IWSC to announce first 2018 results at London Wine Fair
Hundreds of northern hemisphere wine producers will be awarded with some of the highest accolades of the wine industry at London Wine Fair next week, as the IWSC announces its first series of results from the 2018 competition.
Results for wines entered from Europe (excluding Italy and France), Russia, the United States, Canada, Asia (excluding China), and Africa (excluding South Africa) will be released online at 10am on Monday 21 May, the first day of the fair.
These results will be the first announced by the IWSC this year, with producers receiving gold outstanding, gold, silver outstanding, silver, and bronze medals for their entries. Result announcements for Italy and France, as well as northern hemisphere trophies, will follow a month later on 18 June, with southern hemisphere countries in September and October.
Entrants will be able to check their results online at the IWSC stand E40 at the London Wine Fair (E40), where a dedicated laptop will be available.
As well as releasing results, the IWSC will also be presenting a host of activities on its stand. Highlights include:
- “Wines for not your ordinary Joe?” with Joe Fattorini and Joe Wadsack
- The Natural Wine Debate with Neil McGuigan and Doug Wregg
- Ice Ice Maybe: The Canadian Wine Experience with Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW
- Home Grown Fizz: 2018 award-winning English bubbles with Susy Atkins
- The Global Gin Experience with David T Smith
- Press conference: IWSC general manager Adam Lechmere announces plans for Club Oenologique, the IWSC’s high-end consumer wine and spirit club
- “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