Twenty-four silver medals and twelve golden medals was Argentina’s result in the last edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The leading contest awarded the following wineries: Belasco de Baquedano, Trapiche, Budeguer, El Esteco, Dante Robino, Bodega Del Desierto, Bordina, Domaine Bousquet, Finca Flichman, Ruca Malen, Bodega Raffy, Codorniú and Viña Morandé.
A total of 8,397 wines and spirits from 52 producing countries competed in Guimarães (Portugal) from May 4 to May 6 before a hand-picked selection of some of the world’s foremost tasters. Sommeliers, wine buyers, importers, journalists and wine writers – in all 320 wines and spirits tasters representing 40 nationalities – gathered for 3 days to asses this year’s entries.
For the purpose of providing consumers with a reliable buying cue, a total 2,435 medals were awarded this year and preliminary results indicate that France retains its leadership position with 670 medals, followed by Spain (461 medals), Portugal (297 medals), Italy (257), Chile (160), South Africa (98), Switzerland (65) and Australia (57). Portugal – this year’s host country – made significant strides in 2012 both in terms of volume and quality of entries (925 entries, up 44 %).
As is customary, less than 1 percent of the 8,397 entries were awarded a Grand Gold Medal. As usual, Spain leads the way in this prestigious category with 21 of the highly coveted medals (followed by France with 15 medals and Italy and Portugal, joint third with 10).
Entries achieving the highest scores in their category, five wines and one spirit, are awarded the ‘Best Wine Trophy’:
Best Sparkling: Joly-Champagne Cuvée Spéciale (Champagne – France)
Best White: Hacienda Zorita Verdejo 2011 (Rueda – Spain)
Best Rosé: Theopetra Estate Rosé 2011 (Meteora – Greece)
Best Red: Poliphonia Signature 2008 (Vinho Regional / Alentejo – Portugal)
Best Sweet: Samos Nectar White 2008 (Samos – Greece)
Best Spirit: La Botija Pisco Italia 2011 (Chincha – Peru)