Judging Process

The Harpers Wine Stars offers real buyers’ independent, honest and practical views. The judging is a professional and highly controlled process, assessed by the UK’s most renowned buyers from across the on and off-trade sectors.

★ Round One - The Taste Round

Tasting samples are presented by price, region and style to ensure that each wine is judged fairly and benchmarked against its peers. Each wine will be judged blind on its aroma and taste.

★★ Round Two - The Value Round

Throughout this round wine will still be judged blind. The judges are given the price and target market for each wine. Judges award an additional score against these criteria. 

★★★ Round Three - The Design Round

Wines are shortlisted from the previous rounds to progress to round three. This round is no longer blind – judges can now review each wine in full.   Scores are given for a wine bottle’s design, packaging and labelling.


★★★★ Awards

Awards will be presented for national and regional winners, as well as ‘Star’ accolades for value, taste and design.  


★★★★ Wine Stars Audit 

We will return the judges’ feedback on all wines entered. Feedback will include how the judges scored your wines for taste, look and value. This is a unique feature of Harpers Wine Stars – no other tasting competition gives you the level of feedback we do making Wine Stars not only the most practical for the judging buyer but ALSO for you the producer.

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