The IWSC Group


The IWSC Group is the world leader in organising wine and spirit events around the globe.

In addition to The International Wine and Spirit Competition, the IWSC Group operates 5 others brands including:

Established in 1969, The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was the first competition of its kind, set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its 45th year, The IWSC’s relentless pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today.

What sets the IWSC apart is the formidable reputation of its judging process. Our panels of carefully selected industry experts comprise Masters of Wine, buyers, sommeliers, WSET qualified educators and respected wine journalists. Every single wine is assessed on its own merits within the context of its class.

Currently receiving entries from around 90 countries, the IWSC is truly international in its reach and recognition. Our partners around the world work throughout the year to drive awareness and promote winners to both trade and consumer audiences.

With 45 years heritage, an IWSC Award is recognised internationally as a badge of quality.

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) runs in partnership with the London-based International Wine & Spirit Competition.
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is the first truly Asian wines and spirits competition of its kind in the world, it has been created specifically for the Asian market by those who know and are intimately involved in the region.
Supported by key factors such as: Chinese food and wine pairing awards; an award for Best Wine produced in China; and judging is conducted by Asia’s most esteemed wine judges from China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India – including the competition’s Director and Master of Wine, Hong Kong-based Debra Meiburg MW and Chinese food and wine expert Simon Tam.
The competition results will offer the Asian wine consumer the ultimate guide to purchasing wine that is sensitive to the Asian palate and cultural consumption patterns.
Being recognised by the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition provides winemakers with instant prestige in the market. With the competition being the first truly Asian wine competition, the vast population of wine consumers in Asia, each year eagerly anticipate the results.

Spirits of the Americas is a new venture that seeks to celebrate the diversity and innovation of distilling in the Americas by recognising the very best that’s out there and bringing it to consumers for their enjoyment. The Competition is going from strength to strenght, with the 2nd annual Spirits of the Americas competition having attracted even more entries than last year.

This is done through the competition and the November event which showcase the breadth of the "Spirits of the Americas".
From Canada to Chile, the Americas have a diverse and fascinating culture of distilling using a variety of base materials from grain through agave to sugar cane and beyond.
The Americas have always had traditionally strong regional spirits whether it be the rums of the Caribbean, the Tequilas of Mexico or the Bourbons of Kentucky but recent years have seen spirits being produced in the most surprising of places whether it be vodka from Maine and Argentina, gin from San Francisco or absinthe from Philadelphia.
Come to encompass the fascinating and pioneering art of distilling, bringing together the distillers and consumers to learn, be entertained and most importantly taste! Enjoy celebrating with the winners of the Spirits of the Americas Competition and interacting with their expert distillers who will share their products, their passion and their knowledge.
What Food What Wine South Africa?
What Food What Wine? is an exciting competition which takes your favourite South African 'every-day recipes' and finds the best wines to match.
Using a crack team of food and wine experts , we find the best wines to match with each    dish. The aim is to help wine drinkers experiment with confidence when it comes to finding wines to go with their favourite dishes.
In our inaugural 2013 What Food What Wine? Competition, categories included; 'Snacks', including dishes such as Biltong, the much-loved 'Traditionally South African' including Pap & Wors and Babotie, 'Familiar Favourites' including Mushroom Risotto and Lasagne and finally the 'For Afters' category, all created by our food director, Jenny Morris. As South Africa's first major food and wine matching competition, it differs from the other wine competitions in that all wines are judged specifically and only on the suitability of the match. 

The Spirits of Mexico 
The oldest, largest and most comprehensive festival for agave and other Mexican spirits in North America, The Mexican Spirits Tasting Festival is being held this year on September 28 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA.
Through seminars hosted by recognized industry professionals, guests learn about the history and culture of each spirit, current trends and appropriate tasting techniques.
It is our belief that through education on all aspects of these spirits, imbibers will consume responsibly and hold in the highest regard, the generations of master distillers and blenders whose art form is experienced in each delicious drop.
Celebrating the distiller’s art, The Spirits of Mexico brings together master distillers and blenders, authors, aficionados, mixologists, distributors, retailers, ambassadors; world renowned and new-to-market-brands; and above all, it brings together the surging group of admiring fans who have created the double-digit growth of Tequila and other Mexican spirits.