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Felicitazioni! Another successful year for Italian wine at International Wine Challenge 2018

Under embargo until 11am – 10/05/18

Italian wine producers demonstrated star quality at the International Wine Challenge 2018, which announces its results today.

Italy put in a strong performance with its classic regions and grapes. In total, Italy picked up 717 medals, a fantastic increase on last year’s 646. This year Italy was awarded a total of 32 Golds, 268 Silvers and 417 Bronze

32 Gold medals from 32 different producers
Overall the depth of talent in Italian winemaking was shown by each of the 32 Gold medal winners coming from 32 different producers. The depth of talent in Italian winemaking was shown with broad success across a number of regions including seven Golds apiece for the familiar powerhouses of Tuscany, Piedmont and the Veneto. A red from the latter, Zonin Amarone della Valpolicella 2014 achieved Italy’s highest score this year of 97.

Still Sparkling
Repeating its 2017 success, Italy picked up six Gold medals for sparkling wines. Two of these Gold medals went to Proseccos. Of these Bisol Vitivinicoltori in Valdobbiadene dal 1542 scored an impressive 96 for its Cartizze 2017 and Cantina Colli Del Soligo’s Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Rive di Soligo Dry 2017 scored 95.

Further Gold medals were awarded to sparkling Italian wines including a red Lambrusco, namely Cantine Ceci, Otello Oro 1813 Nero di Lambrusco as well as a Franciacorta: Villa Franciacorta, Cuvette Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 2010.

Triumph for Tuscany
Tuscany is possibly the epitome of Italy’s wine country, boasting some of its most famous appellations from Brunello di Montalcino to Chianti Classico. This year Tuscany cemented its reputation for producing excellent red wines with six of the region’s reds winning six Gold medals. Of these, it was La Togata, Brunello Di Montalcino La Togata Dei Togati 2013 which judges rated most highly – scoring 96 out of 100 points.

Tuscany also provided one Gold medal for sweet wine: Tenuta di Capezzana’s Vinsanto Riserva 2010 scored 95 points.

Italian whites
In total Italian white wines won nine Gold medals and these came from eight different grape varieties, showing the huge diversity in the country. Some of the less well-known grapes to win Gold included Pecorino used by Velenosi Vini in its Reve Offida Pecorino 2016 and Albana in Tenuta Santa Lucia’s Albarara Selezione Artigianale 2016.

Italian reds
Fifteen reds struck Gold for Italy at this year’s IWC –six from Tuscany, five from Veneto, three from Piedmont – and one stand-out example from Puglia: Apollonio Casa Vinicola, Divoto Riserva 2008.
Fortified wines
Marsala is most commonly produced in the western part of Sicily around the city of Marsala using indigenous grape varieties such as Cataratto and Grillo. Flying the flag for Sicily this year was Baglio Curatolo Arini 1875, Marsala Riserva Storica Vito Curatolo Arini 1995 – which won a Gold medal.

Two Moscatos also achieved Gold medals: Santero F.Lli, Moscato Spumante Villa Jolanda Carved NV and Tosti, Moscato d’Asti 2017.

Peter McCombie MW, Co-Chair of the IWC commented:
“Once again Italy has put in a really strong performance. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest strengths of Italian wine is its sheer breadth and diversity. From complex, full-bodied reds and lighter, fruiter whites as well as top-notch sparkling– with Italy there’s a wine for everyone, and for every occasion, too.”

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