Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many samples do I need to send?

Four (4) bottles of each wine must be submitted for every entry to the International Wine Challenge. Wines will be tasted up to three times and on different days. An extra bottle is necessary to allow for an out of condition sample. If a wine is entered into the Discovery Tasting submit two (2) additional bottles.

2. Forgotten your password?


  1. Use the link 'Forgotten password?'. An email will be sent to the contact email address for your Company's account.
  2. Email the IWC your company name or Company ID and a member of the IWC team will come back to you as soon as possible.

3. When do I need to register my entries for the IWC 2024?

There is one tasting for the 2024 competition The deadline for online entries is 15th March 2024. If you have not entered before, you can create an account here. The Full timeline is available here

4. Can I only enter the Discovery Tasting and not the International Wine Challenge?

The Discovery Tasting is only open to IWC competition entrants and only wines that don’t yet have an importer to the UK are eligible to participate.

5. What format should my VAT registration number appear in?

To see a list of international VAT registration number formats click here.

6. Cancellation Policy

Withdrawal of entries

To cancel an entry you must email the IWC here with the name of the wine to be deleted and the name of the company deleting the entry. Entry fees can only be refunded in full if the cancellation is made before the first date of IWC judging 2023 (15th April 2024)


7. The IWC Points system

The points system, based on a 100-point scale, has been used as a base at the International Wine Challenge for the past 25 years, to determine whether a medal will fall into the Gold medal (95-100), Silver medal (90- 94), Bronze medal (85-89) or Commended Award (80-84) points category.

8. Rules of Entry

The complete Rules of Entry are available here

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