Value Vino Victory: International Wine Challenge announces Great Value Champions of the Year
Bargain hunters will be racing down the wine aisle following the announcement of the 2016 International Wine Challenge Great Wine Champions today. All of the six Great Value Champions are available in high street shops, with five of the six winners available in supermarket ranges.
- In a record year of success, three of the Great Value Champions can be found on the shelves in Waitrose. Its trio of Champions include the Waitrose Champagne Brut NV named Great Value Champion Sparkling. This delicate floral and zesty bubbly is guaranteed to be popular with shoppers, not least because of its £18.99 price tag.
- In the battle of reasonable reds, Waitrose triumphed again with the Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011, which received the Great Value Champion Red prize. This rich red impressed the judging panel with its complex aromas of spice, black cherry and pepper. Available at Waitrose & Ocado for £13.50, this wine is the perfect choice when searching for a sophisticated red that won’t break the bank.
- Another winner from the Waitrose wine aisle is the Mirabeau Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015, which won Great Value Champion Rosé. This bright, fresh wine was a hit with the judges for its ripe, red cherry and raspberry flavours and delicate herb notes. Its price tag of £9.99 will ensure it is a hit with shoppers too.
- Those with a sweet tooth should head to Tesco, where they can find the Great Value Champion Sweet of 2016. Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009 picked up the prize for the second year running at the competition, and is available to buy for £6 per half-bottle. Produced by De Bortoli Wines for the supermarket, this sweet wine was praised for its rich, luxurious finish and enticing honey aromas.
- Sainbury’s scooped the Great Value Champion Fortified prize with its Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximénez NV (£8 for 50cl). It was this elegant sherry’s combination of burnt toffee, bitter treacle and dried fruit notes, combined with its £8 price, which clinched the prize for Sainsbury’s.
- White wine fans who love a bargain should head to Majestic and stock up on Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2015.This elegant New Zealand Sauvignon, named the Great Value Champion White, enthralled the judges with its perfectly balanced aromas of hawthorn and gooseberry, which belied its modest cost of £9.99.
- These six Champion Great Value wines were selected from the 17 Great Value Award winners, announced in May this year. To qualify for a Great Value wines must retail under specific price points; £15 for still and sweet wines, and £25 for sparkling. Wines must also win a Gold or Silver medal and be nationally available in supermarkets, independent retailers or online. Still wines must have at least 100,000 bottles available, while sparkling wines need 60,000 bottles and fortified and sweet wines must have 6,000 bottles in circulation.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“It’s brilliant to be able to buy all sorts of truly mouth-watering wines in the retailers and supermarkets on local high streets. These delicious Great Value Champions will be flying off the shelves when the news gets out. Our wine judges are the finest in the world, and they have blind-tasted thousands of wines entered into the competition. You can buy any of these Champion winners with complete confidence. It will be a world-class wine, as well as being fantastic value for money. You really can wow your friends and family without breaking the bank.”