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Testimonials

“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 Shepherd Founder & Director, Corte Vetusto
Awards Won: Mezcal Trophy 2017
“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 Chang Master Blender, Kavalan Distillery
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Distiller of the Year
“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 Singh MD, The Whisky Exchange
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Independent Spirits Retailer
“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 Porter Operations & Buying, Lea & Sandeman
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Independent Wine Retailer
“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 Anderson Winemaker, Takapoto Estate
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 New Zealand Wine Producer
“Fantastic company and fantastic award . . . In the wine industry, having an award like this is such an accolade.”Claire Griffiths Commercial Director, Vina Cono Sur
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Chilean Wine Producer
“It's one of the greatest international awards you can get. It's similar to an Oscar, if you like.”Lenz Moser Winemaker, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Company
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Chinese Wine Producer of the Year
“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 Jordan Winemakers, Jordan Wine Estate
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Chardonnay Trophy
“When we win those trophies, people around the world listen. They are serious awards. The opportunity to sell more expensive wines with more personality in independents and the on-trade has never been greater.”Neil McGuigan CEO, Australian Vintage
Awards Won: IWSC 2016 Australian Wine Producer Of The Year
“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 Blandy Owner, Blandy's Wines
Awards Won: IWSC 2017 Madeira Trophy
“This will be a recognition that will help in building the brand further, and building its prestige around the world.”Victor Fuentes Director General, El Coto de Rioja S.A
Awards Won: IWSC 2016 Rioja Trophy
“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 Freeborough Cellar Master, Nederburg Wines
Awards Won: IWSC 2016 South African Wine Producer Of The Year
“By far the most detailed process from the way the wines are judged to the way products are judged from a chemical analysis point of view.”Eddie Ludlow Owner, The Whisky Lounge
“The International Wine and Spirit Competition, the Oscars for the drinks industry”Adrian Lee Daily Express
“Unlike some medal-awarding competition, the IWSC involves blind-tasting, style-by-style by teams of experts, who are tested before they take part, plus a detailed chemical analysis of the wine”Luke Blackall The Independent
“The BWS team at M&S were delighted to win Retailer of the Year & Wine Buying team of the year at IWSC in 2015 - it is a great honour to be recognised by such well-regarded competition such as the IWSC and we are thrilled to have our dedication to quality and innovation rewarded.”Elizabeth Kelly Wine Specialist, Marks & Spencer Group plc
Awards Won: IWSC 2015 Retailer of the Year & Wine Buying team of the year
“It is a great satisfaction to receive this prestigious award from one of the most important wine competitions in the world. A unique feeling for our entire team. We are sure that this award will be of great support to promote our business on the international scene.”Elena & Claudio Farina Owners, Farina Wines
Awards Won: IWSC 2015 Italian Wine Producer Of The Year
“Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley has had a long and fruitful relationship with the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Mr. Mondavi himself was the 4th President in 1983 – and the Winery has been a whole-hearted supporter of the IWSC ever since. During these many years one thing has become clear: the evolution of this great competition (much like the evolution of Napa Valley wines!), has had profound and hugely positive impact on the world of wine. From the comprehensive and rigorous judging practices, to the development of an award which genuinely resonates with consumers around the world, to an awards banquet which the entire trade looks forward to each year – the IWSC is surely one of the industry’s great institutions.” Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley
“Having Seleccion del Enólogo awarded the Malbec Trophy by the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition is a great honour for Bodega Navarro Correas. The rigorous judging process of the competition guarantees quality to consumers. This recognition inspires us to continue our passionate work in the search of excellence.”Fernando Ravera Winemaker, Bodega Navarro Correas
Awards Won: IWSC 2015 Argentine Wine Producer Of The Year
“Entering our wines and spirits into the IWSC and winning awards is highly regarded in the eyes of consumers and wine writers. It offers exceptional value and maximum exposure to national and international media, supports our distributors and retailers and helps to increase our wine’s retail value. It is a great marketing and sales tool”Africa Romero International Marketing & Sales, Bodegas Williams & Humbert, S.A.U.
“It doesn’t get much better than receiving a trophy award from the IWSC. The best Sauvignon Blanc in the World is made right here by our passionate and committed team. The Trophy gives our consumers around the world total confidence in the Rapaura Springs brand and is a great way to supercharge the release of our 2015 vintage”Brendan Neylon Owner, Rapaura Springs
Awards Won: IWSC 2015 New Zealand Wine Producer Of The Year
“The IWSC has one of the most rigorous judging processes and some of the most professional tasters in the world on its judging panels so it meant a lot to our company that our industry peers held our product in such high regard.”Simon Ford Co-founder, The 86 Co.
“We believe the IWSC provides a unique level of international expertise and competition. Consumers understand the value of our spirits being judged by the IWSC to be some of the best in the world, and we consistently see growth in our brands because of the IWSC honors awarded to them.”Harlen Wheatley Master Distiller, Buffalo Trace
“With our Napue Rye Gin winning the IWSC Gin & Tonic competition and our Koskue Cask-Aged Rye Gin winning Gold in the same series, we have seen a large jump in both domestic and international sales for our products.”Miika Lipiäinen CEO, Kyrö Distillery
Awards Won: IWSC 2015 Gin & Tonic Trophy
“We have been entering the IWSC for well over a decade as it's one of the most prestigious competitions of its type. The rigorous judging process is second to none and it is a huge accolade for us to win medals as it validates our focus on producing quality wines for our customers.”Kimberley Davenport Marketing and PR Manager, Beers, Wines & Spirits, Sainsbury's Supermarkets

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