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Entry deadlines

Northern Hemisphere wines: 17 March

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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'. "

Brad Japhe  /  Forbes  /  Read more

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Wines

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Spirits

Additional Awards

Additional Awards

Club Oenologique

Club Oenologique

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.

The history of absinthe and five examples to try

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The history of absinthe and five examples to try

Since the 1990s, bartenders have started to tap into absinthe's daring image and show off the drink’s punchy notes of anise, pepper and herbs in new cocktail recipes. Here are five top examples to try

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Brunello di Montalcino trophy winner: Tenute Piccini 2015

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Brunello di Montalcino trophy winner: Tenute Piccini 2015

Tenute Piccini has been making wine in Tuscany since 1882, and is the recipient of an IWSC Trophy this year for its Brunello di Montalcino 2015

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Barolo trophy winner: Gemma Colarej Barolo 2016

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Barolo trophy winner: Gemma Colarej Barolo 2016

We caught up with the president of Gemma Cantine, Luigi Piacentini, to discover the secrets of Barolo and what makes this award-winning producer’s wines so sought-after by wine lovers

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Madeira trophy winner: D'Oliveiras Boal 1980

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Madeira trophy winner: D'Oliveiras Boal 1980

D'Oliveiras is one of the most historic and respected Madeira producers, and the winner of an IWSC 2020 trophy. We caught up with owner Luis D’Oliveiras to find out more about this incredibly long-lived fortified wine

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Discover the top 10 wines from Japan

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Discover the top 10 wines from Japan

Japan’s natural humidity makes grape-growing a struggle, which explains why the Koshu grape – a humidity-tolerant white grape – flourishes here. Learn more about Japan's best wines

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Sherry trophy winner 2020: Bodegas Williams & Humbert

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Sherry trophy winner 2020: Bodegas Williams & Humbert

We speak to Bodegas Williams & Humbert oenologist Paola Medina Sheldon to get the inside track on their magical trophy-winning sherry, and their approach to winemaking

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Shochu: what is it and which bottles should you try?

Spirit news

Shochu: what is it and which bottles should you try?

Asian spirits have a knack of being beautifully crafted liquids with a beguiling texture – and Shochu is no exception. Explore our pick of the best Shochus from the IWSC’s latest spirits tasting

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Top 20 single malt whiskies from around the world

Spirit news

Top 20 single malt whiskies from around the world

The past decade or so has been kind to the whisky drinker. Up until then, their choice of dram was generally limited to Scotland, Ireland and the USA – and little else. But now the options are vast – whisky is made all around the world, and the results are giving the traditional producers something to think about.

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