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Now in its 47th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded ‘Club Oenologique’ in 1969. Massel had the idea of creating a wine and spirit competition which was based not just on organoleptic judgement but where all entries also had to undergo chemical analysis.

In 1978 the name was changed to the ‘International Wine & Spirit Competition’ and the disciplines of the Competition were refined into what we know the competition to be today. Technical controls were tightened to ensure the highest quality standards were achieved and maintained to a consistent standard year after year.

The original aim of the Competition was to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide and this aim remains the same today, encouraging recognition for quality products.

Entries into the Competition are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide and each sample is judged according to its class and treated with the same care and consideration in the Competition’s dedicated tasting premises.

The Competition is proud to set the international benchmark for quality remaining unique in the crowded world of drinks competitions with dedicated tasting premises, a permanent onsite cellar and over 400 global experts judging products for 7 months of the year.


  • IWSC Masterclasses at the 36th London Wine Fair

    With just a month to go to the 2016 London Wine Fair, the International Wine & Spirit Competition is excited to announce a series of masterclasses held over the course of the 3 day event.

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  • IWSC Announces Wine Communicator of the Year

    The International Wine and Spirit Competition Announces Wine Communicator of the Year 2016 – Joe Wadsack

    The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) reveals the winner for its ‘Wine Communicator of the Year 2016’ award, which is sponsored by Italian wine fair, Vinitaly. The annual trophy which recognises an individual for their exceptional contribution towards increasing consumer awareness of wine, is this year awarded to broadcaster and consultant, Joe Wadsack. Having won the award in 2005, Joe is the very first recipient to receive the accolade twice.

    The winner of the award is judged on criteria across their publishing, journalistic, broadcasting and social media...

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