The club normally conducts two general competitions each year, along with several special competitions in particular types of wine. The rules governing these competitions are here: Rules for Purple Foot Wine Competitions
The Winter Wine Competition is the main annual competition, held at the regular membership meeting in February. As of 2020, the Competition will use the following categories:
These revised categories were discussed extensively in the November 2013 newsletter. In a nutshell:
The other major competition is the Nouveau Competition, held annually in the spring (normally May). The categories are the same as the Winter Wine Competition (excluding the 'Aged' category), with the added requirement that the wine must be no more than one year old at the date of competition. The intent of the competition is to encourage members to bottle their wines from the previous season.
The Nouveau and Aged categories are as follows:
In addition to the two main competitions each year, the club holds several specialty competitions. Currently these include the Apple Wine Competition, normally held at the November general meeting, and the Rhubarb Challenge, now held at the May general meeting. Separate entries must be submitted for these, and the level of feedback to entrants is more limited than for the regular competitions. Winners receive custody of the applicable traveling trophies for the year following each competition.