The wine Oscars – Australian wines celebrated

The elite of the wine industry raised their glasses to cheer Australian winemakers for their success at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) held recently.



The IWC, which is held in London, is known as the world’s wine Oscars as the best of the best from the world of wine gather to celebrate the industry and witness the unveiling of 41 prestigious awards.

Amongst those who triumphed at the world’s most rigorously judged independent wine competition were Aussie winemakers the Angove Family Winemakers, Kalleske and McGuigan Wines.

Australia took home the following highly coveted Awards:

* White Winemaker of the Year 2012: Neil McGuigan, McGuigan Wines

* Champion White Wine 2012: Vineyard Select Clare Valley Rieslin 2006, Angove Family Winemakers

* Biodynamic Trophy: Clarry’s 2011, Kalleske

Hosted by IWC Co-Chairmen and leading wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Tim Atkin MW, Mr Metcalfe commented:

“The IWC’s aim is to recognise excellence and help wine drinkers everywhere source some of the world’s best wines.

“The credibility of the IWC logo is testament to the competition’s unrivalled professionalism and meticulous judging processes.

“IWC medals help to take the risks out of buying wine, and point consumers towards quality wines at all prices and in all styles.”

Each gold medal-winning wine is blind tasted at least three (and up to six) times, led by a team of world-renowned wine experts with 400 judges from the industry.

“The IWC is about to celebrate its 30th year and the influence of the competition has never been greater,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“We have received a record number of entries this year with more countries entering than ever before as more wine producers see the value of an IWC award win.

“The wine drinker is very well served this year with great quality and well-priced wines available worldwide.

“The International Wine Challenge is very proud of its role in bringing these wines to the attention of wine drinkers.”

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