IWSC 2023 Wine Trophy Winners announced

Wine news

Wed 4 Oct 2023


  • 24 trophies awarded to still, sparkling and sweet/fortified wines from 10 countries.
  • Margaret River reaffirms its standout performance in the 2023 awards, securing four wine trophies.
  • For the first time in IWSC history a wine trophy is awarded to a Turkish wine.

Following the IWSC’s medal announcements earlier this year, our team of judges gathered to retaste the 2023 gold-winning wines, selecting the best of the best, for this year’s trophy winners.

With more than 7,000 wines tasted over the course of the 2023 awards, our judging experts have awarded 24 wines as this year’s trophy winners. The 2023 trophy-winning wines include 5 sparkling wines, 14 still wines and 5 sweet/fortified wines.

Champagne leads in the sparkling wine category, with a total of 3 trophies awarded to the following entries: De Saint-Gall Orpale Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut 2008, Rare Champagne Rosé Brut 2012 and Piper-Heidsieck Brut 2014 (Magnum).

Another “sparkling” trophy went to Prosecco - Carpenè Malvolti 1868 Rive Di San Pietro Di Barbozza Brut 2021, and a trophy was awarded to an English sparkling - RAIMES English Sparkling Classic Brut 2018.

Fortified wines received 4 trophies evenly split between Madeira and Sherry. Two trophy-winning Madeira wines - Tinta Negra 1995 and Malvazia 2009 both came from the same Portuguese winery - D’Oliveiras – a truly outstanding performance by this producer. Trophy-winning sherries include Bodegas Fundador Palo Cortado Medium Blend VORS NV and González Byass Noé VORS Pedro Ximénez NV. Another sweet wine trophywent to a Canadian sweet wine - Inniskillin Icewine Riesling 2021.

As for still dry wines, 5 trophies were awarded to white wines, 8 to red wines and 1 trophy to an orange wine.

Margaret River stood out as the most decorated wine region, having earned 4 wine trophies for its red wines: Clairault Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Passel Estate Lot 71 Reserve Syrah 2018, Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot 2020 and A. G. Oatley Wines Robert Oatley The Pennant Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.

Another trophy was awarded to a Southern Australian wine - Leo Buring Leonay Mature Release Riesling 2017 from Eden Valley.

Following last year’s success, South Africa once again showed brilliant results with 3 trophies awarded to wines from this country: Mont Rochelle Miko Chardonnay 2018, Capensis Wines Capensis Silene 2021 and Distell Limited Durbanville Hills The Tangram White Blend 2020.

This year, Argentina and Georgia both joined the group of standout countries at our trophy judging. Two trophies were awarded to Argentinian reds - Bodegas Bianchi Gran Famiglia Corte 2020 and Antigal Winery & Estates Aduentus Cabernet Franc 2019. Georgian wines also received 2 trophies cementing the country’s place on the international wine stage. One of the trophies went to a Georgian red - Corporation Georgian Wine Akido Mukuzani 2021 and another one to an orange wine - Chelti Winery Qvevri Kisi 2020.

Further broadening the map of our wine trophies, one trophy went to Austria – to Weingut Johann Schneeberger Kittenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2021.

Last but by no means least, for the first time in IWSC history, we are delighted to see a Turkish wine amongst this year's trophy winners - Akberg Wines Akberg Lethe Ercis Karasi 2021.

Congratulations to all our Wine Trophy winners on their brilliant performance!

IWSC 2023 Wine Trophy Winners