IWSC at Vinitaly 2018
The IWSC celebrated its most successful year yet at Vinitaly 2018, which was held at Veronafiere, Verona from 15-18 April.
The competition presented 30 award-winning products on its stand and offered bottle collection to 2018 entrants, while also celebrating the IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year 2018 at the Vinitaly Gala Dinner on 14 April. Tom Cannavan, founder of wine-pages.com and Festival of Wine, went on to present a tasting of Chardonnay wines to an audience of trade guests the following day.
Throughout the fair, the IWSC stand was inundated with trade and consumer guests tasting the wide range of products showcased, which included a selection of English and Scottish gins and whiskies, as well as a range of international still and sparkling wines.
Visitors showed particular interest in Cotswold Dry Gin from The Cotswold Distilling Company (Gold Outstanding 2017), and One Gin from Global Ethics Liquor Co (Gold 2017), and many were surprised to discover the range of high quality English wines on show, such as Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2012 (Gold 2017).
IWSC General Manager Adam Lechmere said “the Italians don’t get much exposure to English wines as there isn’t very much of it in Italy, so it’s great to see the amount of sommeliers we have coming along, and the amount of interest people are showing in products like this.”
The IWSC also enjoyed overwhelming success from its bottle collection initiative, where producers were able to drop off their products at the IWSC stand in order to save money on shipping to London. The competition received a record number of wines and spirits from Italian producers entering the IWSC 2018.
Vinitaly welcomed some 4,380 exhibitors from 36 countries, and 128,000 visitors from 143 countries over the four days.
Santiago Marone Cinzano of Col d’Orcia, an IWSC Gold Outstanding 2017 medal winner, said “Vinitaly is a very important fair for Italian producers. It’s an opportunity to meet new agents, to find new import channels in new countries, and for the international public to come and taste the new products that we’ve released this year.”
- “As a start-up brand you focus hard on achieving credibility and creating awareness. Winning Gold Outstanding and the Mezcal Trophy provided us with a level of credibility and exposure that we simply could not have achieved on our own. The awards helped secure key listings in Harvery Nichols and Selfridges and certainly played a significant part in opening up dialogue with potential U.S importers and ultimately securing one. I thought hard about which competition to enter and what the return on that investment would be. I can say with absolute confidence that the IWSC was worth every penny.”David ShepherdFounder & Director, Corte Vetusto
- “IWSC is a very important competition to us in terms of showing consumers our quality. It's one of the competitions that we definitely enter on a yearly basis.”Ian ChangMaster Blender, Kavalan Distillery
- “Out of all of the awards, the IWSC is probably the most prestigious and most honest awards. You choose your judges very well and they're very good, honest, decent people. They do it for the love of the industry.”Sukhinder SinghMD, The Whisky Exchange
- “The IWSC is a very prestigious competition. The prestige is a great thing to be able to communicate to our customers who have great respect for it.”David PorterOperations & Buying, Lea & Sandeman
- “The IWSC represents everything, without a doubt. There's no better competition in the world where you can judge yourself not just against your countrymen but against the rest of the world.”Andy AndersonWinemaker, Takapoto Estate
- “Fantastic company and fantastic award . . . In the wine industry, having an award like this is such an accolade.”Claire GriffithsCommercial Director, Vina Cono Sur
- “It's one of the greatest international awards you can get. It's similar to an Oscar, if you like.”Lenz MoserWinemaker, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Company
- “Because of the number of international judges that are tasting the wines and the number of wines that are being entered, it’s a great privilege for us to receive this award. The history of the competition, the standing that it has amongst the international wine world and certainly amongst one’s peers, to be able to get an award at the IWSC means a lot. There are a lot of competitions around the world – this probably represents the top award you could get as a winemaker.”Gary & Kathy JordanWinemakers, Jordan Wine Estate
- “It’s a great honour to win especially as nowadays people are focusing on the quality not just the numbers, so it does mean a huge amount getting recognition from an institution as well sought after as the IWSC.”Chris BlandyOwner, Blandy's Wines
- “This will be a recognition that will help in building the brand further, and building its prestige around the world.”Victor FuentesDirector General, El Coto de Rioja S.A
- “The IWSC is a well renowned, well looked up to standard and a symbol of premium products so it’s a great achievement to win any award.”Andrea FreeboroughCellar Master, Nederburg Wines