professional wine making kit. This award is intended to showcase winemakers using kits separately from those starting from fresh juices, grapes, fruit or honey.

Best of Class Awards will be given to at least two winemakers for best sweet and best dry wines in the non-kit wine competition. The top twenty gold medal wines with the top two wines from each category where no gold level was achieved are entered into the appropriate sweet or dry best-of-class competition. A combined panel of judges will conduct a separate judging for the “Best of Class” awards. These classes may be further subdivided as deemed appropriate by the wine competition coordinators.

The Tennessee Appellation Award will be given to the best wine made from 100% Tennessee-grown product(s). The purpose and aim for this award is to encourage our amateur winemakers to make the very best wine they can from Tennessee fruits. Entrants from out-of-state have the opportunity to compete by purchasing Tennessee fruit or honey. Entrants competing for this award will provide the name of the grower(s), whether it is yourself or someone else within Tennessee.

The Winemaker-of-the-Year Award will be given to the winemaker with the highest cumulative score from their top six fresh fruit wine & mead entries in the competition. Winemakers submitting less than six fresh fruit wines or meads are, therefore, ineligible for this award.

Exceptions: The TVOS Board of Directors may make temporary or permanent exceptions to the regulations.

Important! Pre-Registration, Fees & Schedule: Each entry must be pre-registered and fees paid to TVOS by Thursday, January 11, 2018. Mail your check and completed entry form to:

Bill & Carolyn Nash

296 Stoney Point Road

Kingsport, TN 37664



Note: Any category having a large number of entries of one variety may be subdivided to make a separate category of that variety. Qualifications for subdivision is at least six (6) entries of one variety in a category with twelve (12) or more total entries.

Category Description Varietals
1 Red American Dry Native or American Hybrid Concord, Steuben, Cynthiana, Muscadine, etc. (or blends)
2 Red American Sweet Native or American Hybrid Concord, Steuben, Cynthiana, Muscadine, etc. (or blends)
3 White American Dry Native or American Hybrid Niagra, Duchess, Carlos Magnolia, etc. (or blends)
4 White American Sweet Native or American Hybrid Niagra, Duchess, Carlos, Magnolia, etc. (or blends)
5 Red Hybrid Dry French Hybrids Chancellor, Chambourcin, Foch, etc. (or blends)
6 Red Hybrid Sweet French Hybrids Chancellor, Chambourcin, Foch, etc. (or blends)
7 White Hybrid Dry French Hybrids Cayuga, Seyval, Vidal, etc. (or blends)
8 White Hybrid Sweet French Hybrids Cayuga, Seyval, Vidal, etc. (or blends)
9 Red Vinifera Dry Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, etc. (or blends)
10 Red Vinifera Sweet Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, etc. (or blends)
11 White Vinifera Dry Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. (or blends)
12 White Vinifera Sweet Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. (or blends)
13 Grape Rose’ / Blush Color must be appropriate. Can be sweet or dry.

Blends should go into the dominant (over 50%) class.

14 Fruit Rose / Blush Color must be appropriate. Can be sweet or dry

Blends should go into the dominant (over 50%) class

15 Non Grape Fruit Apples, Peaches, Pears, etc. Sweetness can vary
16 Non Grape Berry Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, etc.

Sweetness can vary

17 Sparkling These wines should have a lasting effervescence. Sweetness can vary. They can be made from any grape or non-grape products. (Examples: Chardonnay, Apple, Vidal, etc.)
18 Fortified Wines These wines must have over 14% alcohol per volume. (Examples: Ports, Sherries, Brandies, etc.)
19 Mead Wine made from honey.

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