IWSC sponsors thanked at celebratory lunch
IWSC sponsors and judges celebrated the world’s premier wine and spirit competition at luxury Mayfair dining club Mosimann’s earlier this month.
Sponsors, which include the likes of Amazon, Purity Vodka and Frescobaldi, play a key role in the competition’s overwhelming success, and the exclusive lunch provides an opportunity for the IWSC to thank them for their invaluable support.
The celebration began with a sparkling wine reception, where guests were served the silver medal-winning Ferrari Perlé 2010, provided by former IWSC president Matteo Lunelli. For lunch, guests were treated to Anton Mosimann’s signature dish of roast guinea fowl, accompanied by two award-winning wines: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2016 and Takapoto Estate Central Orago Pinot Noir 2012, winners of the Chenin Blanc Trophy and New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year respectively, while outgoing president Chris Blandy provided the trophy-winning 1980 Blandy’s Vintage Madeira Terrantez for the dessert.
Many guests were still buzzing from their wins at the Awards Banquet the night before, including master blender Thomas Kuuttanen of Purity Vodka, who was awarded both the Vodka Trophy and Vodka Producer of the Year. “I’m very honoured to have been awarded by the IWSC. As the oldest and biggest spirits competition in the world, it means a lot to me. It’s a fantastic feeling”, he said.
Key sponsor Leonardo Frescobaldi and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Richard Paterson also attended the event, along with chair of the judging panel Philip Goodband MW and IWSC brand ambassadors Jing Song and Michele Shah.
David Scace, global vice president of Hellmann Beverage Logistics, which sponsored the Wine Producer of the Year trophies for Australia, Germany, and New Zealand, said that Hellmann’s partnership with the IWSC was hugely beneficial. “The sponsorship has formed relationships for Hellmann with many brand owners in the wine and spirit industry, something that would not be possible outside of this unique partnership”, he said.
Richard Stoppard, IWSC chief operating officer, added, “It was a real pleasure to be able to celebrate another successful year with our IWSC sponsors at Mosimann’s. Without their help and support we could not have presented such a memorable banquet. We truly value their continued support.”
- “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 greatest 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