International wine &
spirit competition

Processo de Avaliação


We run a structured and rigorous judging process. Wines not only are assessed blind by decision-makers but also showcased at the end of each judging session.

1. When entering your wines to the IWSC, you will be asked to fill in your distribution channel and indicate if you are interested in the on-trade, off-trade or multinational.
2. Wines are pre-poured in numbered glasses to guarantee anonymity.
3. Wines are assessed blind by industry leaders, including critics and commercial decision-makers within the on-trade and off-trade.
4. Our experts assess ~65 wines throughout the course of the day. This is to allow for panel discussions and to avoid palate fatigue.
5. After each tasting session, rated wines are showcased to the decision-makers - giving your wines extra exposure
6. You will receive the list of experts who assessed and tasted your wine at the end of the tasting session.
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The IWSC runs a structured and rigorous two-stage judging process, first using the ‘double-blind’ judging method, meaning samples are tasted in pre-poured numbered glasses so that judges never see a bottle. Each spirit is judged by a whole panel in sync, allowing for group discussions.

1. Secure cellars for storage of spirits.
2. Every label is checked to ensure rigorous categorisation.
3. Samples served in numbered glasses to guarantee anonymity.
4. Judging panels made up of an optimum mix of experts from a diverse range of trade backgrounds and coming from over 30 countries.
5. Our experts assess ~ 65 samples through the course of the day; this allows judges plenty of time to taste each spirit and avoid palate fatigue.
6. All Gold winners are re-tasted by a Spirits Judging Committee member to give the final seal of approval.

Our Judges

Winning a coveted IWSC award isn’t easy, but that’s what makes the medal so well respected among trade and consumers alike.

IWSC judges are experts and influencers from across the wine trade and across the world. Wine are judged by the buyers, for the buyers.

Our Wine Judging Committee meets once a quarter to ensure the upmost integrity, accurary and impartiality during the judging process.

Why do we need multiple bottles?

We want to ensure that if a wine or spirit is faulty or a bottle is broken, we can serve a fresh sample to our judges to avoid any of your wines or spirits getting an unfair score. If your wine or spirit is put forward for a trophy, we will use one of the additional bottles in these judging sessions. In addition, we often promote winning wines and spirits at a range of both trade and consumer events throughout the year.

Wine scoring system

An excellent wine with great personality. An example that stands out among its peers.An accomplished wine with considerable personality, character and complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.A perfectly well-made wine which provides an enjoyable drinking experience.

Spirits scoring system

Gold OutstandingGoldSilverBronze
Natural Gold 98-10095-10090-9485-89
An outstanding spirit with a naturally exceptional balance, complexity and power. An example that immediately sets itself apart from others in the category.An excellent spirit with an exceptional balance and rare and complex flavours. An example that stand out against its peers.An accomplished spirit with good balance, strong character and good complexity. A classic example of its style or variety.A perfectly well-made spirit which provides an enjoyable drinking experience. A good reflection of the category style.