Why the IWSC?


IWSC is the best awards in the drinks industry—but you don’t have to take our word for it...

Here are just a few testimonials from top-rated producers, industry experts and judges, that show how receiving an award from the International Wine & Spirit Competition can help businesses around the globe rise above their competitors. You can also visit our YouTube channel to watch a handful of interviews with some of our top-rated producers.

Langham Wine Estate
" The IWSC is a great platform to benchmark your wines against some of the best, and the coverage you can get off the back of it is incredible. "
The winemaking team Langham Wine Estate

Sparkling Wine Producer 2020

" There are a lot of spirits competitions out there these days. Pretty soon we might even need a competition for the best competitions! If ever such a day arrived, it’s a safe bet that the IWSC would take home a 'double gold'. "
Brad Japhe Writer, Forbes

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ABK6, France
" Awards give trust – not everybody is familiar with Cognac, so it’s important that they can trust awards, especially when they are famous like IWSC. "
Francis Abécassis Owner, ABK6, France

Brandy Producer 2019

Champagne Veuve Clicquot, France
" IWSC has been there for 50 years, so it’s the main recognition in the wine industry, and everyone knows it. Our award will help the business for sure. "
Gaelle Goossens Winemaker, Champagne Veuve Clicquot, France

Sparkling Wine Producer 2019

ATOM Brands, UK
" When we’re talking to new partners, having this award to say that our spirits are great quality makes a difference when at the negotiation table. "
Nick Ravenhall Managing Director, ATOM Brands, UK

UK Gin Producer 2019

Wine Folly, USA
" I like the breadth that IWSC offers. No longer are we just focusing on the major players, we’re looking at new regions where wine can be great. "
Madeline Puckette Co-founder, Wine Folly, USA

Wine Communicator 2019

Weingut Rabl, Austria
" This award will help my business a lot. I’m an export producer, so I sell more than one third in export markets, and IWSC is well-known around the world. "
Rudi Rabl Winemaker, Weingut Rabl, Austria

White Wine Producer 2019

Mountain Distilling Company, Australia
" IWSC helped us to realise that we were on the right track at such an early and influential time in our growth as a craft spirits producer. "
Michael Harris Director, Mountain Distilling Company, Australia

Gold 2019

Waitrose, UK
" IWSC is a standard and a benchmark for quality, which is independent and utilises the best in the industry to judge the best in the industry. "
Jamie Matthewson Buying Manager, Waitrose, UK

Wine Supermarket 2019

Spirit Cartel, UK
" IWSC is the pinnacle. We work hard to encourage brands to join our portfolio, so for them to see that we’ve won this award is very helpful. "
David Hood General Manager, Spirit Cartel, UK

Spirits Distributor 2019

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
" IWSC not only heavily influences our buying decisions, but makes decisions easier. If you’ve tried a good wine, of course you’re going to buy it. "
Stefan Neumann MS Head Sommelier, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal


Kyrö Distillery, Finland
" The response to our award from gin drinkers in Finland and further beyond was fantastic, and our sales over the years have grown over five-fold. "
Miika Lipiäinen CEO, Kyrö Distillery, Finland

Gold and silver medals 2019

Kanonkop, South Africa
" IWSC is the most relevant wine award in the world. This is the only one we enter, to measure ourselves against our peers in the industry. "
Abrie Beeslaar Winemaker, Kanonkop, South Africa

Outstanding Wine Producer 2019

Ridgeview Wine Estate, UK
" Wine awards are super important. You’re judged at a similar level to other wines and to come out on top means that people trust what you’re doing. "
Tamara Roberts CEO, Ridgeview Wine Estate, UK

IWSC President 2020