National Wine Awards of Canada 2015 (NWAC)


The results of NWAC 2015 have been announced! Congratulations to all the winners!

The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) are held annually in June. Each year the country’s leading wine writers and judges gather somewhere in Canadian wine country to evaluate wines grown in Canada. They award Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in some two dozen categories, with medal rankings further determining Winery of the Year and the country’s Top Twenty wineries.

The 2015 tastings will take place June 23 – 27 at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Those interested in following the judges, seeing their reactions to all the wines, and gaining greater insight into the week’s activities can do so via the Twitter hashtag: #NWAC15.

“The goal of ‘The Nationals’ is to bring together the best of Canadian wines and Canadian wine critics under one roof,” says Anthony Gismondi, co-head judge and a WineAlign principal critic. “Each year, and this is the 15th, the competition presents a snapshot in time of the state of Canadian wine. The results are an invaluable guide for consumers and producers when it comes to finding out who is making the best wine in the country.”

Speaking of results, we will continue to speed up the process of getting the results out sooner than ever to maximize your ability to market your wines and wineries throughout the busy fall season. Full results, including Canadian Winery of the Year, will be published on WineAlign near the end of July 2015.

Two years ago we instituted the first full integration of the results into the WineAlign website, in effect creating a lasting virtual medal for all winning participants.  Like last year, the plan in 2015 is to post all silver, gold, and platinum wine notes on WineAlign along with high quality bottle images.

Combined with the reach of WineAlign, and our full expansion into Quebec, the potential audience size for the results will far exceed two million.

In addition, all award winning wines will not only be posted on WineAlign with bottle images, but reviews will be included as well (many in both French and English).

Last year, the results of both of our awards were printed in a special section of Maclean’s magazine.



Important Dates:

Shipping to Western consolidation point ends:  Friday, May 29, 2015
Shipping to Eastern consolidation point ends:  
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Online registration ends:
Friday, June 5, 2015    extended to Friday, June 12.
Wine entry fees must be paid by:  
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Please use the menu at the top and bottom of the page to find more information about Registration, Rules for Entry, Judges, Shipping, Promoting Your Wines, Sponsors, and F.A.Q.

Questions or comments?  Contact us:  [email protected]