International Wine Challenge

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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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International Wine Challenge

Hollywood actor turned wine producer Sam Neill receives two gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014

Wine producer Sam Neill receives top accolade at prestigious wine competition

Hollywood actor and wine producer Sam Neill has been awarded the top prize at this year’s International Wine Challenge. The Jurassic Park star received two Gold medals for wines grown at his Two Paddocks vineyard in Central Otago, in New Zealand’s South Island.

  • Two Paddocks’ First Paddock Pinot Noir 2010, and the 2010 Last Chance Pinot Noir, which both retail at around £45, wowed the IWC judges and were rewarded with Gold medals for the first time at the competition
  • Neill’s limited edition Gold medal winning wines are available at Reserve Wines, Lay & Wheeler, Hangingditch Wine Merchants, Hennings Wine Merchants, Noel Young Wines, Flagship Wines
  • Neill turned his hand to wine producing in 1993 when Two Paddocks launched. Since then, Neill has been perfecting his craft and is producing a range of world-class Pinot Noirs
  • 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:

 “Sam has truly demonstrated his star quality with Two Paddocks. These two exquisite Pinot Noirs hugely impressed the judges this year. New Zealand Pinots have been excellent this year, but these two examples really stood out. All our wines are tasted blind, so this win is based entirely on the quality of the wine.”

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 winner:

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Aussie Gold Rush: ‘Phenomenal’ Australian wines secure top medal wins at International Wine Challenge Tranche One

Under embargo till 11am 30/11/2017 Australia among the top three countries at Tranche One of IWC 2018, collecting 15 Gold, 78 Silver and 91 Bronze medals Australian wines captivated at Tranche One of the International Wine Challenge 2018 with 184 medals awarded to entries from down under. This stellar performance by the country’s winemakers saw […]

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Kiwi Quality: New Zealand scoops mighty haul of 200 medals at Tranche One of the 35th International Wine Challenge

Under embargo till 11am 30/11/2017 New Zealand’s winemakers raise a glass to another fruitful year at prestigious wine competition, after receiving 15 Gold, 94 Silver and 94 Bronze medals New Zealand’s winemakers put in a stellar performance at Tranche One of the International Wine Challenge 2018, cementing the country’s position as a powerhouse of wine […]

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