Over 50 years working with the wine industry, the IWSC has refined its judging processes to reflect the changing industry landscape. Today, the competition not only recognises excellence in wines, but also individuals, with awards such as Wine Communicator of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry.
How do the awards work?
We collect nominations from people all over the wine and spirits industries. After collecting all the nominations, nominees are 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 then 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 in being on the panel for an award? Get in touch by emailing Louise at email@example.com.
Julian Brind Memorial Trophy For Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry
The Julian Brind Award, sponsored by Waitrose, is designed to find the next big star in the wine industry.
Deadline: 18 March
Spirit Communicator of the Year
The Spirit Communicator of the Year Trophy was created in 2016 due to such strong entries from both categories.
This award is sponsored by Chivas Brothers, and is here 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.
Deadline: 18 March
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.
Deadline: 28 June
Wine Communicator of the Year
The Wine Communicator of the Year - sponsored by Vinitaly, recognises 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.
Deadline: NOMINATIONS CLOSED
- “It's one of the most prestigious awards that we've ever won and we're the first English winery to have ever won this award so we're shocked, stunned but absolutely delighted.”Tamara RobertsCEO, Ridgeview Wine Estate
- “The IWSC is something that I've worked around and respected for a long time, so it's a real privilege to see the IWSC recognising what we do.”Tom SandhamCo-founder, Thinking Drinkers
- “Vivino is one of the biggest innovators in the current wine industry, and the IWSC is a prestigious wine awards, so it felt like a natural fit that we should award wineries that go above and beyond.”Paul JonesUK Country Manager, Vivino