New wine categories

The most innovative awards in the industry

The IWSC is the most innovative awards in the industry, consistently pioneering new categories that are emerging onto the drinks scene

Reflecting increasing demand amongst consumers, we have seen a growing number of Champagne and sparkling wine entries as well as the number of rosé entries. New for 2022, we are putting together specialised panels to judge these categories.

South African Awards 2022

South Africa has long played a vital role within the IWSC, with entries often dominating our New World awards. In celebration of South Africa and our new President, the IWSC is excited to announce its plans to take its rigorous wine judging competition to South Africa. We will be taking five industry experts and established judges to join forces with local wine judges.

  • South African still red and white wines must be entered before 26 May.
  • Bottles* must ONLY be sent on weekdays between 23 May and 2 June.
  • Judging will take place in Paarl between 7 and 9 June.
  • The results will be announced on 15 June.

View our South African entry pack for further details including where to send samples.

*We will require 2 x bottles per entry. If your wine is awarded a gold medal we will request an additional 2 x bottles to be sent to the UK for our trophy tasting.

South African entry pack

Rosé Awards 2022

For the first time in IWSC history we have created a new category dedicated solely to rosé still wines.

With rosé entries into the IWSC growing year-on-year, we will be assembling panels of expert judges to assess worldwide styles of rosé.

Our judges will be overseen by Wine Judging Committee member, and rosé expert, Dirceu Vianna Junior MW. Junior has over two decades of experience in judging, buying and involvement in the production of rosé wines. With projects in multiple markets, he has a global overview of this category in terms of production, style diversity, distribution channels and consumer preference.

Rosé entry pack

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Awards 2022

Year-on-year, the number of Champagne and sparkling wines entered into the IWSC increases, reflecting the growing demand amongst consumers.

This is why – new to 2022 – we have created a category dedicated solely to Champagne & sparkling wines*. We are putting together a specialised panel of sparkling wine experts, headed up  by international Champagne and sparkling wine specialist, Essi Avellan MW.

*excluding Prosecco

Sparkling wine entry pack

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG Awards 2022

We will be judging all Prosecco from Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG appellation in Italy this year. 

Entry deadline: 25 April
Bottle delivery deadline: All bottles must be sent between 2 and 13 May (weekdays only)

Delivery address:
Consorzio Tutela del Vino Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco
Piazza Libertà, 7 - Solighetto
31053 Pieve di Soligo (TV)

We will require 2 x bottles per entry sent directly to Consorzio Tutela Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore using the above address. If your Prosecco is awarded a gold medal we will request an additional 2 x bottles to be sent to the UK for our trophy tasting.

For further information please contact