Success at the International Wine Challenge Awards

Last night we attended the International Wine Challenge Awards 2021 presentation, and were delighted to continue our success there, winning four Merchant trophies:

IWC Large Agent of the Year 2021 

IWC Italy Specialist Merchant of the Year 2021 

IWC Australia Specialist Merchant of the Year 2021 

IWC Wine Educator of the Year 2021 

Highly Commended - IWC On-Trade Supporter of the Year 2021

Liberty Wines’ “great attention to detail” impressed the judges, said Harpers, adding, “It has also invested for the future and is highly regarded for the quality of its service.”

It was also a night of celebration for Piper-Heidsieck as Émilien Boutillat was named IWC Sparkling Winemaker of the Year 2021. This is the 9th time the house has claimed the title (read more here).

“Less than three years into his new job, Émilien has collected his first Sparkling Winemaker of the Year title,” said the judges. He had proven “he was the right choice to succeed eight-times IWC Sparkling Winemaker of the Year, Régis Camus, at Piper-Heidsieck,” they added.

The 2008 Piper-Heidsieck Vintage (now sold out) won the IWC Champion Sparkling Wine 2021 - Daniel Thibault Trophy. Daniel was the chef de cave at Charles Heidsieck until his untimely death in 2002. The Champagne house also won the Non-Vintage Champagne Trophy for their Essentiel Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut NV (magnum), while their Essentiel Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV received a Gold medal.

The Capezzana Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva 2013 won the IWC Champion Sweet Wine 2021 - Alois Kracher Trophy, the third time this wine has been the Champion Sweet Wine at the IWC.

Aurelio Montes received the Lifetime Achievement Award for building from scratch in 1988 a winery that was founded to produce premium Chilean wines - long before such a concept existed in the mind of the consumer (read more here).

In challenging times, our team displayed remarkable resilience and agility, refusing to slow down or to compromise on their rigorous standards. This dedication has resulted in record service performance and a portfolio with more depth and breadth than ever.

We are grateful to them, and to our customers and suppliers, for their continued support.

For more information on the IWC Awards, please visit the competition website.