Event DateMay 1 - September 30, 2019
ProgramTexas Wine Competition
The inaugural, Texas Sustainable Winegrowing Competition has begun with its 2020 Call for Entries.
The competition will award medals to both grape growers and winemakers recognizing that while some Texas wineries grow their own grapes, others buy grapes from farmers. Both sides of the process are critical to the environmental, social, and economic impact of the final product.
Texas wineries and their grape growers that follow the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) 75% rule that says at least 75% of the grapes came from Texas are encouraged to apply.
Applying is easy. Fill out the application and include four bottles of wine, plus the $50 entry fee.
Application submission deadline is September 30, 2019 with winners announced in November.
BRIT has partnered with its neighbor, The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo to create a unique, Texas-specific wine competition that honors both the winery and grape grower.
The purpose of our competition is to promote sustainable practices within the vineyard and in the winery while raising awareness of the Texas wine industry. Our wine competition is based on wine flavor and the conservation actions that Texas grape growers and wine producers employ. Until now, no other Texas wine competition has honored both the grower and producer.
Applicants compete for the competition’s overall Grand Champion and Grand Reserve awards. Gold, silver, and bronze medals will also be awarded to top placing applications. All winners will be given permission to use FWSSR/BRIT’s award logo artwork on their bottles and in their marketing efforts.
Any Texas winery and their grape growers that follow the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) 75% rule that says at least 75% of the grapes came from Texas.
Whether this is the first year of implementing sustainable practices for your organization or it’s your 25th year, any winery and vineyard can apply for our award. Our application questions are an attempt to document measurable conservation actions that Texas grape growers and wine producers employ.
Each of the five questions touch the three pillars of sustainability. The first two questions cover best environmental practices in grape growing and wine making. The third question hits on social side of the business. The fourth pertains to the economic pillar and the fifth sets a goal for continuous improvement.
To us, sustainable wine production is increasingly about a blend of old and new practices and a celebration of creative people who work with the environment rather than against it. Older producers usually build on the successes of the past using water sources, cropping practices, production materials, and traditional knowledge that have stood the test of time. These are probably so in-grained that producers do not stop to think about the tremendous value of their cultural heritage and ways that others can learn to be more sustainable by sharing of practical solutions to basic production problems.
Newer producers often invest in technological solutions following best-practice guidelines developed through local, regional, or national sustainability-related organizations. Together these strategies produce exceptional programs. Through this award, we are seeking the best of both.
Applicants are asked to provide four bottles of wine for judging plus a completed written application form.