International Wine Challenge discovers new world wine hotspots
Emerging wine regions demonstrate award winning potential at IWC 2014.
The International Wine Challenge has today announced its 2014 medal winners with wines from many emerging regions receiving top prizes.
- Currently sitting as one of the most in-vogue cultural hotspots, Croatia has also emerged as a top wine making destination. Five Croatian wines were awarded Gold medals by the world-renowned competition, compared to just a single Gold in 2013. The IWC also awarded eight Silver medals and 23 Bronze medals to Croatian wines, and Croatia doubled its total medal count from 19 in 2013 to 38 this year
- The Eastern Bloc fared well at this year’s competition. Bulgaria received its first-ever Gold medal, for the 2011 Merlot Stallion from Angelus Estate S.A, as well as five Silver medals and seven Bronze, increasing its medal count from three in 2013 to 13 this year
- Central and South American countries also performed well. Two Chardonnays from World Cup host Brazil received Silver medals in this year’s competition. Miolo Family Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay from the Miolo Wine Group and the Viapiana Expressões Chardonnay won Silvers. Ten other Brazilian wines were awarded Bronze medals
- Mexico earned its first Silver medal thanks to the Casa Grande Chardonnay 2013 from wine producer Vinicola San Lorenzo. Marqués de Villa de Leyva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from Viñedo ain Karim earned Colombia its first IWC Silver medal
- Nine Turkish wines won Silver medals, as well as 30 picking up Bronze medals. Greek vineyard Sigalas Gasparis received a Gold medal for its 2013 Sigalas Aidani. Seven other Greek wines also picked up IWC Silver medals
- Canada received five Gold medals for sweet ice wines, produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. Quintessential, a 2012 Bordeaux blend from Church & State Wines in British Columbia, also struck Gold at the competition
- Georgia received its first ever Gold medal at the competition, with its 2012 Marani Mukazani from JSC Telavi Wine Cellar. Two more Georgian wines were also awarded Silver medals
- Nine Bronze medals went to wines from Macedonia including six Gold medals for wines from Tikves Winery
- This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“Discovering great wines from emerging regions is one of the most exciting aspects of the International Wine Challenge. This year we have seen some truly stunning wines coming from all corners of the globe and these medal wins will catapult these lesser-known wine producers onto an international stage.”
“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: www.internationalwinechallenge.com