International Wine Challenge

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About International Wine Challenge

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 31st year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards

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The International Wine Challenge Digital Newsroom is a simple and useful resource for you to keep track of all the latest news stories. High resolution images and complete press releases are available to download from here, and you can connect with our various social media profiles easily. Suggestions for improvements are welcome.

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Ali Maynard and Helen Kenny
Manifest London
t. +44 (0)203 1379 270

International Wine Challenge


Chilean winemakers demonstrate star quality at prestigious wine awards.

Chilean winemakers demonstrated their star quality at the 30th annual International Wine Challenge picking up a total of 17 Gold medals, 104 Silver and 192 Bronze medals.

The judges were wowed by the quality of the Chilean red wines with Gold medals being awarded to various styles including  Malbec and Syrah.  However the real talking point was the 4 Gold standard Pinot Noirs.

  • Winemakers Viña Cono Sur S.A produced two Gold medal winning Pinot Noirs. Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition and Ocio Pinot Noir
  • Eq Pinot Noir from Matetic Vineyards and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Cahuil for Leyda completed the golden foursome, all coming from the 2011 vintage
  • Concha y Toro SA picked up a solo white wine Gold medal with their 2012 Terrunyo Riesling
  • The 30th International Wine Challenge awarded 514 Gold medals this year, making it a record for quality with wines
  • Entries were received from all over the world including Peru, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lebanon and Thailand
The full press release and high resolution images can be downloaded below. To see the full results, please go to


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, says:

“This year’s Gold medal winning Pinot Noirs from Chile were a real highlight of the competition.  They are world class and show a coming of age for this variety in Chile. These wines have been tasted against thousands of contenders so it is a tremendous achievement that will catapult their product to an international audience.”

About International Wine Challenge

  • In its 30th year, the International Wine Challenge is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged competition. The IWC assesses every wine ‘blind’ and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.  Each medal winning wine is tasted on at least three separate occasions by a minimum of 10 different judges.  Awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards.  The IWC is committed to helping consumers discover great wine, and the medals are displayed on winning bottles offer a trusted guarantee of  quality.
    Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners

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2017 Champions of the wine world revealed by International Wine Challenge

The 34th International Wine Challenge (IWC) announced its 2017 Champion wines last night at its annual awards dinner. Following an extensive blind-tasting process by the world’s finest wine judges, the IWC revealed the five wines that had beaten thousands of entries to claim this year’s top prizes. This year’s best bubbly and winner of the […]

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Surrey vineyard named England’s best vineyard experience by International Wine Challenge and VisitEngland

High Clandon Estate Vineyard achieves near-perfect customer experience score to be named IWC Cellar Door of the Year winner The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has today named Surrey’s High Clandon Estate Vineyard its 2017 Cellar Door of the Year winner, the culmination of a new partnership with VisitEngland to uncover England’s best vineyard experience.  Run […]

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