From the British wine expert Robert Joseph was in 1983 together with Charles Metcalfe The magazine "Wine International" was founded in 2005 in " Wine & Spirit International "Was renamed. At the same time, the wine competition "International Wine Challenge" and later the competition "International Spirit Challenge" was launched. Joseph also served as chairman, but retired after the sale of the magazine in 2005, including the International Wine Challenge, to newspaper editor William Reed. In the first year a total of modest 38 wines were evaluated, today there are up to 10,000 annually. This makes IWC the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world and is rightfully called "The world's largest wine competition" in the subtitle. The competition is chaired by Charles Metcalfe, Derek Smedley (MW), Tim Atkin (MW) and Sam Harrop (MW). It is carried out annually. The wines must be sent in by the end of March. The tastings will take place in London for two weeks in April.
The wine review is made by 400 to 500 professional degustators in the form of blind tastings carried out. None of the jurors is from the producer circle. It will be Flights (Groups) of 8 to 14 bottles of similar wines compared - for example, only wines from Meursault, Only wines with at least 85 points (out of a maximum of 100) enter the second round, which is usually around 60%. Special judges, however, make sure that no wine is unjustly eliminated. Gold (95 to 100 points), Silver (90 to 94) and Bronze (85 to 89) Gold will be awarded for the five categories Sparkling Wines, White Wines, Fortified Wines, Red Wines and Sweet Wines. In each category, a gifted winemaker or producer is awarded the coveted title "Winemaker of the Year". Those producers who consistently delivered peak performances for at least five years are awarded the prestigious "Trophy".
The "Awards" will be announced one month later in May, the "Trophies" in June. In September there will be an Award Dinner, to which all winners will be invited. As the last result of the gold medal winners, the best wine per category will be announced as "Champion Trophy Wines". At the event in 2008, more than 9,000 wines were submitted by 1,435 producers from 39 countries. 267 gold, 1,257 silver and 2,140 bronze medals were awarded. The most successful countries were France (696), Australia (587) and Spain (381). France (20), Australia (18), Portugal (13), Italy (10) and Spain (8) were the most successful in the 116 trophies. In honor of the five-time "Winemaker of the Year" Alois cracker (1959-2007) from Austria the "Sweet Wine Trophy" was renamed "Alois Kracher Trophy". In 2019, the IWC entered as a sponsor of the competition World's Best Vineyards on. See also below awards and wine Events,