Rules & regulations

The Frankfurt International Trophy is placed under the authority of the Hesse Ministry of Agriculture. Only medals from wine competitions recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture may be included on wine labels.See the list

Rules and Regulations of the Frankfurt International Trophy

1. The Frankfurt International Trophy, situated at An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz, Germany, hereafter called the "FIT" is a wine, beer and spirits, hereafter called "Products" competition with previously registered wines which are eligible to be granted an award based on quality.
2. The FIT is organised by Caleho GmbH located at An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz, Germany, and Armonia, located at Parc du Peloux – 331 chemin de la croix de fer – 69400 LIMAS, France, hereafter called « The Organisers » and takes place in Frankfurt on the Main.
3. The objective of the FIT are:
- to promote knowledge of wine, beer and spirits of outstanding quality, to the public,
- take consumer tastes better into account by inviting experienced amateurs to be part of its juries,
- to support consumers to make even better choices
- and to put Frankfurt city on the map of the world

WINE COMPETITION: all wines in the world, with or without a geographical denomination, are allowed to register: still wines, liqueur wines, sparkling and semi-sparkling wines. Each wine must be in conformity with regulations in force in its country of origin.
All these products must be destined for sale and must be from a homogeneous batch of at least 1000 litres. A reduced volume, of at least 100 litres, may be admitted upon justification of a low production.
BEER COMPETITION: are allowed to register all drinks in the world being marketed under the designation "Beer".
SPIRITS COMPETITION: are allowed to register all spirits, brandies and liqueurs in the world.

The following professionals may participate:
winemakers, cooperatives, associated cooperatives, groups of producers, producers, merchants, importers, brewers, commercial agents, distillers, manufacturers.

For each Product registered, 3 samples of 0.5l or 0.75l shall be submitted. Sales labels in conformity with the regulations of the country of production or sale shall be affixed to the sample bottles before they are submitted.
Samples should arrive at the FIT ‘postage paid’, i.e., with shipping, customs duties and taxes paid by the sender. Bottles shall be sent at the participant’s expense and at his or her own risk. Any sample sent shipping due will be refused. Samples received that do not correspond to registration information or were not previously registered will not be presented for tasting and will remain the property of the FIT.

The participant must provide the information required to open an account. He or she must also complete a registration form, called a product form, for each product submitted. This may be done by post or online.
Registration by post: The completed participant form and product form(s) should be sent to the following address: Frankfurt International Trophy - An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz - Germany. Forms are available on the FIT’s website (, hereafter known as the “site”, or upon request.
Online registration:
a) The participant must open an account on the site. He or she will then have a personal account that can be used to present products. There is no charge for opening an account.
b) A form must be completed on the site for each product submitted. This form is available on the site from the participant’s personal account.

2. Registration fees must be paid in accordance with provisions laid down in Article 7. Payment methods are also described in detail in Article 7.
The information provided on both forms is binding on its author.
For wines registration, an analysis report (see article 6) for each wine must be sent to the address given above in order to register for the FIT.

The analysis report should include information that makes it possible to identify the sample, along with the following analytical information:
1. alcoholic strength
2. sugars
3. total acidity
4. volatile acidity
5. total sulphur dioxide content (SO2)
6. excess pressure from carbon dioxide for sparkling wine

1. The amounts of registration fees are indicated on the participant form and on the site. They are given in euros, and are the same for all countries: 42.50 € excluding VAT for each product presented.
2. The payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.
In keeping with European legislation, participants with a VAT number who are in the EU will be invoiced ex-VAT.
The choice of payment method for the registration fees is made online in the participant’s personal space, after having completed the product registration process. Credit card payment is made via a secure online payment system (Visa, Mastercard).
Payment should be made to the order of « The Organisers ».
3. If registration fees for a product have not been paid, the sample will not be allowed to take part in the competition.
The FIT is not responsible for paying bank fees. Credit cards are charged on the day the registration is recorded.
Registration fees cannot be reimbursed if, for example, samples or forms arrive after the deadline, if the product does not receive a prize, or if the registration is cancelled for any reason.
Participants shall receive an invoice by email. If the participant does not have an email account, the invoice will be sent by fax or post, as requested.

The opening and closing dates for registrations, as well as the deadline for the samples reception are available upon request from the FIT (Frankfurt International Trophy - An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz - Germany). This information also can be found on the website

1. Juries are composed of jurors who are designated and called directly by The Organisers from a list of jurors who have voluntarily registered on the FIT’s website.
2. The samples shall be evaluated by juries, whose numbers shall be set
according to the number and the nature of products presented at the competition.
3. For each category the jury will be composed of max. 5 and at least 3 persons. Half of the total number of jurors shall be professionals (oenologists, cellar masters, wine merchants, producers, cellar managers, brewers, distillers, brokers, wholesalers, sommeliers, restaurant owners, importers, retailers).
4. The jurors are designated "intuitu personae". Therefore, they may only be replaced by the authority which designated them.
5. The organiser has the right to disqualify any juror, if necessary, to avoid having a competitor judge his own products.
6. If one or more members of the jury are absent on the day of the tasting, the organisers may designate substitute jurors.

Products are entered in the competition in the hope of obtaining an award. Samples are judged on the basis of their organoleptic qualities, which are evaluated by the jury using a marking scale provided by the FIT.
Each sheet must likewise include the jury number.

Article 16: ROLE OF JURORS
1. After tasting the sample, each juror shall tick the box on each line corresponding to the appraisal of a given characteristic.
2. The taster can make possible observations in the appropriate space, and then
he/she can submit the sheet.
3. Each product is tasted individually and not in comparison.

1. The sum of all the medals awarded to the samples must not exceed one third of the total of samples presented at the competition.
2. Only samples with a score equal or higher than 80 points can be awarded.
3. The Frankfurt International Trophy grants the following awards:
- Grand Gold Medal - at least 92 points
- Gold Medal - at least 85 points
- Silver Medal - at least 80 points

1. Awards granted are accompanied by documentary proof, or a "Diploma",
established by the organiser.
This diploma indicates the exact designation of the sample which received the award and the exact identification of the corresponding participant.
2. Awards obtained are represented in the form of a medal.
3. In order to ensure traceability of granting awards, the organisers shall keep all the relevant documents with regard to sample registration, in addition to a copy of the wine-samples which received awards, for at least one year after the competition was held.

Any reproduction or representation, either total or partial, of the medal, logo, name, or any part whatsoever of the website is strictly forbidden without prior written agreement. Reproduction of medals cannot be made without authorisation, and the graphic representation cannot undergo any sort of modification, correction, or adaptation.
In every respect, and under all circumstances, the name, brand, and distinctive signs found on the site or any other medium developed and used by the FIT are protected by copyright.

The FIT reserves the right to cancel any incomplete or erroneous registration and to eliminate any sample that does not conform to rules and regulations. It also reserves the right to have a certified wine analysis laboratory perform an analytical verification of award-winning samples and to take any subsequent steps it deems necessary. The FIT may take samples at sales points to verify that samples tasted correspond to bottles actually found for sale in stores or at the vineyard.

ARTICLE 22: USE OF THE « Frankfurt International Trophy » BRAND NAME
Use of the “Frankfurt International Trophy” brand name or the logo corresponding to the distinction awarded is subject to payment of a royalty or permit fee. The medal may be printed on wine labels only by Competition-certified printers. Non-payment of fees shall nullify the concerned party’s right to use the brand name or logo. Any use of the brand name or logo outside the conditions defined in these rules and regulations, the graphics charter, or any other document to which it may refer, shall be considered fraudulent. In such a case, a 20% penalty shall be added to the fees (royalty or permit) levied for the entire lot under consideration.

Participation in the FIT includes acceptance of these rules and regulations, which may be obtained upon request from the Frankfurt International Trophy, An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz, Germany.

A competition participant who has been found guilty of not respecting these rules and regulations shall be subject to the following: retraction of any awards received, exclusion from the competition, legal action instigated at the organisers’ request.

These rules and regulations are subject to german law. The language of the rules and regulations is german.
In the case of any dispute or legal action taken against the Frankfurt International Trophy or The Organisers, Courts of Frankfurt am Main (Germany) shall be the only competent authority regardless of the nationalities of the parties to the conflict.