People who engage in home winemaking, usually fall into two distinct categories. Some of these people are the hobbyists who just like making wine part time and derive joy in having other people experience the wonderful creation that they have made. These people love to share their wine among family as well as friends. For such people it is nothing more than a hobby that they enjoy.
However, there are other people. These people take this hobby a little more seriously than the others. They don’t make wine solely for the sake of enjoyment and they are after perfection. Their wine is shared with friends and family but the primary purpose is to get the general feeling of the wine and to know how good it tastes. These people take their winemaking very seriously and they are proud about their creations and not just the process it entails. Their focus is on creating the wine with the best flavor possible, winemaking is a whole lot more to them that such a simple hobby and though it isn’t an occupation, it is very nearly an obsession.
These sorts of people are the serious winemakers who challenge other people like themselves in serious contests on a countrywide basis. Every year from seasons like spring to fall, wine fairs are held in the country and allow entrance to different people just as long as their wines fall into the group of wines which awards are being given for. Every category has certain requirements which should be met. A small entrance fee may also be required to enter such ventures.
A number of wine contests stipulate that the wine should be bottled in bottles that have no label attached. Instead of labels, the entry tags will be what are used instead. Different contests will allow a different number of bottles to be entered into specific categories. Limits will be set however for anywhere from one to five bottles. The person who is entering the competition will be permitted to select from a number of different categories and each contest will have different rules which concern the number of bottles which may be entered by a single person. Sometimes they will want the entrants to belong to specific clubs or associations, before they can enter such competitions. Some events have less stringent rules and will simply allow anyone who has made a good bottle of wine enter into the competition. At the end of the competition winners in each category will be matched against each other so the best of the lot can be decided. At this stage everybody wants to be the one who wins.
Certain categories in wine contests will include dry wine in white, red, fruit, novelty, and rose or blended variants. These same variants may also apply to sweet wines. Categories will also exist for sparkling wines as well as dessert wines. Both sweet and dry wines should have the necessary amounts of each flavor. Dessert wines may be required to have a certain percentage of alcohol before they qualify. The rules depend on who is hosting the competition.