The International Wine & Spirit Competition is heading back to Margaret River!

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) is bringing its international awards back to Margaret River.

Following the success of its inaugural Oceanic-based judging in Margaret River in 2023, the IWSC is delighted to announce it will be taking another new panel of international experts to Margaret River to judge local Western Australian wines in June 2024. The IWSC’s stringent judging process will take place, however producers will benefit from convenient, local delivery and the opportunity to bring their wines to the global stage.

This year, the Global judging will be open to all wines from all regions of Western Australia.

IWSC’s CEO, Christelle Guibert commented, “Following the huge success of last year’s Global Judging in Margaret River, we are delighted to once again be shining the spotlight on this award-winning boutique wine region. Our expert judges, that made up last year’s panel, were very impressed by the quality of Margaret River wines that they judged, the wines showed complexity and represented a variety of styles while maintaining a distinctive regional character. We look forward to showcasing even more wines as this year we open up the judging to all Western Australian wines.”

Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland said that having one of the world’s most highly regarded international wine competitions coming to Margaret River last year provided great exposure for the region’s wines, culture and geography.

“We believe that bringing retailers, sommeliers and media to the region is the best way to give them a comprehensive understanding and lasting impression of our wines.

“Everything is tasted blind, and the final results speak for themselves. There were 24 gold medals awarded during 2023’s Global judging, and 4 of the overall global wine trophies awarded in London were for Margaret River wines, the highest of any region in the world.

Cherubino Wines also won the ‘Outstanding Wine Producer of the Year Trophy’, and Cape Mentelle won the ‘Old Vines Trophy.’  It was a fantastic result that we hope to replicate again this year,” said CEO Amanda Whiteland.

The IWSC team of international judges will be fully immersed in the Margaret River Wine Region as they join local Australian judging experts, who will be announced in the following weeks. The judging will take place from 4 – 7 June 2024, and the medal results will be announced the following week on 10 June 2024.

Entry to the IWSC’s Wine Judging in Margaret River is open now and it will close on 7 May 2024.

View IWSC’s Margaret River Global Judging page here.

This initiative is proudly supported by WA Wines to the World; an industry-led Export Growth Partnership coordinated by Wines of Western Australia, co-funded by DPIRD.