French Broad Vignerons to host Western North Carolina Regional Wine Competition

The French Broad Vignerons will host the annual Western North Carolina Regional Wine Competition in September this year. There are two separate competition events – one day for vinifera and hybrid wines, and a separate day for muscadine and fruit wines. The judging for Vinifera and Hybrid Wine Competition will occur on Saturday, September 17. The Muscadine and Fruit Wine Competition judging will be on Sunday, September 18.

Wines will be judged on a weighted point system that considers the elements of appearance, aroma and bouquet, taste, finish, and overall quality. Tasting notes will also be provided to the winemaker. Judges have certifications from the American Wine Society (AWS) and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Awards will be high quality medals with bottle ribbons. Medals awarded to wines will be Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

The deadline to submit wine(s) to the competition is Friday, September 9, 2022. Winemakers wishing to enter the competition should visit the French Broad Vignerons website,, for entry forms. French Broad Vignerons members ‘first wine submission is free, with a $10 fee for each wine thereafter. Nonmembers and commercial winemakers have a $15 fee for the first wine plus $10 for each wine thereafter. Each individual commercial entry requires two (2) 750 ml or four (4) 375 ml bottles, and each individual amateur entry requires one (1) 750 ml or two (2) 375 ml bottles.

The French Broad Vignerons is a nonprofit organization which hosts monthly social and educational meetings around the region for members who enjoy learning more about grape growing, wine making, and wine appreciation.

For additional information contact Chuck Blethen at 828-606-3130.