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First World Fortified Wine Awards launches

Organiser of the World Whiskies Awards since 2000, international media, awards and events company Paragraph Publishing is hosting the first World Fortified Wine Awards.

Part of the prestigious World Drinks Awards, which selects the best in taste and design in each drinks category, the World Fortified Wine Awards select, reward and promote the best madeira, port, sherry and vermouth to consumers and trade across the globe.

Chaired by Felicity Murray, editor-in-chief of the, with an international panel of fortified wine experts, judging will be held in Portugal and London in April with results presented in London on Thursday 18 May 2017. Results will be published on and, in national and international press and in the new annual international publication World’s Best Fortified Wines.

Uniquely, every entry will receive their own personal judges’ tasting note, and all winning drinks will be available for sale via the World Fortified Wine Awards online retail affiliate programme. The world’s leading retailers will be sent logos for each award-winner to include in their online shops and in-store point of sale.

Founder Damian Riley-Smith says: “Fortified wine has for too long rested in the shade of the broader wine category and global spirits industry, and it is time they were given their own space to shine. Port, sherry, madeira and vermouth offer some of the most stunning flavours within the most iconic packaging, and we want to play our part in selecting the best and helping them to grow their sales globally”.



Anita Ujszaszi, awards manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1603 633 808


10 March 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor