Achievement Awards accepting nominations
The IWSC is now receiving nominations for this year's Achievement Awards!
Please head here if you wish to nominate yourself, a person, or organisation you think deserve an award. Entries are free, and you are able to select more than one person for each award.
The deadline for all nominations is 5th February 2017.
We will be collecting nominations from people all over the wine and spirits industries after which nominees will be sent a form inviting them to provide further information about themselves, and why they should win to our panel of esteemed judges.
The Wine Communicator of the Year award, sponsored by Vinitaly, and the Spirit Communicator of the Year award, sponsored by Chivas Brothers, are designed to recognise an individual or organisation whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness in wines or spirits, in the last 12 months.
Potential communicators will have spent many years of their professional life associated with wines or spirits, although only work from the last year will be considered for the trophy.
The Julian Brind Trophy for outstanding achievement in the Wine Industry, sponsored by Waitrose, is designed to find the next big star in the wine industry.
This title will be awarded to the person who demonstrates dedication to the industry and a real passion for wine. The recipient will have established an early track record in their field and be taking part in wider aspects of the wine trade, showing commitment & determination in everything they do.
The Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky Trophy recognises individuals who are making truly outstanding personal contributions to the scotch whisky industry.
Nominees can be members of the industry from any sector who have made a contribution enhancing the image of scotch whisky. They must be foremost achievers, innovators showing clear evidence of successful leadership in the industry.
Past winners include Tyson Stelzer, Jane Parkinson, Dave Broom, Jancis Robinson MW and Alice Lascelles, Dr Bill Lumsden, Justin Howard Sneyd MW & Dawn Davies.
- “As a start-up brand you focus hard on achieving credibility and creating awareness. Winning Gold Outstanding and the Mezcal Trophy provided us with a level of credibility and exposure that we simply could not have achieved on our own. The awards helped secure key listings in Harvery Nichols and Selfridges and certainly played a significant part in opening up dialogue with potential U.S importers and ultimately securing one. I thought hard about which competition to enter and what the return on that investment would be. I can say with absolute confidence that the IWSC was worth every penny.”David ShepherdFounder & Director, Corte Vetusto
- “IWSC is a very important competition to us in terms of showing consumers our quality. It's one of the competitions that we definitely enter on a yearly basis.”Ian ChangMaster Blender, Kavalan Distillery
- “Out of all of the awards, the IWSC is probably the most prestigious and most honest awards. You choose your judges very well and they're very good, honest, decent people. They do it for the love of the industry.”Sukhinder SinghMD, The Whisky Exchange
- “The IWSC is a very prestigious competition. The prestige is a great thing to be able to communicate to our customers who have great respect for it.”David PorterOperations & Buying, Lea & Sandeman
- “The IWSC represents everything, without a doubt. There's no better competition in the world where you can judge yourself not just against your countrymen but against the rest of the world.”Andy AndersonWinemaker, Takapoto Estate
- “Fantastic company and fantastic award . . . In the wine industry, having an award like this is such an accolade.”Claire GriffithsCommercial Director, Vina Cono Sur
- “It's one of the great international awards you can get. It's similar to an Oscar, if you like.”Lenz MoserWinemaker, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Company
- “Because of the number of international judges that are tasting the wines and the number of wines that are being entered, it’s a great privilege for us to receive this award. The history of the competition, the standing that it has amongst the international wine world and certainly amongst one’s peers, to be able to get an award at the IWSC means a lot. There are a lot of competitions around the world – this probably represents the top award you could get as a winemaker.”Gary & Kathy JordanWinemakers, Jordan Wine Estate
- “It’s a great honour to win especially as nowadays people are focusing on the quality not just the numbers, so it does mean a huge amount getting recognition from an institution as well sought after as the IWSC.”Chris BlandyOwner, Blandy's Wines
- “This will be a recognition that will help in building the brand further, and building its prestige around the world.”Victor FuentesDirector General, El Coto de Rioja S.A
- “The IWSC is a well renowned, well looked up to standard and a symbol of premium products so it’s a great achievement to win any award.”Andrea FreeboroughCellar Master, Nederburg Wines