Wolf Blass receives international acclaim

Posted by Isobel Drake on 5th September 2008

Leading Australian winery Wolf Blass has been honoured with the International Red Winemaker of the Year award at the 2008 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.

Wolf Blass was selected as International Red Winemaker of the Year by a highly credentialed judging panel of more than 370 winemakers, merchants and writers from around the world. Over a two week period, the panel blind tasted more than 9000 wines from 40 different countries, further evidence of the calibre of the IWC competition.

Chris Hatcher, Wolf Blass Chief Winemaker, was delighted to receive the recognition, crediting the achievement to a “team effort”. “This award is a testament to the passion, vision and experience of the entire Wolf Blass winemaking team,” he said. “This is an absolute team effort and one we are honoured to receive”.

The International Wine Competition (IWC) is the world’s largest wine competition, created by renowned UK wine journalists Charles Metcalfe and Robert Joseph. The success of the competition has led to an ever-increasing number of entrants.

Other major award winners on the night were:

Sweet Winemaker of the Year: Weingut Kracher (Austria)

Fortified Winemaker of the Year: Blandy’s (Portugal)
Sparkling Winemaker of the Year: Champagnes P. & C. Heidsieck (France)
White Winemaker of the Year: Saint Clair (New Zealand)