Spain and Moldova collect awards for the best white and red wine in the competition. The top organic wine comes from Switzerland.
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is delighted to share the results of its 2022 Red and White Wine Session. From May 19-21, the world’s most prestigious competition gathered experts from across the international wine industry to taste over 7,300 entries from nearly 40 countries worldwide.
Among the winners are wines from six continents, including all the established wine producing countries around the globe but also exceptional locations like China, Peru and even Kazakhstan.
The white wine with the highest score in this year’s competition is the Mar de Frades Finca Valiñas 2017 – an Albariño from Rias Baixas, Spain. Тhe best red wine comes from Moldova – the Fautor Negre 2017 is a blend of the native varieties Feteasca Neagra and Rara Neagra.
France collected the highest number of medals (445) mostly for wines from Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon. Spain is second in the ranking with 433 medals predominantly for entries from Castilla y Leon and Rioja. The host country Italy is third with 351 medals. Italy’s most awarded regions are Sicily, Tuscany and Puglia. Portugal ranks fourth with 296 medals, followed by China with 141.
Bordeaux, Castilla y Leon and Rioja are the regions which collected the most awards for red wines. The leading regions in the white wine category are Moravia, Castilla y Leon and Languedoc-Roussillon.
The Cave Boléro Cornalin 2018 from Switzerland obtained the highest score in the organic wine category. The most medals for organic wines were awarded to wines from China.
With 17 accolades, Spain is the country with the greatest number of grand gold medals, nearly half of them for wines from Rioja.
In Eastern Europe, Moldova leads the way with 53 accolades, followed by the Czech Republic (43), Bulgaria (38) and Romania (36). A total of 12 Eastern European countries were awarded medals at this year’s competition, confirming the ever-increasing quality of wines from this part of the world. In fact, a quarter of the white wine awards in this year’s edition were granted to entries from Eastern Europe.
In terms of price, grand gold medals were awarded on average to wines in the 12.5 – 35 euro ex-cellar price bracket. Gold medallists were typically priced between 5 and 12.5 euros. An in-house study by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles shows that a medal from the competition could boost sales by up to 30 %.
All wines were tasted by the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles’ carefully curated panels of industry experts representing 45 nationalities. The rigorous evaluation process is based on a model designed by OIV and the International Oenologist Union. A medal is granted to less than 30% of the entered wines.
The next White and Red Session of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will take place from May 12-14, 2023 in Istria, Croatia, where the competition will celebrate its 30th edition.