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How do the awards work?

We will be collecting nominations from people all over the wine and spirits industries. After collecting all the nominations (deadline 5th of February), nominees will then be sent a form asking them for more information about themselves, and why they should win. Nominees do not have to provide information, but if they do not, they cannot be considered. A panel of experts in the field will discuss the candidates and decide on a winner.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know for one of our awards, please click on the 'Nominate' button corresponding to the award. Please note that you can nominate more than one person.

Interested on being part of the panel for an award?

Get in touch by emailing Louise at louise.bolton@iwscgroup.com

 

The IWSC is best known for awarding wines and spirits, but over the years we have added additional awards to recognise individual achievement as well.

2017 Awards

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Spirit Communicator of the Year

sponsored by Chivas Brothers

Spirit Communicator of the Year is designed to recognise an individual or organisation whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness in spirits, in the last 12 months. 

Potential communicators must work in one or more of the following:

  • Publishing (books, reviews, biographies and autobiographies)
  • Journalist (specialist press, special feature collections, newspaper, magazine and digest articles)
  • Radio, television and film (writing, presenting, producing and directing)
  • Online (social media, blogging, website)
  • Wine consumer education

Potential communicators will have probably spent many years of their professional life associated with spirits - although only their promotional work or special projects from the last year (2016) will be considered for the 2017 trophy.

The winner for this award will be announced at the Spirits Tasting on the 26th of July in London.

Past winner for 2016 is Alice Lascelles.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

 Wine Communicator of the Year

sponsored by VinItaly

The Wine Communicator of the Year award is designed to recognise an individual or organisation whose communication skills have made an exceptional contribution towards promoting and increasing public awareness in wines, in the last 12 months.

Potential communicators must work in one or more of the following:

  • Publishing (books, reviews, biographies and autobiographies)
  • Journalist (specialist press, special feature collections, newspaper, magazine and digest articles)
  • Radio, television and film (writing, presenting, producing and directing)
  • Online (social media, blogging, website)
  • Wine consumer education

Potential communicators will have probably spent many years of their professional life associated with wines - although only their promotional work or special projects from the last year (2016) will be considered for the 2017 trophy.

The winner for this award will be announced at the Vinitaly gala dinner on Saturday 8th April Verona, Italy and will be required to present a tasting on Monday 10th April.

The winners prize includes an expenses paid trip to Vinitaly and attendance at the International Wine & Spirit Competition Annual Awards Banquet in November.

Past winners include Joe Wadsack, Tyson Stelzer, Jane Parkinson, Dave Broom & Jancis Robinson MW.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

Julian Brind Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry

sponsored by Waitrose

The award, sponsored by Waitrose, is designed to find the next big star in the wine industry.

The late Julian Brind MW, was a leading light in the wine trade and an integral part of the Waitrose wine team for over forty years. The award was created by Waitrose, in association with the IWSC, where he was a longstanding judge, to honour his contribution and service to the trade that he loved. He was a trusted and committed mentor to many aspiring young wine professionals, as well as being a dedicated family man, full of energy both for his work and his leisure activities. 

This prestigious title will be awarded to the man or woman who demonstrate they have the courage of their convictions, dedication to the industry and a real passion for  wine. The recipient will have established an early track record in their field, be seen to be ‘going places’, and will already be taking part in the wider aspects of the wine trade, showing commitment and determination in everything they do.

The winner for this award will be announced at the London Wine Fair on the 22nd of May in London.

Past winners include Ross Carter & Justin Howard Sneyd MW, Dawn Davies, Xavier Rousset MS and Sam Harrop MW

 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

The Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry Trophy

The Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky Award is designed to recognise individuals who have made, and are making truly outstanding personal contributions to the Scotch whisky industry.

Nominees will be men and women, working at a senior to mid-senior level, who are influencing and protecting the development of the Scotch Whisky industry internationally and effectively promoting its image. 

Nominees will be members of the industry from any sector: marketing and promotion, production or the retail sector who have made a contribution enhancing the image of Scotch Whisky via: a brand campaign; innovative retail promotion within a retailer chain; an educational or legislative initiative or have been particularly pro-active in furthering the sales of Scotch Whisky within a particular market. 

They must be foremost achievers, innovators showing clear evidence of successful leadership in the industry. 

An Outstanding Achievement Award will be granted to those who have achieved excellence and innovation within their field. “Achievement” is to recognise in its broadest sense, covering all aspects of the business and commerce of the Scotch Whisky Industry.

The winner for this award will be announced at the Spirits Tasting on the 26th of July in London.

Past winners include Dr Bill Lumsden, Richard Paterson and Gavin Hewitt GMC, OBE.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

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