Water Tasting Competition | Bled, Slovenia 2021

TASTE & DESIGN AWARDS | June 10 & 11, 2021

Like wine, water deserves attention and the FineWaters International Water Tasting Competition TASTE & DESIGN AWARDS 2021 will be conducted with a 5 judge panel of professional and experienced international water sommeliers. Water is not just water. It has terroir, comes from a real place and has character.

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..

Registration deadline: Please register by Friday, April 30th

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

Water Brand


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.


Thursday, June 10th
09:00 - 11:00 | Public water tasting competition by jury live-streamed

11:00 - 17:00 | Fine Water Summit & Bled Water Festival

Friday, June 11th
09:00 - 17:00 | Fine Water Summit & Bled Water Festival
19:00 - 21:00 | Water Tasting Dinner curated by our Water Sommeliers*
21:00 - 22:00 | TASTE AWARDS Ceremony & BWF Awards

*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.




The FineWaters International Water Tasting Competition TASTE AWARDS 2020 will be held in conjunction with the Bled Water Festival and the Fine Water Summit. The Bled Water Festival is the leading platform for water innovations in the region and known for connecting organizations, international experts, activists, film makers, business people. The Fine Water Summit is the premier conference for the Premium Water Category, bringing brands, distributors, water sommeliers and experts together for a two day conference.

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.

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