80% of the IWC 2023 entrants are very satisfied with the overall organisation of the IWC.*
IWC Processing: Three Essential Stages
1. Sample ArrivalUpon arrival at our depot, each wine undergoes meticulous scrutiny. It is checked, assigned a unique code, repackaged to maintain anonymity, and then dispatched to the designated tasting venue, fully prepared for the judging process.
2. Sorting and PhotographingIn our temperature-controlled storage facility, wines are carefully organised by style and country, making them readily accessible for evaluation. This stage also involves photographing the wines, a valuable visual reference for our website.
3. Picking and FlightingWines are selected from the shelves and grouped into 'tasting flights.' Each flight consists of wines sharing similar styles and originating from the same country and region. These flights are placed into blind tasting bags, with unique identifiers to conceal their true identity. This meticulous process ensures that all wines are on an equal footing before they reach the judging panel.
IWC Judging: Three Rigorous Stages
1. Round OneDuring Round One, wines are subject to initial assessment. They are either marked as 'out,' awarded a Commended designation, or advanced to the next round as potential medal winners. All wines marked as 'out' or 'Commended' are re-tasted by the IWC Co-Chairs to confirm the mark. Wines deemed eligible may be re-entered into Round Two for further evaluation.
2. Round TwoRound Two involves a more detailed assessment, where wines are marked as 'out,' awarded a Commended designation, or distinguished with Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals. Points are also assigned to the wines at this stage. The IWC Co-Chairs re-taste all wines to ensure the accuracy and consistency of the results.
3. Trophy TastingExceptional wines that receive Gold medals progress to the Trophy judging stage. Here, Regional and National Trophies are conferred. All Trophy-winning wines undergo a final evaluation by the IWC Co-Chairs, who award the prestigious Champion Wine Trophies.
Once the judging process concludes, we prioritise sustainability. All bottles, residual wine, packaging materials, and corks are diligently recycled, reflecting our commitment to environmental responsibility.
*IWC Survey - May 2023