National Wine Awards of Canada 2016 (NWAC)


Results of the 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada

Winery of the Year and Best Performing Small Winery will be announced on July 28th.

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 2016 tastings will take place June 22 – 26 at Penticton, British Columbia.

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: #NWAC16.

“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, 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 by August 9th.

Three 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 2016 is to post silver, gold, and platinum wine notes on WineAlign along with high-quality bottle images.

Combined with the reach of WineAlign, and our growing 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 for the Platinum, Gold, and Silver medal winners as well (many in both French and English).


Important Dates:

Shipping to Eastern consolidation point ends:  Wednesday, June 1, 2016 CLOSED
Shipping to Western consolidation point ends:  
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 CLOSED
Online registration ends: 
Monday, June 6, 2016   Extended to Monday, June 13, 2016   CLOSED
Wine entry fees must be paid by:  
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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]