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.

Contact Details

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

International Wine Challenge


Spanish wines live up to expectations and score high at prestigious wine awards.

Spanish wines shined at the 30th International Wine Challenge winning 61 Gold medals in a record year of success.  Spanish winemakers also collected 142 Silver medals and 308 Bronze medals and finished third in the medals table after France and Australia.

Spain demonstrated their undisputed skill of cultivating world-class Tempranillo, receiving 16 Gold Medals for the variety including Roda Reserva (2007) for Bodegas Beronia, Rioja Vega Reserva from 2008 and Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890, 1998.

  • Sherry also wowed the judges with twenty-eight receiving Gold
  • Harveys picked up a trio of Gold awards for their 30 year old sherries from 1983 (Harverys Rich Old Oloroso 30yo Vors, Harveys Fine Old Amontillado 30 yo Vors and Harverys Palo Cortado 30 yo Vors.)
  • Young sherry also scored well with a 2012 Manzanilla en rama for Bodegas Barbadillo winning Gold
  • 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:

“The Spanish Tempranillo Gold medal winners have been beautiful this year.  This classic Spanish variety is always recognised for its qualitive attributes by the judges and this  has been cemented yet again with this years entries. These Gold medal 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

Attached Files


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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