International Wine & Spirits Competition

FAQs

FAQs

Payment

£140 + VAT for online entry                                                                                 

£160 + VAT for offline entry

 Sort CodeAccount NumberSwift CodeIBAN Number
£ Sterling20-01-5843783006BARCGB22GB95 BARC 2001 5843 7830 06
€ Euros20-01-5858945255BARCGB22GB15 BARC 2001 5858 9452 55
$ Dollars20-01-5886763411BARCGB22GB09 BARC 2001 5886 7634 11

Your invoice will be sent to you via email. If you haven't received your invoice after two weeks, please contact rhiannon.grue@theconversiongrp.com.

Early Bird offer: for Northern and  Southern Hemisphere: enter by 31 January  to save £20 per entry!

Trade fair offer: Save 50% on shipping by dropping your samples at the IWSC stand at Wine Paris or ProWein.

*Early Bird offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, including bottle collection at international trade fairs.

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Delivering Samples

Yes. Send an email to dimple.athavia@iwsc.net to speak to a member of our team about this.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (group shipping) or independent courier. You can find more information on our shipping details page

We will be collecting bottles at a number of key trade events around the globe, throughout the year. Upcoming events include Wine Paris and Prowein. This costs £26 for wine, sake and vermouth and £65 for spirits. Please contact us for more information.

Products may be submitted with a temporary label. It must contain all required legal information. We do not accept tank samples.

You must send three bottles of each wine and sake entry, or two bottles for spirits and vermouth.

If you are entering expensive spirits, we are sometimes able to accept fewer offers. Contact us if you need more information.

500ml, 700ml, 750ml, or 750cl

Login to your account, select 'Manage Entries' and then you will be able to print a label.

The IWSC aims to be as environmentally-friendly as we can, so please avoid polystyrene where possible.

Any other packaging is acceptable, so long as your samples can get to us in good condition.

Competition logistics

We have a full list of entry categories available for you to download.

You will also be able to view all the categories during the entry process.

We have different entry and shipping deadlines for various regions which can be viewed on our website.

Not usually, but if we do the details will be on in the deadlines area of our website.

Please get in touch if you have a specific request.

Judging process

Our judging panels are made up of an optimum mix of experts from a diverse range of trade backgrounds. We have more than 400 judges from over 30 countries.

No, at the IWSC we judge wines and spirits purely based on quality. Judges do not receive any information regarding the prices or indication of its value.

No, only the top scoring wines and spirits receive medals. The scoring is different for wines and spirits. Click here to read more about the IWSC’s scoring system.

Results of the competition

You will receive an email notifying you if you have won any awards. You will also be able to access your results by logging in to your account on our website.

Some results will be embargoed prior to a public accoucement, but winners will find out the results in advance so that they can plan publicity beforehand.

Winners all receive a free certificate and standard resolution medal artwork.

Winners are able to purchase high res logos, artwork and bottle stickers by logging in to their account.

IWSC Gold medal winning products are tasted by over 500 of the UK's leading importers, retailers and critics. We have dedicated social media campaigns running throughout the year to publicise winning products. We also work with trade bodies to promote competition winners at a number of events around the world, including ProWein, Wine Paris and Vinitaly. Find out more.

Winners will also receive marketing tool kit to help them promote their win via PR campaigns and social media.

Winners will receive their printed certificates around two weeks after the competition results are announced. You can also download a copy from our website by logging in to your account.

You can search our database of winners from 2013 onwards. For archived results, please email info@iwsc.net.

The Silver award scoring has changed in 2019. The entire scoring system has moved upwards. In 2017 and 2018 a score of 80 to 85 was awarded a silver medal and a score of 86 to 90 was awarded a silver outstanding.

As of 2019 we have discontinued Silver Outstanding and Silver score is now 90 to 94.

Stickers

A roll of 1000 stickers costs £55 plus delivery.

Winners can log into their account on our website to access purchasing their stickers there.

The discount currently offered is £50 per roll for orders of 10 rolls or more.

Yes you are able to incorporate the digital artwork of IWSC medal stickers on your label. Free low resolution stickers are available for free and high resolution artwork is available for purchase.

The stickers are 25mm in diameter.

Please call our Operations Team on +44 (0)1483 548 963. 

Contact us

The IWSC Warehouse is located at: Building 17, Dunsfold Park, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB, UK.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.