The Indy International Wine Competition is about to start. The 2010 version is by far the largest scientifically organized & independent wine competition in the United States.
More than 3,000 commercial entries from 12 countries and 39 US states will be evaluated by 80 distinguished judges who are wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers.
It is open to both commercial wineries as well as amateur winemakers. They have two competitions going on at the same time and the judging is all done by professionals.
This competition has a lot of “weight” and winning something from this large contest actually means something. Another major bonus is that the competition provides professional feedback from leading wine experts! So you will know where your wine stands among your winemaking peers.
The great thing about this is that there is a large fruit wine and cider category which you do not always find in other competitions. So this certainly gets my vote.
If you are a serious fruit wine maker, whether as a hobby or you make fruit wine commercially, I encourage you to check this competition out for yourself.