Old Vine Trophy

CELEBRATING HERITAGE VINES

Recognising producers working to preserve and protect old vines and spread awareness of the importance of nurturing heritage vineyards.

Launched in collaboration with The Old Vine Conference, producers wishing to be considered for the IWSC’s Old Vine Trophy are asked to highlight the age of the vines in the award submission process. After judging, a shortlist will be created of the best performing old vine entrants, and the winner will be selected from this shortlist.

During the wine awards entry process, all entrants are being asked to categorise their wines as ‘old vine’ by selecting the relevant vine age: minimum age 35 years, minimum age 70 years, minimum age 100 years, or minimum age 125 years.

To be considered for the Old Vine Trophy, producers must have entered IWSC wine awards, categorised their wines as ‘old vines’ and completed our entry form in order to provide our judging panel with information on how they preserve and protect old vines and spread awareness of the importance of nurturing heritage vineyards.

Entry Criteria

To be considered for this trophy, all producers must have entered into the IWSC’s 2024 Wine Awards.

There is no legal definition of what constitutes an old vine, so the criteria for entry to this award is based on self-categorisation. 

By submitting an entry to the IWSC, producers are required to state that the information they provide on the age of their vines, as well as all other entry information, is accurate to the best of their knowledge.

Producers making wine from old vines are asked to categorise their entrants under one of four age ranges:

  • Minimum age 35 years
  • Minimum age 70 years
  • Minimum age 100 years
  • Minimum age 125 years

Entry timeline

Details for entering our 2024 Old Vine Trophy will be annouced in the Summer of 2024.

  • Open for entries: June 2024
  • Deadline for returning questionnaire: 16 September 2024
  • Award judging: w/c 23 September 2024
  • Shortlist announced: w/c 30 September 2024
  • Winner announced: at the IWSC's 2024 Awards Celebration on 12 November 2024

Q&A

What is the closing date for entries?

16 September 2024

How will the award be judged?

Following our wine award judging (end of May 2024), 'old vine' producers will be ask to complete a short questionnaire to provide our judging panel with information on how they preserve and protect old vines and spread awareness of the importance of nurturing heritage vineyards.

Up to 6 producers will be shortlisted for the Old Vine Trophy. The shortlist will be announced by the IWSC before the winner is announced at the IWSC's 2024 Awards Celebration on 12 November.

Is there a cost associated with entering this award?

There is no additional cost for this award beyond entry to the IWSC’s 2024 wine awards.

The Old Vine Conference is a non-profit company registered in the UK. To find out how to join them as a member, and to participate in their program of events, please visit oldvines.org