The Oscars of the wine world announces Trophy winners

Described as ‘The Oscars of the wine world’, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) has today announced the full list of Trophy winners in the most meticulously judged wine competition in the world. 

With just a fraction of the wines entered awarded this accolade, winning an IWC Trophy has an enormous impact on the reputation of the winning winemakers, with the acclaimed products and their producers being highlighted to an international audience.

As ever, France has once again fought off international competition to come top of the IWC medals table, exhibiting world-class standard winemaking. Having already received 113 Gold medals, they cemented their status with 28 Trophy accolades.

Reflecting the fabulous diversity of Italian wines, Italy received 23 trophies. The classics were recognised by the judges who awarded Cantina Di Soave the Amarone della Valpolicella Trophy for their 2007 Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella, and Tenuta Duecorti received the prestigious Barolo Trophy for their 2008 Castelletto Barolo DOCG.

South Australia reaffirmed its status as the powerhouse of quality wine production in Australia, winning 10 of the 23 Trophies awarded to Australian wines at the 2013 IWC. Seven of the Trophy-winning wines were made from different varietals, demonstrating the rich varietal and stylistic diversity within South Australia’s borders.

New Zealand celebrated a record year for Trophies with eight in total – four of which were snapped up by New Zealand’s flagship red varietal Pinot Noir. Three different Pinot regions were awarded Trophies – Central Otago, Wairapa and Marlborough - showing that there is continued understanding and respect for the unique expressions of this noble grape in different terroirs.

Austria once again showed an outstanding performance, with Hans Tschida picking up four of the six Trophies awarded to the country for his extraordinary sweet wines including the 2008 Gelber Muskateller Schilfwein and 2007 Sämling Tba.

Chile proved there is widespread diversity in winemaking throughout the country; receiving 11 Trophies from 7 regions and 6 varieties. Concha y Toro SA were awarded the Chilean White Trophy for their 2012 Terrunyo Riesling, whilst their Terrunyo Carmenere scooped the Carmenere Trophy.

Canada saw Ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky score one of three Trophies, with his No 99 Vidal Ice Wine. Croatia walked away with a Trophy for Kozlovic Winery and their 2009 Santa Lucia, and this year also saw Kovács Nimród Borászati Kft. of Hungary collect a Trophy for their Furmint wine.

Germany had a strong haul, receiving 10 Trophies. Riesling was expected to do well with both dry and sweet styles, however not many expected a Trophy for Spätburgunder, the German synonym for Pinot Noir, reflecting the increasing sophistication of wines made from this variety in the country.

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, says: “This year was outstanding for Trophy wines, an award not to be taken lightly. These Trophy winners have been tasted against thousands of contenders so it is a tremendous achievement that will catapult their product to an international audience.

“We saw a real difference from last year’s entries, especially in varietals. Own-label accolades were extremely strong this year, too, and we were thoroughly pleased with the underdog’s in the wine world walking away with Trophies.”

The 30th International Wine Challenge awarded 137 wines with Trophies this year, making it a record for quality. Entries were received from all over the world including Peru, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lebanon and Thailand. Each Trophy wine is tasted on at least six separate occasions by a minimum of ten of the finest wine tasters in the world.

Metcalfe added: “The International Wine Challenge is unique and is widely regarded as the finest judged wine tasting in the world.

“I know of no other wine competition in the world where each medal winner will have been blind tasted a minimum of three separate occasions to ensure consistency and fairness. Our much-coveted medals are displayed on the bottles of winner which means consumers can instantly trust the quality of the product as it will have been tasted by the best wine judges in the world.”
To view the full list of award winners click here.  

Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 


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