International Wine Challenge

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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 35th 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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International Wine Challenge

Greener than green: Biodynamic wines have record year of success at International Wine Challenge

New trend for biodynamic wine making looks set to continue following record medal score at prestigious wine competition.

Biodynamic wines have picked up a record haul of medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014, as the trend for using this ultra-sustainable method becomes increasingly popular amongst wine growers around the world. A total of 11 Gold medals were awarded to biodynamic wines, as well as 11 Silver medals and 21 Bronze medals.

  • Holistic method of wine production has record year of success as more wine makers adopt biodynamic processes
  • 43 biodynamic wines receive medals at prestigious wine competition
  • A total of 11 Gold medals were awarded to biodynamic wines, as well as 11 Silver medals and 21 Bronze medals
  • Biodynamic wine production involves a holistic and sustainable approach to agriculture, as well as timing work in the vineyard with the seasonal rhythms of the earth
  • Adopters of the method use compost and herbal teas in a bid to create healthier vines
  • French vineyard Domaine de la Vougeraie cemented its reputation as a master of biodynamic wine growing, receiving Gold medals for ten of its biodynamic wines
  • Woollaston Estates Ltd from New Zealand’s South Island received the final biodynamic Gold for its 2012 Pinot Noir
  • Silver medals were awarded to biodynamic wines across a range of varietals from Australia, Austria, Chile, Italy and France, including a biodynamic Champagne (2004 Boléro from Jean Sébastien and Benoît Fleury)
  • Bronze medals were also awarded to biodynamic wines from Mexico, Turkey and Spain
  • This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines.


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“The trend for growing grapes biodynamically for wine is on the rise, and we have uncovered some truly stunning biodynamic wines from all over this globe at this year’s competition. The calibre of these medal-winning wines illustrates how creating more eco-friendly wines is completely compatible with high quality. It is truly admirable that these medal-winning winemakers are not only masters of their craft, but are also committed to using very environmentally friendly methods to ensure their vineyards thrive year on year.”

Charles continued:

“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”

“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.

Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:

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