IWSC Celebrates Georgian Wine’s Global Ascent, Says Executive Director Christelle Guibert

IWSC Celebrates Georgian Wine’s Global Ascent, Says Executive Director Christelle Guibert

Georgia’s position as a viticultural treasure was underscored by IWSC Executive Director Christelle Guibert at the recent awards ceremony. “Georgia’s wine industry stands unique, offering a diversity of wines that deserve global recognition,” Guibert stated. “Our mission to elevate Georgia on the world wine map is ongoing, and it’s our fervent wish to see it esteemed as the cradle of winemaking.”

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) wrapped up with an impressive showcase of 520 wines from over 170 companies. A knowledgeable jury awarded a total of 310 medals, with Georgian vintners sweeping all 18 golds. The silver medals included one notable recipient from Armenia, while the bronze medals were shared among Georgian, Armenian, and Azerbaijani producers.

Hosting the IWSC Wine Judging for the second time, Georgia has turned this event into a tradition that carries prestige for participating companies. Beyond the accolades, the competition affords winners the invaluable rewards of new skills, knowledge, and experience in the wine industry.

This year’s competition, in collaboration with the Gurjaani Wine Festival and the National Wine Agency of Georgia, expanded to evaluate wines from Armenia and Azerbaijan as well, signifying a regional celebration of winemaking.

Jury members, led by Alistair Cooper, president of Cata d’Or and global consultant for United Cellars, included renowned figures such as Europe’s Best Sommelier 2021 Salvatore Castano, and Emma Penman of Waitrose & Partners, among others. Georgian wine expertise was represented by local professionals like Levan Mekhuzla, Chairman of the National Wine Agency, and others.

The IWSC 2024 Wine Judging in Georgia, organized by the Gurjaani Wine Festival, is supported by entities including the National Wine Agency and sponsored by Teliani Valley and Bank of Georgia, reflecting the event’s role in championing Georgia’s ancient winemaking heritage.