International Wine Challenge Judging Postponed due to Coronavirus

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on everybody, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) will be postponing its April 2020 judging.

The IWC will be moving the judging process to November 2020 and results will be published just before the Christmas trading period. All existing entries will be transferred automatically to the new judging dates. The IWC aims to process all wines entered in the coming weeks ahead of a UK lockdown. All wines will then be stored in a temperature controlled wine warehouse until November. The Merchant Awards UK will be judged keeping to the original timeline with an award announcement in July.

Following signs of life returning to normal in mainland China, IWC China will remain open and will be judged in June as planned. More information here:

Chris Ashton, Director of IWC commented, “We have been following UK Government and WHO advice and although the tasting may be small enough to be allowed to run, the fact that the judges come from all over the world makes it too significant a risk to all. Obviously, this is a very difficult situation for everyone and things are changing rapidly. I thank you for your patience and support and hopefully we will all be able to be prepared for when the virus is brought under control.”