Opening date for online entries

February 1, 2017

Closing date for entries

June 23, 2017

and sample shipment

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Registering on line

Registering on line is the easiest way to enter your products. Entries will only be processed and samples tasted when the application pack has been completed and the entry fees paid.

If you are entering for the first time, we will send a username and password to access your account.

If you are unable to enter on line, you can enter your spirits on an exceptional basis by downloading registration form and returning it by post, fax or e-mail.

Online registration page
document

Main categories

01. Brandies 11. Vermouth and other aromatised wines
02. Pomace Brandies 12. Chinese Baijiu
03. Fruit Brandies 13. Shocho-soju
04. Whisky 14. Aquavit
05. Whisky 15. Vodka
06. Rums 16. Gin & Genever
07. Cachaça 17. Bitter
08. Liqueur 18. Mexican Spirits
09. “Crème de Fruits” and Cream 19.Fruit Wines
10. Anise-Flavoured 20. Vins de liqueur
>> See all categories
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Visual of the bottle

It is strongly recommended to provide us with a visual of the bottle for each spirits entered(.doc, .pdf, .jpg, scan…). You can upload this artwork via the online registration form. (in case you decided to participate via the registration document ( sent by email or post), please do not forget to attach the above mentioned document)

VINOPRES – SPIRITS SELECTION
Rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Bruxelles – Belgique,
Email : spirits@vinopres.com
Téléphone : +32.2.533.27.67 – Fax : +32.2.533.27.61

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Entry fees

Entry fees start at €186 per sample, with a discount from three entries onwards.

The fees must be paid on registration. If the cost of registration has not been received for a product, it will not be allowed to take part.

Payments can be made by:

  • Visa/Mastercard or American Express credit card,
  • Bank transfer to account number VINOPRES BE 87 0001 2552 7494 (IBAN), BPOTBEB1 (Bank Identification Code BIC) at the Banque de la Poste (CCP – B-1000 Brussels).

For Belgium-based companies: add 21% VAT

For EU-based companies outside Belgium: there is no VAT, please provide your intra-community VAT number.

For companies based outside the EU: there is no VAT.

Samples Fees
1 186,00 €
2 372,00 €
3 543,00 €
4 724,00 €
5 880,00 €
6 1056,00 €
7 1197,00 €
8 1368,00 €
9 1539,00 €
>=10 166,00 €/éch.
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Shipping of samples

To be eligible to take part in the competition, each participant must submit 2 labelled bottles for each registered product to:

VINOPRES – SPIRITS SELECTION
Rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Bruxelles – Belgique,
Phone : +32.533.27.67 – Fax : +32.533.27.61

Regulations document

Excerpts from Terms and Conditions

of the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles”

Section 1 – Organization

Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is organized by Vinopres s.a., rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Brussels, Belgium (website: www.spiritsselection.com), referred to hereafter as ‘SPIRITS SELECTION BY CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES’.

According to legislation governing the spirits market and labelling of spirits products, and as confirmed by the Official Journal of the European Union C96 / 1 of 23 April 2003, the CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES is authorized to organize the competition and bestow awards. (1) (2)

Section 3 – Products eligible to compete

The competition is open, without discrimination, to all spirits. All products must feature a country of origin indication as well as their spirits category on the label. All products must be destined for sale and must be from a consistent batch of at least 1,000 litres. On an exceptional basis, a reduced volume of at least 100 litres may be authorized provided proof of boutique-scale production is supplied. All samples must be presented with labels and commercial presentation. If the product was packaged specifically for the competition, the sample shall be accompanied by explanatory documents justifying the status.

Section 12 – Overall running of the panels 

  1. Discipline

As anonymity is a fundamental principle of the competition:

During the tasting, judges are required to keep silent and avoid gestures or facial expressions that might give away their impressions.

Before each sample is served, the score sheets that are handed out may feature technical information pertaining to the sample. These sheets may also bear the judge’s number and name.

The staff that collects the sheets ensures they have been correctly filled out. The chairman then signs them for approval.

Judges cannot keep a double.

Judges are not allowed to know the identity of a spirit, its origins, price, points or awards, thus complying with the rules of total anonymity.

  1. Operational mode

Once the panels have been formed, they are convened once or more prior to the tasting in order to explain the purpose of their mission. A group tasting follows so as to compare the results of each judge and set a benchmark for evaluation criteria within the panel.

The panels are seated in a properly aired, well-lit and quiet hall where entry is prohibited to anybody not directly involved in the tasting sessions. Wherever possible, the temperature is kept between 18°C and 22°C. Smoking is not allowed.

A second hall next door, referred to as the preparation hall but kept out of the judges’ sight, is reserved for uncorking samples and ensuring anonymity. Smoking is similarly forbidden.

Glasses are filled in the preparation hall out of the judges’ sight.

The tasting sessions are held preferably in the mornings. Each tasting includes no more than thirty-five samples per day.

Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles guarantees optimal conditions for judges.

  1. Spirits presentation

Each spirit is tasted individually and is not compared.