International wine &
spirit competition

Presidents & ambassadors

Presidents & 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