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Why the IWSC

The IWSC is truly international in its reach and recognition with long standing entrants, sponsors and supporters in over 90 countries worldwide:

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For expert help entering the competition contact our WSET trained team.

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entry guide

Need more help entering the competition? Please take a look at our entry guide.

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Trusted seal of approval

  • With 49 years’ experience, the IWSC is widely recognised as the original, the most prestigious and the most respected wine & spirit competition in the world

  • Global consumers trust and actively seek the IWSC medal when making purchasing decisions

  • The Competition is unique in wine & spirit competitions using the two stage judging process to ensure the IWSC produces the industry’s most credible results

  • Our award winning operations team treat each product received into the dedicated cellars with the due care and attention needed when preparing flights for judges

Raise your profile

  • Competition winners receive a free marketing toolkit assisting in the PR & marketing of medal wins

  • Dedicated social media campaigns ensure winners are promoted year round with consumer friendly campaigns including #winewednesday and #thirstythursday

  • International agents & media partners work in global markets to drive awareness of the competition

  • The Competition hosts and attends multiple events per year with the aim of promoting competition winners

Increase your sales

  • Winners are published in a supplement produced by The Drinks Business distributed to over 10,000 international subscribers showcasing winning products to buyers worldwide

  • Medal winning wines & spirits available in the UK are highlighted on and price comparison website

  • Official IWSC medal stickers ensure differentiation on a crowded retail shelf

Worldwide PR

  • A dedicated PR agency is briefed to promote winners’ successes to the global media. Head to our press coverage page here to see some of the many publications featuring IWSC award winners.

Help Entering

If you need help with your entry, please email our award winning operations team at or call them at +44(0)1483 548 963

Upcoming Deadlines

23 February

Europe & Russia (except countries below) Final Deadline

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23 February

Asia (except China) & Africa (except South Africa) Final Deadline

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23 February

Portugal Group Shipping

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23 February

Portugal & Canada Group Shipping

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Upcoming Events

22 February
25 Feb

Essência do Vinho 2018

Porto, Portugal

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22 February

Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting - London

Lindley Hall Everton Street London SW1P 2QW

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07 March

IWSC Chinese Wine Tasting - Free Event Trade only

Institute of Masters of Wine - London, UK

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10 March
12 Mar

Oenorama 2018

Athens, Greece

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