International wine &
spirit competition

Presidents & ambassadors

Presidents & ambassadors

PRESIDENTS, OFFICERS & AMBASSADORS

The IWSC has a dedicated team of people worldwide, working to promote and regulate the competition year-round.

This team includes IWSC Officers who regulate the competition, Brand Ambassadors who promote winners year-round, and the IWSC President, who is chosen each year for their stature and reputation in the industry, acting as an embodiment of the competition’s key goal of recognising quality wines and spirits throughout the world.

IWSC President 2019: Sir George Fistonich

Sir George Fistonich is founder and president of acclaimed New Zealand winery Villa Maria. Since quitting a life as a carpenter aged 21, Fistonich has gone on to celebrate more than five decades at the helm, winning countless local and international awards. In 2009 he received a knighthood for services to the New Zealand wine industry, the first of its kind.

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Former Presidents

Former Presidents

JahrNameUnternehmenLand
2016Matteo LunelliFerrari and the Lunelli GroupItaly
2015Neil McGuigan Australian Vintage Australia
2014Dr Laura Catena Bodegas Catena ZapataArgentina
2013G. Garvin Brown IV Brown-Forman Corporation USA
2012Mauricio Gonzalez Gordon Gonzalez Byass S.A. Spain
2011Prince Robert of Luxembourg Domaine Clarence Dillon France
2010Prinz Michael Zu Salm-Salm Prinz Salm Dalberg'sches WeingutGermany
2009Sir Ian Good The Edrington Group United Kingdom
2008Rafael Guilisasti Viñedos Emiliana SAChile
2007Gina Gallo E&J Gallo Family EstateUSA
2006Anthony Von Mandl Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Canada
2005Wolf BlassWolf Blass Wines Australia
2004Paul Symington Symington Family EstatesPortugal
2003Claes DahlbäckVin & Spirit Sweden
2002Dominique Hériard DubreuilRémy-CointreauFrance
2001Warren WiniarskiStags Leap Wine CellarsUSA
2000Baroness Philippine de RothschildBaron Philippe de RothschildFrance
1999Miguel TorresMiguel TorresSpain
1998Sir Anthony GreenerDiageoUnited Kingdom
1997Jean HugelHugel et FilsFrance
1996Dr Anton Rupert Rembrandt GroupSouth Africa
1995Marchese Leonardo de' FrescobaldiMarchesi dé FrescobaldiItaly
1994Michael JackamanAllied DomecqUnited Kingdom
1993May de LencquesaingChâteau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de LalandeFrance
1992Chris Hancock Hon MWRosemount EstatesAustralia
1991Peter MF SichelH. Sichel SöhneUSA
1990Robert DrouhinMaison Joseph DrouhinFrance
1989José Ignacio Domecq DomecqSpain
1988Marchese Piero AntinoriMarchese AntinoriItaly
1987Kenneth Graham FIAEWhyte & MackayUnited Kingdom
1986Dr Max Lake Oenologist & lecturerAustralia
1985Marquis de GoulaineChâteau de GoulaineFrance
1984Mme Odette Pol Roger Champagne Pol RogerFrance
1983Robert Mondavi Hon MWMondavi WineryUSA
1982Dr Hans AmbrosiOenologist & lecturerGermany
1981Harry Waugh MBE Hon MW Wine consultantUnited Kingdom
1980Peter Noble CBEWine consultantUnited Kingdom
1979Cyril RayAuthor & JournalistUnited Kingdom
1978Sir Reginald Bennett VDRPoliticianUnited Kingdom
1977Lord Montagu of BeaulieuFounder Wine Guild of the United KingdomUnited Kingdom
1976Sir Humphrey Edwardes JonesSenior Commander Royal Air ForceUnited Kingdom
2017Chris BlandyBlandy'sPortugal
2018Facundo BacardíBacardíUSA