2018 Florida State Fair Competition

30th Annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition


February 3rd – February 4th, 2018



The 2017 Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition, Hobbyist Division, hosted 142 entries. 10 Double Gold, 26 Gold, 44 Silver and 46 Bronze medals were awarded. Ribbons are awarded for Best of Show, Best Kit Wine, Best of Florida and Best of Florida Grown in the following categories: White, Sparkling, Red, Fruit and Dessert Wine. . The overall winners for 2017 were: Amateur Best of Show White Amateur Best of Show Florida White 2015 Muscat, Hollweg Farm Cellars, Florida


Amateur Best of Show Red Amateur Best of Show Florida Red Amateur Best of Florida Grown Red WIne 2016 Southern Home, Live Oak Estates, Florida


Amateur Best of Show Dessert Wine Amateur Best of Show Florida Dessert Wine 2016 Syrah Port Style, Moya Winery, Florida


We look forward to you joining us for the Thirtieth Annual 2018 Hobbyist Competition. 




Amateur Wine Competition

The time is fast approaching for the 2018 Florida State Fair Wine Competition , and it is at this time you should be considering what wines to enter. I would urge all FWGGA amateur winemakers and your winemaking friends to consider entering your wines.  You will receive feedback from the wine judges, good or bad, and it can be very constructive in improving your winemaking skills. Tips to prepare for the competition:

  • Open (3) bottles of the wine you would like to enter and pour them together into a clean container such as a 3-liter jug.
  • Pour a sample of the three combined bottles and taste. Adjust if needed.
  • Rebottle the wine and cork.
  • Add a sticker to the bottles (2 of them needed for competition) to mark them for the competition so you know which bottles to enter.



Commercial Wine Competition

We now have 42 bonded wineries in Florida.  I would like to challenge all the Florida wineries to enter your wines in the Commercial Wine Competition for the people who look at the awards in the commercial wine cabinets at the Florida State Fair so they can see what Florida has to offer.  I am surprised every year when people who are viewing the cabinets will make a statement like “I didn’t know we had wineries in Florida” and then when I point out the medals that are won by the Florida wineries, they are really shocked.  I try to encourage them to gather up a few friends and visit a winery for a pleasant experience. Let’s try to make this the biggest and best Amateur Wine Competition at the Florida State Fair in YEARS!  Enjoy the experience of the competition and Good Luck!