1. When is the tasting?
The blind tasting of the wines correctly entered in the Selection is held from 28 to 30 March 2023.
2. Who are the judges of 5StarWines - the Book?
The judges are high-profile professionals, selected by the Scientific Committee, with diverse backgrounds, curricula and geographical origins, including Masters of Wine, Italian Wine Ambassadors and Experts, Sommeliers with proven international experience, oenologists and specialist journalists in the sector.
The judges are divided into Panels, based on their respective specialization on specific grape varieties or geographical areas.
During the tasting, the judges assign their own judgment to each wine tasted through an evaluation WebApp.
The score, expressed in hundredths, is assigned according to the following criteria:
- Appearance: up to 20 points
- Nose: up to 40 points
- Palate: up to 40 points
3. How is the tasting organized?
Once received, the samples are first checked and anonymized; then subdivided by category, type, vintage, residual sugar and grape variety. These activities are carried out in collaboration with the Assoenologi team.
During the event, each judging panel conducts two tasting sessions a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each session consists of several sets of wines which are assigned according to the particular expertise of the Panel.
4. What are the benefits for the winners?
Find out all the benefits in the “Why Participate?“section of this website.
5. How do I register my wines for the 2023 edition?
We recommend that you consult the registration guidelines before beginning the registration process
6. What are the registration fees?
7. Are discounted rates available?
An early-bird discount is available to all wineries:
- 15% – valid until 19 December 2022
- 10% – valid until 23 January 2023
8. How can I request an invoice for registration?
For Italian companies, the invoice, valid for tax purposes, will be issued in electronic format and sent via SDI. It will also be available for consultation on the website of the Revenue Agency under the heading “Invoices and Fees”.
For EU and non-EU companies, the invoice will be issued under the company name and sent to the administrative address indicated during registration.
In the event that the EU or non-EU company does not provide a TIN or valid VAT number during registration, the invoice will be issued with the application of 22% VAT.
For further information, contact [email protected].
9. How should I organize the shipment of samples?
For each wine entered, it is necessary to provide:
- 6 (six) bottles of 0.75-liter capacity
- 6 (six) bottles of 0.50-liter capacity only for natural sweet wines and liqueur wines
- 12 (twelve) bottles of the capacity allowed by the production regulations for less than 0.50-liter capacity
All samples must be provided with a regular label and wine band (where applicable) and must be combined in a single package on which to attach the QR-code received in the order summary email and which can also be downloaded from your reserved area. The order summary email will only be sent once the registration payment has been finalized.
A paper copy of the summary generated at the end of the payment procedure and received by e-mail – if not yet received, a copy of the payment.
A front and back label identical to those of the wine presented. Only with the prior consent of the Organizer, if not available at the time of shipment, can the labels be sent in digital format.
For shipment, a transport document is necessary, on which it must be clearly stated: “NON-COMMERCIAL SAMPLE sent for 5StarWines – the Book” – Via Bussolengo 8/C – Sommacampagna (VR), 37066, Italy.
The same description must be put on the wine box(es).
Shipping costs, customs clearance and subsequent transport to the final destination – are the sole responsibility of the participating companies.
10. Where do I send the registered samples?
be shipped by a courier of your choice.
Shipping address for Italian and EU wineries
“Gruppo Volta S.r.l.” Via Bussolengo 8/C, Sommacampagna (VR), 37066, Italia Office Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm / 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Telephone: + 39 045-515265
Shipping address for non-EU wineries
Kuehne + Nagel s.r.l. con unico socio
via Belgio porta “E”
IT-37135 Verona (VR)Please consult the guidelines and the price list attached
11. What is the deadline for sending samples?
Samples will be received from 9 January 2023 until 28 February 2023, the deadline for delivery.
Non-conforming samples, late arrivals and/or those delivered to another destination will not be accepted; in such cases, the company will not be entitled to a refund of the registration fee.