Bella Italia: Italy’s winemakers toast their success, after picking up 682 medals at the International Wine Challenge 2016
Italy proved itself as world-class wine producer at the 33rd International Wine Challenge picking up 28 Gold medals, 218 Silver medals and 436 Bronze medals. Following two weeks of intensive blind tasting by an international panel of wine experts in London last month, Italy finished third in the total medal count, after only France and Australia.
- Masters of red wine, 23 Gold medals went to reds, though white wines also performed well, with a further five Gold medals. Tuscany and Veneto were Italy’s most successful regions this year, securing seven and eight Gold medals respectively.
- Veneto led the charge at this year’s tastings, with eight Gold medal winners being produced in the area. The region’s stand-out producer was Cantina Di Soave, which took home a trio of Gold medals for its Rocca Alata Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, its Rocca Alata Valpolicella Ripasso 2014 and its Rocca Sveva Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2013. A further five Veneto producers were awarded a Gold medal each in an impressive result for the area; Cantina Valpolicella Negrar, Ettore Righetti, Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine, Corte San Benedetto and Pieropan Leonildo.
- Historic winemaking region Tuscany found success with six Gold medals and 33 Silvers. Six different producers in the region won Gold medals, including Cantina di Montalcino, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci and La Togata. Sensi Vigne e Vini stood out as a top producer for the region, securing one Gold medal for its Brunello di Montalcino “Orbitali” 2010, as well as three Silver medals for its Chianti Biologico “Campoluce” 2015, its Chianti Riserva “Dalcampo” 2013 and its Bolgheri “Sabbiato” 2013.
- Less well-known Italian wine regions also performed well at the competition. Three producers from the Campania region scored top marks including Azienda Agricola San Salvatore for its Omaggio a Gillo Dorfles 2012, Tenuta Cavalier Pepe for its “Opera Mia” Taurasi, 2010 and Terredora Di Paolo for its Taurasi Campore 2007.
- Winemakers from the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicilia also impressed the judges, collecting three Gold medals between them. Sicily led the charge with two of its producers being awarded a Gold medal; Feudo Ramaddini for its sweet white wine Al Hamen 2014, and Cantine Ermes Soc. Coop for its Tenute Orestiadi Nero d’Avola 2014, a lightly oaked red. Further success for the Italian islands came from Sardinian Società Agricola Siddura which collected a Gold medal for its Bàcco Isola dei Nuraghi Cagnulari 2014.
- Mezzacorona secured a single Gold medal for the Trentino Alto Adige region with its Mezzacorona Marzemino 2013.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Italy has had an outstanding year at the International Wine Challenge. Whilst the classical winemaking regions of Veneto and Tuscany are still coming up with world-class wines, this year’s results have put less well-known winemaking regions such as Trentino Alto Adige, Campania and Sicily on the map. We know there have been huge improvements in Italian wines. It’s brilliant to see them shining at the International Wine Challenge. We look forward to even greater wines in future years.”
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