Why enter your wines into the International Wine Challenge?
Wine producers from around the world enter their wines to be judged by the International Wine Challenge because they trust the IWC to help their wines stand out on a global platform. At the IWC Awards, we interviewed some of the top ranking producers, importers and retailers in the competition to find out how important receiving an IWC Trophy can be for their business.
Owner of Coal Pit
“We are thrilled with the IWC trophies awarded for our ‘Tiwha’ Pinot Noir 2018, and these build on past Coal Pit successes with our 2011 & 2014 Pinot Noir’s which also won gold at the IWC. The Sustainable Trophy is huge for us – we are a very small vineyard and care deeply for our land. I look forward to future generations enjoying the property in many years to come.”
Europe Sales Director for La Riojana co-operative
“We are delighted to have won the prestigious IWC Fairtrade Award, especially as this makes it the second year in a row for La Riojana, something which helps reaffirm the level of quality our Fairtrade wines are delivering on a consistent basis.”
Trading Manager, BWS
“We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded two Great Value IWC trophies this year, which is testament to the tremendous work of the entire BWS team at M&S. 2020 has proved a challenging year for us all, I am incredibly proud of our team’s achievements.”
IWC Great Value Champion Sparkling 2020 and IWC Great Value Champion Red 2020 – Marks and Spencer
Co-founder Balfour Wines at Hush Heath Estate
"This IWC Award is testament to our team’s winemaking skills in producing exceptional quality small one off parcels of exciting innovative wines, combined with brilliant art on the labels makes me very proud of everyone involved in growing and producing our Balfour Wines here at the Hush Heath Estate."
Balfour Hush Heath, The Red Miller 2018
IWC English Red Trophy 2020, Best Wine in first Year of Production – James Rogers Trophy.
Team Royal Tokaji
IWC Champion Sweet Winemaker 2020
"It is a great honour for our small team to receive the Alois Kracher Trophy for the second time in 8 years. We have huge respect for the rigorous judging of the IWC and we are proud that our wines from the tiny village of Mád have gained such international recognition."
Winemaker, Sergio Martínez
IWC Fortified Winemaker of the Year 2020
“I am proud to receive the Fortified Winemaker of the Year Trophy. My team and myself received from our dear Manuel Lozano a legacy of fantastic Sherry soleras that we had to take care of. This trophy demonstrates that we have been able to continue his legacy. Lustau continues in the forefront.”
Indevin, New Zealand
IWC 2019 Great Value Champion White
"The IWC competition can help catapult your wines onto the international stage, it increases awareness of your product to a global audience and helps drive sales as ...
...awards deliver added confidence to consumers, as winning a gold medal or trophy within your specific category places the wine on a pedestal which shouts “try me, I’m best in class”, so logically this drives trial. In addition to the outward benefit, for all employees within your own business it delivers a huge amount of pride and reward for the hard work that goes into making the wine, this filters down to all aspects of the business, from vineyard worker to winemakers, it’s a win-win!"
Winemaker, Sogrape Vinhos, Portugal
Portuguese Red Trophy, IWC Great Value Champion Red 2019
"We are really proud to win this award…but we worked for it! We tried to produce a wine that was easy to drink every day, but with great quality – that’s what we work towards every day, so to win the award makes us try to do better and better."
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Product Development Manager, Tesco
IWC Own Label Awards 2019
"We are thrilled to win this IWC award again, it’s the first time in 3 or 4 years, it’s what we gauge ourselves on, so we are really, really pleased."
See all IWC 2019 Tesco Finest winning wines
Winemaker, Weingut Birgit Eichinger, Austria
IWC Champion White Wine 2019
'It’s a really big honour to hold this prize, not only for our winery but also for the whole of Austria ...
.... to show the whole wine world how amazing and how much potential Austrian wines have – I’m really overwhelmed!'
Benedetta Contini Bonacossi and Beatrice Bonacossi
Winemakers, Tenuta Di Capezzana, Italy
IWC Champion Sweet Wine 2019
'We are very proud to win this award; the wine is made in a very traditional way… We joke that it is the winemaker’s fourth child as she uses so much care looking after the grapes. We are so proud to receive this award.'
Find out more about Vinsanto Riserva, 2011
Winemaker, Rare, France
IWC Champion Sparkling Wine 2019
"I have been chef de cave for a long time at Charles Heidsieck, and Piper Heidsieck and today for the first time I have won with Rare champagne. The IWC award is a testament to the House, the team and the owner. I’m very proud of this IWC trophy."
Find out more about Rare Champagne Millésime, 2006
Winemaker, Maison Albert Bichot
“The IWC is a contest that we appreciate very much. Each year, we present a selection of our wines from Burgundy and have the pleasure of seeing them rewarded with numerous medals.
After winning 3 times the trophy of the best winemaker (twice for the red and once for the white) and also the trophies of the champion red and the champion white, we had the pleasure to receive last year the Len Evans Trophy which is a recognition of excellence and consistency in our wines.
At the beginning of the 2000s we decided to convert progressively our vineyards to organic viticulture. Then we decided to go further in this approach, and we obtained the organic Ecocert certification for our wines starting with 2018 vintage.
So for us, it seemed interesting to present a selection of our organic wines for the 2020 competition in order to confirm whether organic wines could
be considered with the same interest as non-organic wines.
We are very proud to see that all our organic wines have been awarded medals and that one of them even obtained the IWC Organic Trophy. This encourages us pursue our efforts to produce the best wines possible.”
IWC Organic Trophy 2020 – Maison Albert Bichot Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots Domaine du Pavillon 2018