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Wine and Spirits Awards

The judging of wine and spirits made by producers from Croatia is organized every year. The judging takes place in Poreč at the beginning of April, and the judges are international professionals, journalists and figures from the wine world.

The constant increase in the number of samples of indigenous grape varieties submitted for the judging at the exhibition, the ever-higher quality level of the average wine sample at the judging and a few new names awarded every year by the expert jury confirm that Istria is constantly improving when it comes to the quality of wine and deserves it's title as a top enogastronomy destination.

For the award-winning wines there is the option to purchase official judging stamps from the Vinistra Association to decorate the bottle of the award-winning wine.


The award given to the wines with the most points in the fresh and mature category of Malvasia Istriana, Teran and Refošk varieties

Platinum medal

Award given to wines with  > 95 points.

Official stamp Silver

85 - 89

Official stamp Gold

90 - 94

Official stamp Platinum

> 95

Competition chairperson

Caroline Gilby

Master of wine (1992)
One of only 419 people in the world with this title

Wine author
She writes for Decanter, Harpers and The Drinks Business, Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Wine Opus

Awarded author, speaker and consultant
With a passion for the wines of the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe