Italy struck gold at the MUNDUS VINI spring tasting this year, with Italian producers taking home a swag of 658 medals, including 4 Great Gold, 321 Gold and 333 Silver).
Spain followed with 631 awards (9 Grand Gold, 344 Gold and 278 Silver), while third place went to France with 325 medals. Portugal was next in line with 286 medals, and then came Germany with 239 awards.
Overall, it was clear that quality is rising across the board.
“The Spring tasting is a good indicator of the quality of the wines now on the market,” said Christian Wolf, the tasting director. “We can see from the pure numbers as well as the feedback from our tasters that the quality level has risen quite a bit this year. We once again noticed positively the wines from Eastern Europe with the frontrunner Moldova.”
He said while the classic wine countries are still ahead in terms of overall technical excellence, the emerging countries are on track to play a big role in the world of wine in future.
MUNDUS VINI, founded 19 years ago, is one of the world’s biggest wine competitions. In recent years it has grown so big that it’s been split into two tastings, the spring and summer editions. For the recent spring edition, 268 wine experts from 54 countries traveled to Germany to spend six days tasting and rating around 7,500 wines from 45 countries.
The wines are evaluated using a modified form of the 100-point scheme created by the International Organisation for Vine and Wine (OIV). Only the top 40% of wines entered into the competition can win a medal.
Around 650 winning wines from the MUNDUS VINI spring tasting will be presented to the trade at ProWein in Düsseldorf from March 15-17, 2020. An award ceremony will be held on the first day of ProWein, to honour the wine producers whose wines won a special prize.
MUNDUS VINI is organised by Meininger Verlag, the publisher of Meininger’s Wine Business International.