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Now in its 49th 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 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 IWSC was to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, and this aim remains the same today, encouraging recognition for quality products.

Entries 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 IWSC’s dedicated tasting premises.

The IWSC 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 seven months of the year.

Upcoming Deadlines

21 March

Spain Final Deadline

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23 March

France Group Shipping

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23 March

France Group Shipping

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03 April

Germany, Austria & Switzerland Final Deadline

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Upcoming Events

15 April
18 Apr

Vinitaly 2018

Verona, Italy

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24 April
27 Apr

ProWine Singapore 2018


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21 May
23 May

London Wine Fair 2018

London, UK

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29 May
31 May

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong

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