The evaluation of the wines is conducted by small panels that are comprised of five tasters, at the most, who have been specifically chosen for their proven ability to taste and evaluate the quality of the participating wines. The members of the judging panel are top international tasters and tasters with a particular interest and extensive knowledge of Greek wine.

Evaluation process

  1. The wines will be tasted in a series of flights. Each flight is arranged by the organizing committee according to category, and this will take place in a separate room from the one in which the tasting panels are seated. All of the wines undergo multiple screening tests, in order for the organizing committee to ensure that the flights are correctly assembled and matched to the judges on the tasting panel. The numbering on the bottles corresponds to the numbering of the wines within each flight. 
  2. The tasting room is separated into two parts, and visual contact is obstructed between the separated parts. The wines will be served blind to the judges with the whole bottle covered so that there is complete objectivity when tasting the wines by their jury.
  3. All the participating wines are tasted blindly. The judges are aware only of the category of a participating wine, its alcohol and its vintage. Information regarding the region of origin of wines is not included (e.g.Assyrtiko is judged in its category; whether the particular Assyrtiko is from Crete or Santorini, or any other region is not disclosed).
  4. Sweet wines (residual sugar >45gr/lt)are judged only within their specific categories and will not be competing for the 50 Great Greek Wines Awards. 
  5.  The judges initially taste and rate the wines of each flight taking down their notes. Once the tasting and evaluation procedure is over, the ratings awarded are discussed. If there is significant difference among the ratings,  this will have to be further explored, and a consensus will have to be reached. 
  6. Judges’ scores and final scores will be given on a scale of 100 and will be expressed as the average score of the tasting panel. The accuracy of the score for each wine will be given to one decimal point. If the average reached has two or more decimals these will be rounded off to the closest tenth.
  7. The scores given by the judges are recorded electronically (online platform), on the system that has been particularly developed for the needs of the competition, and final confirmation is given. After this procedure, the rating of each judge cannot be altered and the judge will not be able to access that flight again.
  8. The award winning wines will be announced at an event to be held at the Electra Palace and subsequently via social media, via email, via the 50GGW site, via a press release and via the sponsors. Only the 50 Great Greek Wines and the top 3 in each category are announced along with the number of total entries of wines and wineries.

Wine Categories

The wines will be separated into 16 different categories. These categories have been selected by the organizing committee. The 50 wines with the highest ratings, irrespective of the category in which they compete, will be featured in the “50 Great Greek wines”. Each wine will be preceded by a number from 50 to 1 (highest rated). Apart from the 50 wines with the highest ratings, there will be a separate award for wines within their category. Wines that have achieved the three highest scores in each of the 16 categories will comprise the Great 3 wines of each given category.

  1. Assyrtiko (should be 100% Assyrtiko or PDO Santorini)
  2. Indigenous Whites (any single varietal wine made from an indigenous variety, other than Assyrtiko)
  3. Blend of Whites (blends consisting of at least two varieties)
  4. International Whites (a single varietal wine made from an international variety)
  5. Xinomavro (red wine of 100% Xinomavro or PDO Rapsani and Goumenissa)
  6. Agiorgitiko (red wine of 100% Agiorgitiko)
  7. Indigenous Reds (any single varietal wine made 100% from an indigenous variety other than Xinomavro or Agiorgitiko)
  8. Blend of Reds (a blend of at least two varieties)
  9. International Reds (a single varietal wine made from an international variety)
  10. Rosé wines
  11. Retsina 
  12.  Value for money white wines (wines under 10€ retail price)
  13. Value for money red wines (wines under 10€ retail price)
  14. Sweet Wines (wines with residual sugar of more than 45gr/lt)
  15. Sparkling Wines
  16. Organic/Biodynamic (should be a certified organic or biodynamic wine as indicated on the bottle).

If a wine covers two or more categories it will compete in all of these, but it will be tasted only once, in one of the categories. Which category it will be tasted in is at the discretion of the organizing committee. Sweet wines are only included in their category and are not included in the final 50GGW. 

In case of a tie, the following criteria will be considered in the following order:

– the average score subtracting the highest and lowest
– the highest score of the wine
– the highest lowest score of the wine

– the chairman’s score

Defective bottles

If the judges in a panel consider they have come across a defective bottle, they can request for it to be changed by the organizing committee, so the wine can be re-tasted. In order to maintain the smooth flow of the process and for organizational purposes, no more than two bottles of the same wine can be opened.