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2023 SPIRITS AWARDS

DEADLINE 7 FEBRUARY

" 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

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An IWSC accolade is one of the key pieces of getting your name out there, to actually tell people not only that you exist but also that you have quality, that you are a great product.

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Billy Abbott  /  The Whisky Exchange  /  2022 Spirits Communicator of the Year, shortlist

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Some of the most discerning and demanding palates in the spirits industry can be found at the IWSC’s judging sessions, so achieving any kind of medal is no mean feat!

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Guy Hodcroft  /  Bordeaux Index  /  Judge

"One of the biggest successes we can point to off the back of our IWSC awards, are the largescale customers we have won as a direct result of the award."

John Hall  /  Trevethan Distillery  /  2021 UK Gin Producer Trophy

"In a competition where the bar is high – the IWSC wine judging process is fair but demanding so achieving a medal is meaningful."

Rebecca Palmer  /  Corney & Barrow  /  Judge

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The IWSC is more than a competition. It is a global wine and spirits community, focused on people and expertise.

Our mission is to champion the best wine and spirits from around the world by taking a personal approach to our partners’ needs. We offer comprehensive business support via our network of world-class experts and aim to bring this global community together to share insights and help each other grow.

We don’t just champion award winners. We seek out undiscovered talent and help partners – large and small – reach ambitious targets and achieve their goals.

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The IWSC will be bringing it international awards to Argentina

IWSC news

The IWSC will be bringing it international awards to Argentina

Following the success of the IWSC’s recent judging visits to South Africa and Georgia, in July, the IWSC is bringing its awards to Argentina.

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IWSC Market Insight: sustainable  spirits packaging

IWSC news

IWSC Market Insight: sustainable spirits packaging

Spirits packaging has long been about more than mere function. Bombay Sapphire’s revolutionary blue bottle, launched in the 1980s, not only made the brand instantly recognisable across back bars and supermarket shelves - and cemented its premium position - but also helped reinvigorate the entire gin category.

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Interview with Hemil Haria - IWSC 2022 Emerging Talent in Spirits Winner

IWSC news

Interview with Hemil Haria - IWSC 2022 Emerging Talent in Spirits Winner

As the deadline for our Emerging Talent Awards approaches (27th January), we caught up with Hemil Haria – winner of the IWSC 2022 Emerging Talent in Spirits Trophy, sponsored by Whyte & Mackay.In this interview, we discuss Hemil’s visit to Scotland for an immersive tour of Whyte & Mackay distilleries as well as his future ambitions and advice for aspiring Emerging Talent winners.

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IWSC Market Insight: future-proofing the wine category for Gen Z and Millennial drinkers

IWSC news

IWSC Market Insight: future-proofing the wine category for Gen Z and Millennial drinkers

New research commissioned by Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris into inter-generational wine consumption highlights a stark shift in consumer behaviour. Cat Lomax shares some insight into the trends we should expect to see in the coming years...

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Zero Compromise

IWSC news

Zero Compromise

For over 30 years BevZero has blazed a trail in the ‘nolo’ sphere. We caught up with its business development director, Irem Eren, to find out how the market-leading company is fine-tuning its offering to cater to an ever-growing global audience  Driven by the health and wellness movement, the ‘no and low’ alcohol category is big business now, and is poised for significant growth in

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Four Pillars was the winner of the IWSC’s inaugural Green Spirits Trophy, discover what gave them the edge for this new award…

IWSC news

Four Pillars was the winner of the IWSC’s inaugural Green Spirits Trophy, discover what gave them the edge for this new award…

As the IWSC opens its sustainability trophies for 2023 entries, we hear from our 2022 winner, Australia’s Four Pillars Distillery.

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94% of Bartenders are stocking no/low

Alternative drinks

94% of Bartenders are stocking no/low

CROSSIP has released its own industry report which celebrates the news that 88% of on-trade venues are now offering no and low alcohol alternative drinks for consumers.

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Millie Milliken - Spirits Judges' Top Picks

Spirit news

Millie Milliken - Spirits Judges' Top Picks

Discover the top spirits our judges rated the highest at our 2022 judging...here we discover what drinks writer and IWSC judge, Millie Milliken, rated her top picks.

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13 - 15 February

Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2023

Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles

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19 - 21 March

Prowein 2023

Düsseldorf

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10 February

Business Awards

06 March

2023 Wine Awards (excluding Austria, Argentina & South Africa)