IWSC to take its global awards to Georgia

Wine news

Fri 9 Sep 2022

The IWSC has announced it will be taking its globally respected wine awards to Georgia this October.

Following its successful local judging in South Africa and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene earlier this summer, the IWSC is now inviting producers in Georgia to enter its awards.

Partnering with major regional event, The Gurjaani Wine Festival, the awards will be judged in Tbilisi on Thursday 13 October, with the results announced at the Festival, Saturday 15 October.

Sarah Abbott MW, who will be leading the panel of expert judges, said:

“Having a medal winning wine is a boost for any Georgian winery seeking to develop their UK and worldwide sales. Buyers from all channels take medals into account, especially when a region is emerging, like Georgia. Yet it can be challenging for wineries to send samples abroad, and this can be a barrier to entry.

This collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for Georgian producers to benefit from an internationally recognised competition, hosted in their country. It is also a powerful combination of UK and Georgian wine judging expertise, with a panel of highly respected and knowledgeable tasters.”

The judging panel will include wine buyers Megan Clarke and Maggie Macpherson, and head sommeliers, Salvatore Castano and Serdar Balkaya. Georgian experts confirmed for judging include Giorgi Dakishvili and Anna Godabrelidze.

Full information on how to participate in the judging can be found on the IWSC website. Entry for the IWSC wine judging in Georgia closes on 7 October.