There will be baited breath in the global wine community on November 18 when the winners of the Wine Producer Awards will be announced. The highest-achieving wine estates from the IWSC have made it into the shortlist across five categories: Sparkling Wine Producer, Fortified, Sweet, Red and White Wine Producer with English wineries well represented in the Sparkling Wine category. Unlike the Spirits awards where William Grant & Son could win for the third year in a row, the Wine Producer Awards will have a new winner as last year’s most Outstanding Wine Producer did not make the cut.
The winners of the Wine Producer Awards will be announced at the IWSC 2020 Awards Ceremony on 18 November. This year, IWSC is taking the celebration online with a virtual broadcast on YouTube Premiere
Langham Wine Estate and Gusbourne, two English producers of sparkling wine, are lining up against each to take the much-coveted award of world’s best Sparkling Wine Producer in a shortlist of just four estates in this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). With the re-vamped awards taking place online this year, and beamed direct from the Sussex home of Ridgeview Wine Estate, the event is sure to have an English flavour.
Following the announcement of its wine trophies last week, the IWSC has now unveiled the final shortlists for all of the Wine Producer Awards, which recognise the world’s top-performing producers at this year’s IWSC.
Experts have carefully analysed all the IWSC 2020 results, looking at producers’ medals, scores and other achievements, in order to find the top winemakers across key categories, including red, white, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines.
“Producer trophies are the pinnacle of achievement”, said IWSC head of tastings Pip Mortimer. “They reward the overall portfolio, ethos and achievement of companies that enter the IWSC.”
The winners of these awards will then be put forward for IWSC’s coveted Outstanding Wine Producer trophy, which was achieved by Kanonkop in 2019, a South African producer that has been awarded over 15 different IWSC trophies over the years.
Meet the nominees for the IWSC Wine Producer Awards:
White Wine Producer
- La Chablisienne
- Divino Nordheim Thüngersheim
- Leo Burning (Treasury Wine Estates)
- La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim
Red Wine Producer
- Wolf Blass Wines (Treasury Wine Estate)
- Fortant (BOISSET La famille des grands vins)
- Rioja Vega
- Rutini (La Rural Viñedos Y Bodegas)
Sparkling Wine Producer
- Maison Mumm
- Langham Wine Estate
- Le Bertole
Sweet Wine Producer
- Peller Estates
- Estate Argyros
- Royal Tokaji
- Mad Wine Kft
Fortified Wine Producer
- Emilio Lustau
- Kopke (Sogevinus)
- Quinta da Pego (Amka)
- Morris (Casella Wines)
The winners of the Wine Producer Awards will be announced at the IWSC 2020 Awards Ceremony on 18 November. This year, IWSC is taking the celebration online with a virtual broadcast on YouTube Premiere. It will be filmed at the renowned English wine estate of Ridgeview and will be produced by one of the foremost documentary filmmakers in the UK – a producer who has worked with Pink Floyd, Blur and the Sex Pistols.
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