Announcing the Winners of the 5th Annual New York International Wine Competition!

Thanks to everyone who participated our fifth successful year in Manhattan!

The 5th Annual NYIWC Took Place on June 15, 2015 in New York City

June 15, 2015, New York, NY- In its fifth 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.

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

Best Charity Project
Chateau La Paws


California Winners

Alexander Valley Chardonnay Winery of the Year
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year
Darkhorse Cabernet Savignon 2013

California Dry Red Blend Producer of the Year
Luna Vineyards

Chardonnay Central Coast Producer of the Year
Santa Barbara Winery

California Best Value Pinot Noir of the Year
Belcreme de Lys

California Zinfandel Wine Producer of the Year
Rosenblum Cellars

Central Coast Winery of the Year
Santa Barbara Winery

Central Coast Dry Red Blend Wine Producer of the Year
Truvee by Mcbride Sisters

Chardonnay North Coast Producer of the Year
Hyde Vineyards

El Dorado Winery of the Year
Boeger Winery

El Dorado Red Wine Winery of the Year
Nello Olivio

Lake County Winery of the Year
Dancing Crow Vineyards

Napa Sauvignon Blanc Producer of the Year
Sterling Vineyards

Lodi Chardonnay Winery of the Year
Victor Vineyards

Lodi Pinot Grigio Winery of the Year
Van Ruiten Vineyards

Lodi Red Varietal Winery of the Year
Loma Prieta Winery

Monterey Winery of the Year
Mystic Hills Vineyard

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Winery of the Year
Rutherford Ranch

North Coast Winery of the Year 
McFadden Farm

North Coast Pinot Noir Winery of the Year
Philo Ridge Vineyards

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Winery
White Oak Winery

Santa Cruz Mountains Winery of the Year

Sonoma Unoaked Chardonnay Winery of the Year
Cassidy Ranch

Sonoma Rose Winery of the Year
Lawer Estates

Sweet White Wine of the Year
Barefoot Refresh Sweet Wine


Colorado Winery of the Year
Colorado Honey Wine


Kentucky Winery of the Year
Baker Bird Winery


Massachusetts Wine Producer of the Year
Nantucket Vineyards


North Carolina Winery of the Year
Burntshirt Vineyards


New York Boutique Winery of the Year
Brooklyn Winery

New York Cabernet Franc Winery of the Year
Karamoor Estate

New York Ice Winery of the Year
Mazza Vineyards

New York Mead Winery of the Year
Black Willow Winery

New York Red Varietal Winery of the Year
Halfmoon Cellars

New York Riesling Winery of the Year
Adirondack Winery


Chehalem Mountains Winery of the Year
A Blooming Hill Vineyard

Oregon Pinot Gris Winery of the Year
Sweet Cheeks Winery

Oregon Pinot Noir Winery of the Year
Seufert Winery


Pennsylvania Winery of the Year
Galen Glen

Pennsylvania Cabernet Franc of the Year


Tennessee Winery of the Year
Arrington Vineyards


Texas Winery of the Year
Solaro Estate


Virginia Winery of the Year
Chateau Morrisette

Virginia Red Meritage Winery of the Year
Pearmund Cellars

Fruit Winery of the Year
Cana Vineyards


Vermont Winery of the Year 
Honora Winery


Washington Winery of the Year
Westport Winery

Washington Biodynamic Winery of the Year
Hedges Family Estate

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon Winery of the Year
Claar Cellars

Washington Merlot Winery of the Year
Stemilt Creek Winery

Columbia Valley Winery of the Year
Page Cellars


Wisconsin Winery of the Year
Fisher King Winery

Upper Mississippi River Valley Winery of the Year
Villa Bellezza Winery


Malbec Producer of the Year


Austria Organic Winery of the Year

Austria Winery of the Year


Adelaide Chardonnay Winery of the Year
Mr. Riggs

Adelaide Shiraz Winery of the Year
Zonte’s Footstep

Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Producer of the Year
Taylors The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Australia Natural/Biodynamic Winery of the Year

Australia Shiraz Producer of the Year
Jacob’s Creek

Barossa Shiraz Winery of the Year
Zonte’s Footstep’s

Clare Valley Winery of the Year

Clare Valley Shiraz Winery of the Year
Kingston Estate Wines

Limestone Winery of the Year
Limestone Coast Wines

Riverland Winery of the Year
Mallee Estate Wines

South Eastern Cabernet Sauvignon Producer of the Year
Wyndham Estate


Egypt Wine Producer of the Year
Al Ahram Beverages Company


Champagne Producer of the Year
Moet & Chandon

Rose Winery of the Year

Rhone Winery of the Year
Les Dauphins


Georgia Red Winery of the Year
Chateau Mukhrani


Germany Riesling Winery of the Year

J. Baumer


Greece Dessert Wine of the Year
Wishes Eratines Sweet Orange

Greece Sweet Red Winery of the Year
Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras NV, Sweet Red

Nemea Red Winery of the Year

Macedonia White Wine Winery of the Year
Wishes Eratines



Hungary Winery of the Year

Israel Winery of the Year
Golan Heights Winery


delle Venezia Winery of the Year

Piemonte Winery of the Year
Madonna Dell’Uva

Italy White Wine of the Year
Castellucci Miano Catarratto 2013

Orvieto Classico Winery of the Year 

Prosecco Winery of the Year
Astoria Vini

Terre Sicilliane Winery of the Year
Villa Pozzi


Mexico Red Wine Producer of the Year
Bodega Rivero Gonzales


New Zealand Winery of the Year
Giesen Winery

Hawkes Bay Winery of the Year
Sileni Estates


Portugal Winery of the Year
DFJ Vinhos


Slovenia Winery of the Year
Traviata Winery

Slovenia Wine Importer of the Year
Laureate Imports Company


South Africa Winery of the Year
Douglas Green


South Korea Rice Wine Producer of the Year
Kooksoondang Brewery


La Mancha Winery of the Year
Bodegas Cristo De La Vega


Turkey Winery of the Year
Mey Icki


Uruguay Winery of the Year
Artesana Winery

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