Stroud-based wine company, When in Rome, and its celebrity partner Phillip Schofield were celebrating this week after winning a bronze award in the 2020 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). This was the only bag in box wine to win at the awards this year.
Phillip’s personally selected, bag-in-box Falanghina outperformed a number of other brands from across Europe and scored an impressive 85 points to clinch the coveted Bronze medal in the highly competitive dry wine category.
Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world.
In a unique judging process the wines are tasted blind by a panel of experts selected from industry critics and commercial decision-makers within the on-trade and off-trade, then products that receive the top marks are subjected to a rigorous technical analysis to ensure winners receive complete validation for their wines.
This year’s judging panel remarked that the Falanghina from producers Antica Hirpinia, in South West Italy was, ‘A complex wine of pear drop, quince and lime zest, with hints of tropical fruit.’
Phillip said, “I’m delighted to have won an internationally renowned award, blind-tasted by the who’s who in the wine world.
“One ambition when creating my wines with When in Rome was to help challenge the perceptions of bag in-box wine, showing that they’re excellent quality as well as being eco-friendly.”
CEO and co-founder of When in Rome, Rob Malin, said: “Winning this award not only helps to promote our bag in box wines in both domestic and international markets, but also helps to raise awareness of the alt-format category and the fight to reduce the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Our vision is to make a real and tangible difference to the way consumers buy wine through the creation of world class bag-in-box wines.”
When in Rome announced its partnership with Phillip Schofield earlier this year, which led to Phillip choosing two bag in box wines for sale in the UK. Phillips’s classic Italian Falanghina, is produced by wine cooperative Antica Hirpinia from their vineyards just outside Taurasi, in the Campanian region of South West Italy. It has delicate aromas of acacia and orange blossom and tickles the taste buds with green apple, quince and lime flavours, offering a crisp, minerally finish.
The Falanghina is available from Waitrose, Amazon, Flavourly.com and Winebuyers.com.