One Australian Winery stands alone

Australian winery crowned International Winemaker of the Year for a
history-making fourth time


The world’s best winemaker has been named at the 2016 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London, with Australian winery McGuigan Wines being crowned International Winemaker of the Yeariwsc-logo – and in doing so became the only winery in the Competition’s history to win the title four times.

Having won the title in 2009, 2011 and 2012, McGuigan Wines saw off competition from the world’s wine producing nations including France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the USA to become the first winemaker in the world – let alone an Australian one – to receive the award four times. The win not only reinforces, but enhances, Australia’s reputation as a world-class wine producing country.

Completing an outstanding evening for McGuigan Wines, the winery was also awarded the coveted Australian Producer of the Year title for ‘Australia’s best winemaker’ and as a result, also became the first winery to win the Australian title four times.

Chief Winemaker of McGuigan Wines, Neil McGuigan, said;

“To be the only winery crowned International Winemaker of the Year four times is extremely humbling. I am immensely proud of this achievement and what this award means for Australia and McGuigan Wines. These awards are as much for the Australian wine industry as they are for us. Every time an Australian wine or producer is acknowledged at an international wine competition it puts our products on the map and forces people to sit up and take notice. We continue to be incredibly honoured to represent Australia on the world stage.

Every day you need to have the ambition to craft beautiful, quality wine and make it the hero. This award – and our trophies – is vindication and recognition of this vision. We have a long-standing association with Hunter Valley Semillon, and we’re incredibly proud of it, but we’re now gaining recognition for our super-premium reds thanks to their incredible flavour, lightness, elegance and longevity – which is something I’ve championed for years.” 

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Six years on and still going strong:
McGuigan dominates at IWSC!

The 2016 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) results are in,
and once again McGuigan Wines has risen to the challenge taking home two trophies!iwsc-logo

Semillon Trophy               Bin 9000 Semillon 2003
Shiraz | Syrah Trophy       Handmade Shiraz 2007

Only 16 wine trophies were awarded across the entire competition, with McGuigan the only winery to win
two top gongs.

In addition, this is the sixth year in a row McGuigan has been awarded the Semillon trophy, a phenomenal run of success.

In total, McGuigan received two Trophies, three Gold Outstanding, one Gold,
six Silver Outstanding, twenty-four Silver, and twelve Bronze.

Congratulations to our winemaking team for this amazing achievement!


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IWC Awards

Our world renowned wines continue to set the standard on the world stage.

Building on our previous success at the International Wine Challenge (IWC), McGuigan Wines had another stellar show, receiving five trophies, five gold, eight silver and twelve bronze medals.

The standout performer was the McGuigan Shortlist Eden Valley Riesling 2010 which picked up the Trophy for Best Australian White Wine, in addition to the Eden Valley Riesling, South Australian Riesling, Australian Riesling and International Dry Riesling Trophies, demonstrating its incredible consistency and regional authenticity in the face of strong competition.

The IWC is accepted as one of the world’s finest and most meticulously judged competitions, with all wines tasted ‘blind’ and assessed for faithfulness to style, region and vintage.