Announcing the first of its 2023 medal results, the IWSC is delighted to share the results following a dedicated tasting of wines from Georgia.
Following two days tasting wines from across Georgia at Tibilisi’s Wine Exchange, the IWSC is delighted to announce the first of its 2023 medal results.
IWSC judges Cat Lomax, Megan Clarke, Maggie Macpherson, and Salvatore Castano joined forces with Georgian wine experts to creating a “powerful combination of judges”, according to Wine Committee member and Master of Wine, Sarah Abbott, who led the award judging.
Sarah comments: “This collaboration was an unprecedented opportunity for Georgian producers to benefit from an internationally recognised competition, hosted in their country.”
For last years judging, the IWSC received a total of 56 wines from Georgia, however hosting the judging ‘in situ’ in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, resulted in an increase of entries of over 750%.
Almost 500 entries were received for the first of our 2023 wine judging, double the anticipated number of entries, resulting in an extra day of judging for our experts.
Gold medals, the IWSC’s highest accolade were awarded to 16 entrants. Additionally, an impressive 63 silver medals were awarded and 209 bronze medals.
Sarah adds: “This was such an exciting judging session. The quality and diversity of the wines was thrilling. The diversity of varieties and regions represented across the results reflects the transformation in Georgian wine over recent years. It was a pleasure and education to judge alongside top Georgian wine experts.
"What’s really great about these results is how diverse the awarded wines are. It’s great to see the more delicate wines from the western regions recognised, as well as the more familiar rich styles of the east. And to see so many different varieties being made commercially and to such a high standard. While the main 2 grape varieties do dominate planted hectarage, these results vindicate the drive of producers to recuperate and replant their native varieties."