Nine expert wine judges are in Margaret River this week to judge local wines for the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
The nine judges are Alistair Cooper MW, Freddy Bulmer, Melania Battiston, Libby Brodie, Beth Pearce MW, Chris Crawford, Randall Pollard, Emma Farrelly and Erin Larkin.
The IWSC has judged in situ programs in South Africa, Argentina, Turkey, Austria and Georgia this year.
However, Margaret River is the only wine region in the world where the in situ judging will focus solely on one region’s wines rather than an entire nation’s.
It will also be the first time judging outside of Europe, Africa or South America.
Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland says, “Securing this amazing opportunity is massive. It reinforces Margaret River’s reputation as a desirable destination producing high quality and world class wines.”
“Winning an IWSC medal holds significant prestige, and it can really boost the reputation and assist with sales of a wine.
“The visit will provide a significant opportunity for the judges to dive deep into the region and gain an appreciation of what makes it so unique.”
In addition to the three days of wine judging being conducted at Clairault Streicker, the judges will stay in beach houses at Smiths Beach Resort and participate in masterclasses, wine tastings and cultural storytelling in some of the region’s most breathtaking locations.
They will also have a chance to discover the region’s quality produce through meals prepared by local chefs including Ben Jacob of Lagoon Yallingup, Aaron Carr of Yarri and Ben Day of Cullen Wines.
The IWSC results will be announced to the exhibitors on the final day of judging at a sundowner in the Art Gallery at Vasse Felix.
The UK trade will have the opportunity to taste the medal-winning wines at events in London at the Roundhouse on 19 October and 67 Pall Mall on 1 November.