|Food & Spirits: including 27 Gold-Best in Class and six additional Gold-level awards. The nation has more gold medals than any other. Australian varietals Shiraz and Semillon received the majority of the awards.
Australia's mastery of winemaking was recognized worldwide with the announcing of the Southern Hemisphere medal winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Five-hundred-and-sixty-eight medals in total were presented to Australia
The heavy mettle of two Asia/Pacific's winemakers was recognized by the competition, as New Zealand received 160 medals as well. South Africa scored a noteworthy 367 medals, which includes five Gold-level awards. The only hiccup heard from the Australian
contingency was the lackluster performance of its Chardonnays. Only one of the Australian Chardonnays received a medal.
Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) is the premier competition of its kind. All entries of wines, spirits and liqueurs are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary. Awards are made on a points system and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories.