By Andy Young

The International Sweet Wine Challenge (IWSC) this year celebrates its 10th anniversary and entries are now open for this year's competition.

The IWSC aims to highlight "the quality and diversity of the best dessert wines available and promoting a greater understanding and awareness of these wine styles".

President of the ISWC Les Worland saidL "The ISWC is a great chance for producers to compete and compare. These are high effort, labour-of-love wine styles, and it is valuable to join with other like-minded, dedicated winemakers for assessment and appreciation. 

"The Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for an established wine to reconnect with their local and international buying community and also the perfect place if you are a new wine, creating innovations within your style, and wanting to make an impact with media and consumers."

There are 10 trophies up for grabs and the panel will also award medals to successful wines. Entries for the competition open today and will stay open until 7 August 2015. 

The Challenge is open to any non-fortified sweet or semi-sweet wine that is commercially available in the country of origin, and holds a minimum stock of 50 case lots at the time of entry. There is also a separate Museum Class for wines five years or older, which are not commercially available, with the aim of this class to show unusual or rare styles.

Full details are available on the International Sweet Wine Challenge website.

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