The UK’s Premier Festival & Competition
for Amateur Wine & Beer Enthusiasts
The 58th Amateur Wine and Beer Festival
This Festival will be our 60th since the Festivals began in 1964. So although not our 60th festival we will be celebrating it as our Diamond Anniversary. Our show is for people who like to socialise and have an interest in wine, beer and food. It attracts clubs & circles, craft brewers and wine makers throughout the country. It is now 60 years since it started and over that time has grown from a one-day show held in the Function Room of a pub to an event that starts with an aperitif tasting followed by dinner and is packed with features, concluding with our Annual General Meeting and Weekend Forum.
The Competition and Show is a key part of the Festival and this year there are classes which include not only those for wines and beers but also, liqueurs, cookery and art associated with wine making. Judging in all the wine and beer classes is by qualified NGWBJ*, WWRJ** & BJCP*** judges and in the other classes by judges who have the relevant experience.
Rosettes are awarded for the first three places and place cards for all six places in each class with white collars awarded to the unplaced wines that the judges put forward for final selection. The winner of each class is presented with a trophy that he or she holds for a year.
In addition to the trophies for each class, there are a number of trophies for the winners of a group of classes and we have Master Trophies for the overall individual winners in the wine, beer and cookery sections. The trophies are presented the morning after the show and the display of trophies before the presentation is an impressive sight!
Accommodation at the Festival is on a half-board basis and you will be sure you have a great time.
The Festival ends with an Open Forum, at which anyone can comment on any aspect of the Festival. This is followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Wales and West Federation which is attended by representatives from the wine circles affiliated to the Federation.
* National Guild of Wine and Beer Judges
** Wales & West Regional Wine and Beer Judges
*** Beer Judges Certification Program