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Neil McGuigan crowned IWSC Winemaker of the Year

Neil McGuigan, CEO of Australia Vintage, was crowned IWSC Winemaker of the Year at the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit) awards held in London this week.

The Outstanding Achievement in Wine award went to Sam Harrop MW. From his previous work as a buyer for Marks & Spencer to consultancy collaborations with Loire producers and brands such as Tagus Creek, the judges remarked: “His logical, non-judgemental manner is a rare thing in this world and it is producing results wherever he works.”

Other big winners included Waitrose who took Retailer of the Year for the third time in a row and Seckford Agencies who won Wine Importer of the Year. Duncan Murray Wines in Market Harborough and Quaff in Brighton, shared the Independent Retailer of the Year award.

For full details and profiles of this year’s IWSC winners, look out for the Drinks Business IWSC Report 2012, which is due out with the December issue. The results are also available to view at