The IWSC is heading back to Margaret River

Wine news

Thu 22 Feb 2024

By Kristen Dougall

The IWSC is taking its international awards back to Margaret River in Western Australia in partnership with the Margaret River Wine Association and Wines of Western Australia.

Following a hugely successful Global Judging in Margaret River last year, the IWSC is delighted to once again be taking a new panel of expert judges to Western Australia to join local judges for our Wine Judging in Margaret River.

Last year’s IWSC judges were so impressed by the quality of all the Margaret River entries, noting that “the bar had been raised very high”. There were 24 gold medals awarded, as well as 4 trophies awarded back in London (trophy winners are selected from a retasting of all gold-medal winners), as well as Margaret River producers taking home two of our Producer Trophies, Cherubino Wines won the ‘Outstanding Wine Producer of the Year Trophy’, and Cape Mentelle won the ‘Old Vine Trophy.’

This year, the Global judging will be open to all wines from all regions of Western Australia.

IWSC’s CEO, Christelle Guibert commented, “Following the huge success of last year’s Global Judging in Margaret River, we are delighted to once again be shining the spotlight on this award-winning boutique wine region. Our expert judges, that made up last year’s panel, were very impressed by the quality of Margaret River wines that they judged, the wines showed complexity and represented a variety of styles while maintaining a distinctive regional character. We look forward to showcasing even more wines as this year we open up the judging to all Western Australian wines.”

Margaret River Wine Association CEO, Amanda Whiteland said, “Having one of the world’s most highly regarded international wine competitions coming to Margaret River last year provided great exposure for the region’s wines, culture and geography. We believe that bringing retailers, sommeliers and media to the region is the best way to give them a comprehensive understanding and lasting impression of our wines.”

As always, the IWSC’s same stringent judging process will take place, but producers will benefit from a more convenient, local delivery and the opportunity to bring their wines to the global stage.

Our team of international judges will be fully immersed in the region as they join local Australian judging experts. Members of the judging panel will be announced in the following weeks. The judging will take place from 4-7 June and results will be announced on 10 June.

Award entrants will benefit from:

  • Discounted entry fee (£119) into one of the world’s most respected wine awards (usually £170) – by selecting “Wine Judging in Margaret River” as the ‘judging location’ in the entry process
  • Local delivery to a Margaret River location
  • Award-winning wines put in front of the IWSC’s global audience
  • Inclusion in the IWSC’s 2024 communication campaigns
  • Access to a panel of the IWSC’s internationally renowned wine judges
  • Free entry into the IWSC’s Green Wine Initiative Trophy, to recognise the myriad of considerate viticulture and wine making practices underway across the world, and Old Vine Trophy, recognising producers working to preserve and protect old vines and spread awareness of the importance of nurturing heritage vineyards.
Entry to the IWSC’s awards is open now. Delivery information will be shared soon. Entry for the IWSC’s Wine Judging in Margaret River closes on 7 May 2024.