Melbourne International Wine Competition


The Melbourne International Wine Competition is regarded as the first major international wine competition which consists of a panel of “trade only” judges, meaning that these judges are real trade buyers who analyze and rate the wine based on its actual price and category. These judges buy wines from world class hotels and restaurants, as well as top liquor stores. Unlike most other wine competitions, these judges actually make an impact on wine sales, and possess purchasing power. 

Started in 2014, the MIWC recently announced the winners for its 4th run. The event was held in the heart of Melbourne, where more than 1100 wine varietals and blends were tasted and judged. Adam Levy, Founder of the MIWC commented that the judges were really impressed with the entries into the competition this year. The esteemed panel of judges consisted of Bert Wyden – Buyer and Director at WineStar; Bob Paulinski – MW (Head of Sourcing – Wine, Coles Liquor); and Andrew Roper (Founder & Chief Selector – Wines to the Stars); among other high profile wine sommeliers, hoteliers, distributors and retail store buyers. 

The spotlight was on the wines that received the Double Gold medal. The wines that made it to the 2017 Double Gold medal list include – 
•    Sidewood Estate 2013 Isabella Rose
•    Reillys Wine Dry Land 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
•    Trifon Estate 2013 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
•    Champagne Lanson NB Extra Age Brut
•    Sum of the Few Wines 2016 Chardonnay
•    Sieber Road Wines 2015 Shiraz / Grenache
•    McGuigan 2014 Shortlist GSM
•    James Busby Fine Wines The Fabulist 2016 Pinot Noir
•    Soumah of Yarra Valley 2016 Soumah Pinot Noir Hexham
•    Wild Earth Wines 2014 Pinot Noir
•    Wild Earth Wines 2014 Special Edition Pinot Noir
•    One Road 2015 Shiraz
•    Bird in Hand 2013 MAC Shiraz
•    Norfolk Rise Vineyard 2016 Shiraz
•    Harcourt Valley Vineyards 2016 Mt Camel Range Shiraz

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