We have seen in the past many attempts to conduct water tastings but none have risen to a standard that represents the category of Fine Bottled Water. Water like wine deserves attention and TASTE & DESIGN AWARDS competition puts water on the same level as wine with a 5 judge professional panel consisting of international water sommeliers.
Fine Water is not just water. It has terroir, comes from a real place and has character. Representing the Fine Water Category FineWaters and the Fine Water Society developed the blueprint for conducting water tastings that will become the future professional standard and only tastings adopting the standard will be sanctioned by the Fine Water Society..
STILL waters are separated into categories according to the Minerality (TDS – Total Dissolved Solids) starting at a SUPER LOW Category (<50mg/l) usually consisting of Iceberg, rain or glacial waters. The LOW Category (< 250mg/l) holds usually the most waters from sources like springs and artesian. For waters with a higher Minerality are the MEDIUM CATEGORY (<800mg/l) and the HIGH CATEGORY for waters with a TDS of greater than 1,500mg/l
SPARKLING waters are represented by the ADDED CARBONATION Category for waters with have artificially added carbonation, most sparkling waters are in this category and we have sub category of SUPER LOW (<50mg/l), LOW (< 250mg/l), MEDIUM (<800mg/l) and a HIGH CATEGORY for waters with a TDS of greater than 800mg/l
The waters in the NATURALLY CARBONATED Category are rare and few people are actually aware that there are waters with naturally occurring carbonation.
DESIGN, with Fine Waters the bottle design represents the brand and connects the consumer emotionally to the source of the water. The bottle is an important aspect of a story told in PET or GLASS, ALUMINUM and BAG in a BOX, and awards are given in each category for the design.
Wednesday, June 9th
10:00 - 12:00 | Public water tasting competition by jury live-streamed
19:00 - 21:00 | Water Tasting Dinner curated by our Water Sommeliers*
Thursday, June 10th
09:00 - 17:00 | Fine Water Summit, Day One
Friday, June 11th
09:00 - 12:00 | Fine Water Summit, Day Two
19:00 - 23:00 | TASTE AWARDS Ceremony
*We will create a custom menu experience and will have all more than 50 waters from all around the world available to taste and be matched with the food by the attending water sommeliers.
Fine Water Society Member
Participation in the TASTE AWARDS 2021 is free of charge for all current members of the Fine Water Society and there is nothing you need to do right now. We will contact you in early 2021 to confirm your participation and provide you with the shipping instructions.
We have limited availability for waters from unprocessed waters from a natural source as defined by the Fine Water Society to participate in the TASTE AWARDS 2021. The fee is $900 for the participation of water in all categories. Register as a Non-Member for the TASTE AWARDS 2021
We would love to see in person participation of brands at the TASTE AWARDS as well as the Fine Water Summit and the Bled Water Festival all held over a three day period. If you cannot make it in person shipping the water is enough to participate in the TASTE AWARDS.
We will provide shipping instructions in April of 2021.