The British wine expert Robert Joseph founded in 1983 together with Charles Metcalfe founded the magazine "Wine International", which was published in 2005 in " Wine & Spirit International “Was renamed. At the same time, the "International Wine Challenge" wine competition and later the "International Spirit Challenge" competition were launched. Joseph also served as Chairman, but withdrew to the newspaper publisher William Reed after the magazine, including the International Wine Challenge, was sold in 2005. In the first year, a modest 38 wines were rated, today there are up to 10,000 annually. This makes IWC the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world and rightly calls itself the subtitle "The world's largest wine competition". 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 take place in London for two weeks in April.
The wine review is from 400 to 500 professional tasters in the form of blind tastings carried out. None of the jurors is from the producer group. In doing so 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%. However, special judges make sure that no wine is unjustly eliminated. Gold (95 to 100 points), silver (90 to 94) and bronze medals (85 to 89) are awarded for the five categories Sparkling Wines, White Wines, Fortified Wines, Red Wines and Sweet Wines. In each category, a gifted wine maker or producer is awarded the coveted title "Winemaker of the Year". Those producers who have consistently achieved top performances for at least five years are awarded the prestigious “Trophy”.
The "Awards" will be announced a month later in May, the "Trophies" in June. There will be an award dinner in September, to which all winners will be invited. As the last result from the gold medal winners, the best wine in each category is announced as "Champion Trophy Wines". At the event in 2008, 1,435 producers from 39 countries submitted over 9,000 wines. 267 gold, 1,257 silver and 2,140 bronze medals were awarded. The most successful countries were France (696), Australia (587) and Spain (381). The most successful of the 116 trophies were France (20), Australia (18), Portugal (13), Italy (10) and Spain (8). In honor of the five-time “Winemaker of the Year” Alois cracker (1959-2007) from Austria the "Sweet Wine Trophy" was renamed to "Alois Kracher Trophy". In 2019, the IWC entered the competition as a sponsor World's Best Vineyards on. See also under awards and wine Events,