Emerging Talent

IWSC's Emerging Talent awards are an unparalleled opportunity for new and exciting voices in the wine, spirit and hospitality industries to make their name and to gain wider exposure and recognition for their work.

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Emerging Talent in the Spirit Industry

New for 2021, this award is sponsored by Whyte & Mackay and open to UK residents.

The trophy is awarded to someone who demonstrates a real dedication and passion for spirits communication and education. If you or someone you know is disrupting the norms, communicating with energy or launching a brand-new way of educating the consumer then please nominate them below. 

The judging will take place at the end of March and the winner of the 2021 IWSC Emerging Talent in Spirit will be announced in April 2021.  

The winner will be invited to take a residency with Gregg Glass and Shane Healey in Whyte & Mackay Production Centre of Excellence, Inverness.

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Emerging Talent in the Hospitality Industry

New for 2021, this award is sponsored by Consorzio Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and open to UK applicants. The winner will be announced in March and they will be invited to Prosecco.

This trophy is awarded to someone who demonstrates a real dedication and passion within their role in the hospitality industry. If you are disrupting the norms, behind a bar, front of house, or redefining the way customers interact with drinks, then this is the award for you.

Entries are now closed! The judging will take place at the end of March and the winner will be announced in April 2021.

The winner will be invited to Prosecco as a guest of the Consorzio Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, with trip expenses covered!

Emerging Talent in the Wine Industry

Have you spotted someone who you think is destined to be the wine world’s next big star? The Emerging Talent in the Wine Industry award is designed to find just that.

The trophy is awarded to someone who demonstrates a real dedication and passion for wine beyond the scope of their day job; the recipient will have already established a track record in their field, will be taking part in the wider aspects of the wine trade, and will show commitment and determination in everything they do.

Sponsored by Waitrose, this award was created to honour the late Julian Brind MW, who was an integral part of the Waitrose & Partners wine team for over 40 years and a long-standing IWSC judge.

Entries are now closed! The judging will take place at the end of March and the winner of the 2021 IWSC Emerging Talent in Wine will be announced in April 2021.

Previous winners include Sula Richardson (pictured above left), Clara Rubin, Nik Darlington, Ross Carter and Justin Howard Sneyd MW, Dawn Davies, Xavier Rousset MS and Sam Harrop MW.

Bartender award

This award recognises the very finest talent in the bartender community. In paternership with Global Bartending Talent agency, we are looking for an individual who is leading the way in creativity and trendsetting in the bar world. Someone who is disrupting the norm and having a wider conversation about the importance of the on-trade activities through their actions and words.  The winner will be a natural ambassador due to the influence, knowledge and respect they garner from both industry peers and the wider public. 

This award is open to all international bartenders. 

Entries are now closed! The judging will take place at the end of March and the winner of the 2021 IWSC Bartender will be announced in April 2021.