The Group


The IWSC Group is the world leader in organising wine and spirit events around the globe. For more information please visit

In addition to The International Wine and Spirit Competition, the IWSC Group operates 5 others brands including:

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) runs in partnership with the London-based International Wine & Spirit Competition.
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is the first truly Asian wines and spirits competition of its kind in the world, it has been created specifically for the Asian market by those who know and are intimately involved in the region.
Supported by key factors such as: Chinese food and wine pairing awards; an award for Best Wine produced in China; and judging is conducted by Asia’s most esteemed wine judges from China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India – including the competition’s Director and Master of Wine, Hong Kong-based Debra Meiburg MW and Chinese food and wine expert Simon Tam.
The competition results will offer the Asian wine consumer the ultimate guide to purchasing wine that is sensitive to the Asian palate and cultural consumption patterns.
Being recognised by the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition provides winemakers with instant prestige in the market. With the competition being the first truly Asian wine competition, the vast population of wine consumers in Asia, each year eagerly anticipate the results.
Spirits of the Americas is a new venture that seeks to celebrate the diversity and innovation of distilling in the Americas by recognising the very best that’s out there and bringing it to consumers for their enjoyment. The Competition is going from strength to strenght, with the 2nd annual Spirits of the Americas competition having attracted even more entries than last year.
This is done through the competition and the November event which showcase the breadth of the "Spirits of the Americas".
From Canada to Chile, the Americas have a diverse and fascinating culture of distilling using a variety of base materials from grain through agave to sugar cane and beyond.
The Americas have always had traditionally strong regional spirits whether it be the rums of the Caribbean, the Tequilas of Mexico or the Bourbons of Kentucky but recent years have seen spirits being produced in the most surprising of places whether it be vodka from Maine and Argentina, gin from San Francisco or absinthe from Philadelphia.
Come to encompass the fascinating and pioneering art of distilling, bringing together the distillers and consumers to learn, be entertained and most importantly taste! Enjoy celebrating with the winners of the Spirits of the Americas Competition and interacting with their expert distillers who will share their products, their passion and their knowledge.

Whiskies of the World® organizes whisky tasting events with brands across the globe attending and showcasing their latest releases. We welcome consumers and the trade alike to our events and we promotewhisky knowledge and appreciation.  

Whiskies of the World® Expo takes place annually in San Francisco, San Jose, Austin and Atlanta. Every year, the San Francisco Expo attracts over 1400 guests to sample superlative whiskies and the chance to meet the outstanding personalities of the whisky world. The Expo is famous for hosting brand ambassadors and distillers.

Come and have the opportunity to sample a wide range of whiskies: from the biggest brand names to expressions from the world’s greatest independent bottlers to some of the rarest bottles in the world.  Whiskies from around the globe including the US, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Australia are often at the show and even a few that will surprise the most savvy connoisseur.                                                             
Not only does Whiskies of the World® Expo showcase whiskies but it also features American craft distillers.  American craft distilling is a growing luxury segment of the spirits industry. These artisans offer samples of their handcrafted vodkas, gins, liqueurs and other varieties of distilled spirits at the Expo..Join us at Whiskies of the World® Expo and celebrate the “water of life”.
What Food What Wine South Africa?
What Food What Wine? is an exciting competition which takes your favourite South African 'every-day recipes' and finds the best wines to match.
Using a crack team of food and wine experts , we find the best wines to match with each    dish. The aim is to help wine drinkers experiment with confidence when it comes to finding wines to go with their favourite dishes.
In our inaugural 2013 What Food What Wine? Competition, categories included; 'Snacks', including dishes such as Biltong, the much-loved 'Traditionally South African' including Pap & Wors and Babotie, 'Familiar Favourites' including Mushroom Risotto and Lasagne and finally the 'For Afters' category, all created by our food director, Jenny Morris. As South Africa's first major food and wine matching competition, it differs from the other wine competitions in that all wines are judged specifically and only on the suitability of the match. 

The Spirits of Mexico 
The oldest, largest and most comprehensive festival for agave and other Mexican spirits in North America, The Mexican Spirits Tasting Festival is being held this year on September 28 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA.
Through seminars hosted by recognized industry professionals, guests learn about the history and culture of each spirit, current trends and appropriate tasting techniques.
It is our belief that through education on all aspects of these spirits, imbibers will consume responsibly and hold in the highest regard, the generations of master distillers and blenders whose art form is experienced in each delicious drop.
Celebrating the distiller’s art, The Spirits of Mexico brings together master distillers and blenders, authors, aficionados, mixologists, distributors, retailers, ambassadors; world renowned and new-to-market-brands; and above all, it brings together the surging group of admiring fans who have created the double-digit growth of Tequila and other Mexican spirits.



Part of the  IWSC Group