International wine &
spirit competition


How much does it cost to enter the competition?

£140 + VAT for online entry

£160 + VAT for offline entry

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Can I send fewer samples if I'm entering expensive spirits?

Yes. Send an email to to speak to a member of our team about this.

What are IWSC's banking details?

 Sort CodeAccount NumberSwift CodeIBAN Number
£ Sterling20-01-5843783006BARCGB22GB95 BARC 2001 5843 7830 06
€ Euros20-01-5858945255BARCGB22GB15 BARC 2001 5858 9452 55
$ Dollars20-01-5886763411BARCGB22GB09 BARC 2001 5886 7634 11

What are my shipping options?

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (group shipping) or independent courier. You can find more information on our shipping details page

We will be collecting bottles at a number of key trade events around the globe, throughout the year. Upcoming events include Wine Paris and Prowein. This costs £26 for wine, sake and vermouth and £65 for spirits. Please contact us for more information.

Shipping details

How do I find the correct category for my product?

We have a full list of entry categories available for you to download.

You will also be able to view all the categories during the entry process.

Entry Categories

Can I send my bottle with a temporary label?

Products may be submitted with a temporary label. It must contain all required legal information. We do not accept tank samples.

When is the deadline to enter the competition?

We have different entry and shipping deadlines for various regions which can be viewed on our website.

Find your deadline

Do you offer any discounts?

Early Bird offer: for Northern and  Southern Hemisphere: enter by 31 January  to save £20 per entry!

Trade fair offer: Save 50% on shipping by dropping your samples at the IWSC stand at Wine Paris or ProWein.

*Early Bird offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, including bottle collection at international trade fairs.

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Do you ever extend the deadlines?

Not usually, but if we do the details will be on in the deadlines area of our website.

Please get in touch if you have a specific request.

How many bottles do I need to enter?

You must send three bottles of each wine and sake entry, or two bottles for spirits and vermouth.

If you are entering expensive spirits, we are sometimes able to accept fewer offers. Contact us if you need more information.

What size bottles should I submit?

750 ml.

Can I print an address label?

Login to your account, select 'Manage Entries' and then you will be able to print a label.

How should I package my samples?

The IWSC aims to be as environmentally-friendly as we can, so please avoid polystyrene where possible.

Any other packaging is acceptable, so long as your samples can get to us in good condition.

How will my invoice be sent to me?

Your invoice will be sent to you via email. If you haven't received your invoice after two weeks, please contact

How will I be informed of my results?

You will receive an email notifying you if you have won any awards. You will also be able to access your results by logging in to your account on our website.

Some results will be embargoed prior to a public accoucement, but winners will find out the results in advance so that they can plan publicity beforehand.

What will I get from the IWSC if I win an award?

Winners all receive a free certificate and standard resolution medal artwork.

Winners are able to purchase high res logos, artwork and bottle stickers by logging in to their account.

Buy stickers & medal artwork

Where are my bottle stickers?

Please call our Operations Team on +44 (0)1483 548 963. 

How will an award benefit my brand?

IWSC Gold medal winning products are tasted by over 500 of the UK's leading importers, retailers and critics. We have dedicated social media campaigns running throughout the year to publicise winning products. We also work with trade bodies to promote competition winners at a number of events around the world, including ProWein, Wine Paris and Vinitaly. Find out more.

Winners will also receive marketing tool kit to help them promote their win via PR campaigns and social media.

Why Enter

When will I receive my certificate?

Winners will receive their printed certificates around two weeks after the competition results are announced. You can also download a copy from our website by logging in to your account.

Who will be judging my wines/spirits?

Our judging panels are made up of an optimum mix of experts from a diverse range of trade backgrounds. We have more than 400 judges from over 30 countries.

Meet our judges

How do I find previous winners?

You can search our database of winners from 2013 onwards. For archived results, please email

Search Winners

How do I find you?

Our Operations Team is located at: Building 17, Dunsfold Park, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB, UK.

Download location guide

Need help with something else?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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