The Texas International Wine Competition (TXIWC) was founded by Bonnie Villacampa, an international wine judge and co-founder of Baron de Villacampa, a wine brand from the Rioja region in Spain. Ms. Villacampa has judged at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) in New York for more than 10 years. Last year, the FLIWC celebrated its 15th year and received over 3,000 wines entries from 22 countries, all 50 states in the US, and 6 provinces in Canada. The proceeds from FLIWC benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a charity organization providing camps for children with cancer.
In 2016 at FLIWC, Texas wines won a whopping 120 medals! A Texas wine, Los Pinos, took Best of Class in the Cabernet Sauvignon category. Only 7 wines received the Best of Class distinction. Inspired by the strong showing of Texas wines and the charitable work of the FLIWC, Ms. Villacampa aspired to bring an international wine competition to the Texas Hill Country, and the Texas International Wine Competition was born. The mission of the TXIWC is to bring attention to Texas as a prominent viticulture and wine-making region while raising money for charitable causes.
TXIWC would like to thank all the judges, volunteers, sponsors, and wineries that helped bring this vision to life. And a special thanks to the Kyle Rotary Club and to David Male, Peter Parts, Ron Dougherty, and all of the people of the FLIWC for inspiring this event and for the feedback, guidance, and assistance they have provided, and continue to provide, to the TXIWC.