IWSC news

Thu 9 Oct 2014


The IWSC Announce Trophy Results

Award-winning film directorFrancis Ford Coppola wins prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Trophy for his wine.

It is not only the Hollywood A-lists in front of the screen such as Brangelina that are producing quality wine. Renowned American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola best known for films including The Godfather Trilogy and Apocalypse Now, has produced a star IWSC Trophy winning wine from California, Sonoma County.


The Mission Hill Winery Trophy for Chardonnay was awarded to producer Francis Ford Coppola Presents for its wine Director’s Cut Chardonnay 2012. Judges said that the wine had ‘subtle creamy aromas with touches of white peach and walnut with a lingering mineral back note.’

The IWSC now in its 45th year promotes the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. It has been quoted as the ‘Oscars’ of the drinks trade and all wines entered from around the world, endure a rigorous blind tasting and are judged by some of the world’s leading drinks experts. Medals featured on winning bottles assure consumers that they are purchasing a quality product


IWSC General Manager Ewan Lacey said, ‘This is a great win for the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and demonstrates that creativity is not limited to a sector, it can be transferred intro producing a top award-winning wine.’


Another highlight from the results was The IWSC Trophy for Port awarded to Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Port 1969. The winner was produced in the same year that the IWSC was started, judges said that ‘the intensity lasts from the first taste and cruises effortlessly to almost a never ending finish.


For the full list of IWSC Trophy winners, go to


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Holly Axelrad at Green Row,

·         The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. All entries are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary.

·         IWSC has appointed Laura Catena as the 2014 president. 

The 2014 Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday 12th November, at The Guild Hall, City of London.