Announcing the Winners of the 3rd Annual New York International Wine Competition!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our third incredible year in Manhattan!

The 3rd Annual NYIWC Took Place on June 22, 2013 in New York City

June 22, 2013, New York, NY- In its third year, the New York International Wine Competition (NYIWC) welcomed close to 1000 submissions from the United States and over 30 countries.

The NYIWC is the only major international wine competition to be judged solely by trade buyers, and where each wine is judged both by its category and retail price. All participating judges have purchasing power through their stores, restaurants, distribution networks, which results in their ability to have a direct impact on competitors’ brand sales, and evaluate the wines on the basis of whether they feel they would buy them or not. You can read more about our unique judging process HERE.

Once again held at the 3 West Club in midtown Manhattan earlier this month, this year’s impressive judging panel included buyers from top retail stores, restaurants, distributors, and importers. The judges were excited by the high quantity of known wines submitted, as well as the large number of new wines looking to break into the New York and United States markets.

Adam Levy, the founder of the NYIWC stated, “This wine competition is designed for both the consumer and the trade buyer, as they both buy on quality and price. For instance, a consumer will walk into a liquor store or ask at a restaurant for the best merlot at a certain price. The trade buyer also looks at their selection and will buy wines based upon the best value by category and price. Why should we not judge wine that way in our competition as well?”

Wines landing on these shelves are carrying awards designated as Double Gold, Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Not every bottle entered received a medal, as is common practice with many other competitions. A Bronze medal indicates it is something a judge would buy; Silver medals designate the spirit that judges really liked; Gold medals are affixed to brands that the judging panel believed was worth promoting to their customers. Double Gold is an amazing wine for its category and price.

The judges from the NYIWC take great pride in not being a “Medal Factory” like other wine competitions where over 80% of those who submit win a medal. We affectionately refer to it at “Third Grade Soccer,” where everyone who participates wins a medal. This year less than 30% of those who submitted won a medal. Our experienced judges take their duties seriously and perform them honorably.

The NYIWC will be holding the Winners Circle showcasing the winners from the NYIWC for the Press & Trade on September 30th. The event will be held at the 3
West Club located at 3 West 51st NY NY. Please RSVP 9173380163 x 1 or at

The 4th Annual New York International Wine Competition will be held May 18-19th 2014.

The 4th Annual New York International Spirits Competition will be held October 20-21st.

The 3rd Annual New York International Beer Competition will be held February 9th 2014.

Please also view our weekly updates on the liquor industry at the Alcohol Professor. Written for the trade and the enlightened consumer.

Red Wine of the Year
Baumgartner Blauer Portgieser

Barbera Wine of the Year
Oltretorrente Barbera Superiore

Champagne Winery of the Year
Charles Elner Winery

Ice Wine Winery of the Year
Caroline Cellars Winery

Merlot of the Year 
Barone Fini Merlot 2011

Moscato Winery of the Year
Allure Winery

Porto Tawny Winery of the Year
C.H. Kopke

Shiraz of the Year
Taylors Jaraman Shiraz

Touriga of the Year
Quinta da nespereira Vineaticu

Best New Packaging of the Year
Copa Di Vino

Argentina Wine Importer of the Year
Southern Wine Group

New York Importer & Distributor of the Year
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Greek Wine Importer of the Year
Esteson Company

Bulgarian Wine Importers of the Year
Bulgarian Master Vintners

Fair Trade Winery of the Year
House of Mandela

Ice Wine Distributor of the Year

Slovenia Importer of the Year
Laureate Imports

Hungary Wine Importer of the Year
Carpathian Wines


Alexander Valley Winery of the Year
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Central Coast Winery of the Year
Silver Buckle Winery

Lodi Winery of the Year
Peirano Estate Winery

Mokelumne River Winery of the Year
Vino Vargas Winery

Napa Winery of the Year
Rutherford Ranch

Russian River Valley Winery of the Year
Gary Farrell Winery

Santa Barbara Winery of the Year
Rancho Sisquoc

Sonoma Winery of the Year
Hidden Ridge Winery


Connecticut Winery of the Year
Maywood Winery


Iowa Winery of the Year
Cedar Valley Winery


Maine Winery of the Year
Cellar Door Winery


Michigan Winery of the Year
L. Mawby Winery


Minnesota Winery of the Year
Cannon River Winery


North Fork Winery of the Year
Sherwood House

Finger Lakes Winery of the Year
Coyote Moon Vineyards


Ohio Winery of the Year
Humble Bee Vineyards


Oregon Winery of the Year
Lumos Wine Co.


Pennsylvania Winery of the Year
Karamoor Estate


Tennessee Winery of the Year
Arrington Vineyards


Texas Winery of the Year
Solaro Estate Winery


Virginia Winery of the Year
Pearmund Cellars


Washington Winery of the Year
Hedges Family Estate

Columbia Valley Winery of the Year
Nodland Cellars

Walla Walla Winery of the Year
Che e Amore


Argentina Winery of the Year
Durigutti Winery

Salta Region Winery of the Year


Australia Winery of the Year
Taylor Winery

South Eastern Australia Winery of the Year
Kingston Estate


Austria Winery of the Year
Baumgartner Winery

Kremstal Winery of the Year
Schmid Winery


Bulgaria Winery of the Year
VINI Winery


Canada Winery of the Year
Joie Farm

British Columbia Winery of the Year
Serendipity Winery


Chile Winery of the Year
PKNT Winery


France Winery of the Year
Domaine Du Chalet Pouilly

Rhone Valley Winery of the Year
Domaine de Chateaumar

Pessac-Leognan Winery of the Year
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte


India Winery of the Year
Big Banyan Winery


Italy Winery of the Year
Oltretorrente Winery

Chianti Classico Winery of the Year
Fattoria La Vialla

Sicilia Winery of the Year
Villa Pozzi

Trentino Winery of the Year
Barone Fini


Germany Winery of the Year
Bex Riesling


Greece Winery of the Year
Karela Winery

Nemea Winery of the Year
Kouros Winery


Hungary Winery of the Year
Erzsebet Pince


Lebanon Winery of the Year
Chateau Ksara


Mexico Winery of the Year
L.A. Cetto Winery


New Zealand Winery of the Year
Brancott Estate

Marlborough Winery of the Year
Giesen Winery

Hawkes Bay Winery of the Year
Sileni Estates Winery


Portugal Winery of the Year
Herdade Fonte Paredes

Alentejo Winery of the Year
Esporao Winery

Dao Winery of the Year
Quinta dos Murcas Assobio

Douro Winery of the Year
Quinta da Nespereira

Lisboa Winery of the Year
DFJ Winery

Regional Peninsula de Setubal
Damasceno Winery

Port Producer of the Year


Slovenia Winery of the Year


Spain Winery of the Year
Bodegas Arzuaga


South Africa Winery of the Year
Leopard Frog Winery


Uruguay Winery of the Year
Artesana Winery

Register Now

We invite you to register for the NYIWC online, or use the downloadable form below to submit your wine.