In the first round of category-award judging, regional category-awards will be given, one for each of the six regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia, Australasia), provided that there is a suitably worthy winner.
In the second round of category-award judging, the six regional winners in each of the above categories are then considered for the global title in each category. The following category awards are given on a global basis only: Best Airline Wine List; Best Cruise Line/Ship Wine List.
Additional categories for 2021:
- Best New Wine List (establishments opened after January 2019)
- Best Value Wine List
- Best Take-Away Wine List