Frankfurt International Spirits Trophy

The Frankfurt International Spirits Trophy is the biggest international competition in Germany to invite experienced amateurs to parcipate as jurors.

Amateurs, well-known sommeliers and other international experts taste and judge the spirits together. The goal is to take consumer tastes better into account in the selection.

Sponsored by Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldmann, it takes place every year in the historical hall of the famous Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, which dates back to 1870 and is located in the heart of Frankfurt-on-the-Main.

The competition has strong ties to the restaurant world and is represented each year by an honorary president of renown (famous German Michelin star chef). For the 2019 edition, Erik Arnecke, chef at the "Philipp Soldan, Frankenberg" (one Michelin star), is the Honorary president of the Frankfurt International Trophy.

Since 2018, the competition is open to spirits from all over the world

The spirits competition includes 157 different categories to guarantee a precise selection for buyers and a wide choice of spirits for consumers.

Consumers can be confident in their purchase of spirits awarded medals by the Frankfurt competition: they have been rigourously selected. Both buyers and consumers profit from the high standards of the ISO-9001 certified competition and the ‘consumer opinion’ expressed on each medal-bearing bottle.

It’s an opportunity for the selection of spirits to take full advantage of the notoriety that the competition already enjoys with buyers and consumers.


Highest standards of tasting rules

The Frankfurt International Spirits Trophy has 157 categories so that every type of spirit in the extensive family of spirits can be judged seriously and with respect.

An international jury composed of experts, distillers, journalists from the specialized press and sommeliers blind-taste and mark the spirits. They are evaluated according to type, region, age and alcohol content. To avoid influencing judges, samples are not presented in their original bottles, but are placed in neutral, numbered bottles.

The competition also welcomes experienced amateurs to its juries, so that consumers’ tastes can be taken into account in the final marks. These amateurs are chosen for their aptitude and experience in tasting.

To guarantee buyers and consumers a real selection of the best products, the competition awards medals to no more than a third of the samples presented.

Key strengths

Active communication with buyers

The competition uses its extensive network to communicate results directly to the main decision-makers: buyers, sommeliers, restaurant owners, importers, journalists for the specialised press.

Dynamic communication via social networks and with more than 3,500 journalists in the mainstream print media gets competition results out to a maximum number of people.

Reasonable registration rate

Entering a sample in the competition costs €42.5, and medals for winners start at 14 euros per thousand, so the competition’s prices are very competitive.


Experienced amateurs and international experts taste and judge the products together. This guarantees a selection that represents consumers’ tastes, and makes the competition the only one of its kind in Germany.

Certified competition

The competition is recognised by the Hesse Ministry of Agriculture and ISO9001-certified. Certification is a guarantee - for both producers and consumers - of rigorous selection.

Strong ties to the restaurant world

The Frankfurt International Trophy is presided over each year by a well-known, Michelin-starred chef, whose responsibility it is to make the competition better known in the restaurant world.

Results 2019

2,600 wines, beers and spirits from 39 countries from around the world were tasted in Frankfurt on 12 and 13 April 2019.

96 experienced amateurs accompanied by 271 experts from 20 countries met in the historical hall of the famous Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, which dates back to 1870.

There, they tasted and acclaimed the world’s best wines, beers and spirits. In all, the tasters awarded medals to more than 805 wines, beers and spirits.