Now in its 47th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded ‘Club Oenologique’ in 1969. Massel had the idea of creating a wine and spirit competition which was based not just on organoleptic judgement but where all entries also had to undergo chemical analysis.
In 1978 the name was changed to the ‘International Wine & Spirit Competition’ and the disciplines of the Competition were refined into what we know the competition to be today. Technical controls were tightened to ensure the highest quality standards were achieved and maintained to a consistent standard year after year.
The original aim of the Competition was to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide and this aim remains the same today, encouraging recognition for quality products.
Entries into the Competition are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide and each sample is judged according to its class and treated with the same care and consideration in the Competition’s dedicated tasting premises.
The Competition is proud to set the international benchmark for quality remaining unique in the crowded world of drinks competitions with dedicated tasting premises, a permanent onsite cellar and over 400 global experts judging products for 7 months of the year.
- “We believe the IWSC provides a unique level of international expertise and competition. Consumers understand the value of our spirits being judged by the IWSC to be some of the best in the world, and we consistently see growth in our brands because of the IWSC honors awarded to them.”Harlen WheatleyMaster Distiller, Buffalo Trace
- “We have been entering the IWSC for well over a decade as it's one of the most prestigious competitions of its type. The rigorous judging process is second to none and it is a huge accolade for us to win medals as it validates our focus on producing quality wines for our customers.”Kimberley DavenportMarketing and PR Manager, Beers, Wines & Spirits, Sainsbury's Supermarkets
- “As the IWSC is one of the best-judged wine shows in the world, any wine with an IWSC medal is greeted very favourably by the consumer”Neil McGuiganCEO, Australian Vintage, 2015 IWSC President