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" Awards give trust – not everybody is familiar with Cognac, so it’s important that they can trust awards, especially when they are famous like IWSC. "

Francis Abécassis  /  ABK6, France  /  Brandy Producer 2019

" I like the breadth that IWSC offers. No longer are we just focusing on the major players, we’re looking at new regions where wine can be great. "

Madeline Puckette  /  Wine Folly, USA  /  Wine Communicator 2019

" IWSC is the pinnacle. We work hard to encourage brands to join our portfolio, so for them to see that we’ve won this award is very helpful. "

David Hood  /  Spirit Cartel, UK  /  Spirits Distributor 2019

" IWSC is the most relevant wine award in the world. This is the only one we enter, to measure ourselves against our peers in the industry. "

Abrie Beeslaar  /  Kanonkop, South Africa  /  Outstanding Wine Producer 2019

" Wine awards are super important. You’re judged at a similar level to other wines and to come out on top means that people trust what you’re doing. "

Tamara Roberts  /  Ridgeview Wine Estate, UK  /  IWSC President 2020

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Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, the IWSC remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded the original format back in 1969

When Massel created the International Wine & Spirit Competition, his aim – as it remains to this day – was to reward excellence in drinks worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and spirits. The IWSC is proud to set the international benchmark for quality, standing out in the crowded world of drinks awards with hundreds of global experts – including buyers, producers, distillers, sommeliers, distributors and influencers – judging wines and spirits throughout the year.

IWSC Judges' Insight: Rebecca Palmer

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Rebecca Palmer

Rebecca Palmer, associate director and buyer at Corney & Barrow, has 25 years of experience in the wine industry

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Future 50 Q&A: Konstantin Baum MW

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Future 50 Q&A: Konstantin Baum MW

Konstantin Baum MW, who runs the German online retail company meinelese.de, became Germany's youngest ever Master of Wine three years ago.

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Future 50 Q&A: Joel Harrison

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Future 50 Q&A: Joel Harrison

Future 50 spirits winner Joel Harrison is an award-winning drinks writer and commentator, specialising in whisky and fine spirits.

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Matt Chambers

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IWSC Judges' Insight: Matt Chambers

Matt Chambers hosts tasting events and writes for various printed and online publications alongside running his website Whisky For Everyone

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IWSC Business Insight: Origin Wine

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IWSC Business Insight: Origin Wine

Origin Wine, founded by Swiss winemaker Bernard Fontannaz in 2002, describes itself as “a one-stop service for the wine industry”

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Future 50 Q&A: Sarah Heller MW

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Future 50 Q&A: Sarah Heller MW

Asia-Pacific's youngest MW Sarah Heller has spent her time in lockdown writing, teaching online and working on her Visual Tasting Notes

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Future 50 Q&A: Leonid Fadeev

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Future 50 Q&A: Leonid Fadeev

MW student Leonid Fadeev heads up Russian winemaking start-up Cote Rocheuse alongside his website Vine & Wine

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IWSC Market Insight: the Russian wine market

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IWSC Market Insight: the Russian wine market

As Russians re-discover their love of wine, we examine how the Russian wine market works, and how you can get into it

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