Anthony von Mandl becomes the first Canadian to be appointed Competition President of The International Wine and Spirit Competition. As the 27th Competition President Anthony von Mandl joins the company of such highly regarded past presidents as Robert Mondavi, Wolf Blass, Miguel Torres, Jean Hugel, Marchese Leonardo de' Frescobaldi, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Marchese Piero Antinori and Warren Winiarski.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) was founded in 1969 and is the premier Competition of its kind on the international stage. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. 

All the wines, spirits and liqueurs are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary. Awards are made on a point system and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories. 

The Competition is unique in that all medal winners are subject to technical analysis before results are released. This technical analysis is carried out on all medal winning wines, spirits and liqueurs to ensure that all products are technically sound and will be of the same high quality when they reach the consumer as they were when our judging panels originally tasted them.

Anthony von Mandl

Born in Canada to European parents, von Mandl was raised on both sides of the Atlantic. He was schooled in Switzerland, Austria and Germany - immersed in a world of culture, art and music. Returning to Canada he studied and gained a degree in Economics at the University of British Columbia.

After University von Mandl apprenticed in the European wine trade, and at the age of 22 started the Mark Anthony Group. He assembled a portfolio of European and Californian wineries that had never before exported to the Canadian market. 

By 1981 von Mandl had become a resounding success as Canada's first acknowledged wine merchant, however he still had a dream to produce his own wines. Von Mandl put down roots in his native British Columbia, in the unknown Okanagan Valley region and purchased a near bankrupt winery, one of only four wineries in the valley at the time. 

In 1992 he persuaded New Zealand winemaker John Simes to relocate to the Okanagan, where he arrived just as the vintage was underway. In his first vintage the1992 Mission Hill Grand Reserve Chardonnay was awarded the Avery Trophy for the Best Chardonnay at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

The success of von Mandl's other business enterprises has enabled him to make unparalleled investments in the Okanagan, including the purchase of 22 prime vineyard estates, and culminating in the design and realization of a new winery, which has been extensively published internationally.

In addition to his business successes, von Mandl continues to play a considerable role as a philanthropist. He is widely recognized for his support of wine research and the Okanagan region. He is also a trustee of Copia, the American Centre for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa; on the advisory boards of the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Sauder School of Business; and a past International Board Member and the former Canadian Chairman of the Young President's Organization. 

In 2005 von Mandl was also awarded the highest Provincial distinction, the Order of British Columbia. The province noted that Anthony Von Mandl has dedicated his life to developing the wine industry in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Because of his perseverance, passion and dedication to excellence, B.C. now holds a firm position on the world stage of wine producers. In realizing his vision for the Mission Hill Family Estate winery, he has created a world-class winery destination, where he continues to work at raising the international awareness and stature of agri-tourism in B.C.

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