Calling all Canadian Wineries and Cideries

Registration for the WineAlign 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada is now open!

We are proud to be heading to the Annapolis Valley and to the town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia in June for the 2017 Nationals.

Anthony Gismondi and David Lawrason; Lead Judges

“For seventeen years David and I have endeavoured to take the National Wine Awards to a part of Canadian wine country with the hope of inspiring the region to be part of an annual ritual in which some the country’s finest wine tasters gather to assess the current crop of Canadian wines,” says co-head judge Anthony Gismondi. “What we have discovered in return along the many backroads of Canada’s vineyards has been equally inspiring to our team of judges and organizers. We can’t wait to visit Wolfville again and be at the centre of Atlantic Canada’s food and wine culture and to meet the many characters that have been tasked with telling its compelling story to the world.”

Co-head judge David Lawrason adds, “There has been a palpable energy emanating from the Nova Scotia wine industry in recent years, much like the energy within the sparkling wines and Tidal Bay whites that are now defining the region. Every one of our judges can’t wait for our time in Nova Scotia to tap into that vibe and experience some down home Atlantic hospitality. Get ready!”

“The Winery Association of Nova Scotia is truly excited to host the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada here in the Annapolis Valley in June,” says Gillian Mainguy, of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “Following on the heels of the Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium, which takes place in Halifax June 11-13, hosting the WineAlign awards is a fantastic opportunity for our wineries to share the Wines of Nova Scotia with a wider audience of key influencers.”

The National Wine Awards of Canada are open to wines and ciders grown and produced in Canada. The goal of “The Nationals” is to uncover the best in Canadian wines and ciders for Canadians. The results are an invaluable guide for consumers and producers when it comes to finding out who is making the best wine and cider in the country.

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The Nationals bring together the best of Canadian wines and Canadian wine critics under one roof. Last year 230 wineries and over 1,500 wines and ciders were entered into the competition, making it the largest domestic wine competition in Canada.

All wines and ciders entered will be added to WineAlign with high quality bottle images. All Platinum, Gold, and Silver award winning wines and ciders will have at least one review, many in both French and English. Winning wines and ciders will also be tagged, categorized and flagged with Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze virtual medals. This will expose the wines to the one million unique visitors from Canada who visit WineAlign annually.

This year, in recognition of the massive consumer interest in Canadian ciders, we have added several more cider categories to our list, so please enter your ciders! If you are a Canadian-based cidery that utilizes Canadian grown apples and fruit, then you can enter the National Wine Awards of Canada. This year, we have added several more cider categories to ensure that your ciders are treated appropriately.

The following video was made during the 2014 Nationals in Penticton, BC. It will give you an insider’s look at our judging process and what goes on behind the scenes of one of the best wine competitions in the world.


Important NWAC 2017 Links:

Rules for Entry



NWAC 2016 Results