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" Wine awards are super important. You’re judged at a similar level to other wines and to come out on top means that people trust what you’re doing. "

Tamara Roberts  /  Ridgeview Wine Estate, UK  /  IWSC President 2020

" The response to our award from gin drinkers in Finland and farther beyond was fantastic, and our sales over the years have grown over five-fold. "

Miika Lipiäinen  /  Kyrö Distillery, Finland  /  Gold and silver medals 2019

" I like the breadth that IWSC offers. No longer are we just focusing on the major players, we’re looking at new regions where wine can be great. "

Madeline Puckette  /  Wine Folly, USA  /  Wine Communicator 2019

" When we’re talking to new partners, having this award to say that our spirits are great quality makes a difference when at the negotiation table. "

Nick Ravenhall  /  ATOM Brands, UK  /  UK Gin Producer 2019

" There are a lot of spirits competitions out there these days. Pretty soon we might even need a competition for the best competitions! If ever such a day arrived, it’s a safe bet that the IWSC would take home a 'double gold'. "

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Who we are

Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, the IWSC remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded the original format back in 1969

When Massel created the International Wine & Spirit Competition, his aim – as it remains to this day – was to reward excellence in drinks worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and spirits. The IWSC is proud to set the international benchmark for quality, standing out in the crowded world of drinks awards with hundreds of global experts – including buyers, producers, distillers, sommeliers, distributors and influencers – judging wines and spirits throughout the year.

Rum Producer of the Year, 2020: BBS

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Rum Producer of the Year, 2020: BBS

The IWSC Rum Producer of the Year goes to BBS, a Martinique-based distiller that creates a very special type of rum: agricole, made from fresh sugar cane

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Top 10 Australian white wines featuring Aussie Chardonnay and Riesling

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Top 10 Australian white wines featuring Aussie Chardonnay and Riesling

If you want world-class Chardonnay, where do you look? France? California? Well, once you weigh up consistency, quality and value, you’d be hard pushed to find a better place than Australia.

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Australia's best red wines: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache

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Australia's best red wines: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache

Australia has earned its stellar red reputation on Shiraz, with Cabernet providing solid support. Barossa winemaker Peter Lehmann nailed it when he said: ‘When God invented Shiraz, he did it with Australia in mind.

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Nine top-rated Australian gins to try

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Nine top-rated Australian gins to try

Australian gin has come a long way in a very short time – here is the pick of the bunch from the IWSC’s latest spirits tasting.

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Top Austrian wines: from Grüner Veltiner to Riesling

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Top Austrian wines: from Grüner Veltiner to Riesling

Discover the best Austrian wines from the IWSC 2020 judging, including top-rated bottles of Grüner Veltiner, which covers a spectrum from bone-dry and mineral to ripe and lusciously sweet, plus Riesling, and Pinot Noir.

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Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year, 2020: Langham Wine Estate

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Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year, 2020: Langham Wine Estate

English fizz has made huge strides in the past 20 years, and one of the finest is Langham Wine Estate, winner of the IWSC Sparkling Wine Producer Trophy.

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Sweet Wine Producer of the Year, 2020: Peller Estates

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Sweet Wine Producer of the Year, 2020: Peller Estates

Making icewine is not easy, but when you get it right, the results are sublime. The winner of the IWSC Sweet Wine Producer of the Year is Peller Estates.

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Top Low & No Spirit

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Top Low & No Spirit

January, or rather ‘Dry January’ is here once again. It is a month that, along with ‘Stoptober’, punctuates the UK’s annual calendar as an opportunity to cut out alcohol consumption, something that’s often much needed after Christmas’ overindulgence.

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