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International Wine Challenge

Vintage year for Portugal at the International Wine Challenge, as it picks up 55 Gold medals and beats Spain in the medal chart

Portuguese wines awarded total of 603 medals at 31st International Wine Challenge 

Portuguese wines showed their star quality at this year’s International Wine Challenge, with 55 wines being awarded a much-coveted Gold medal, five more than neighbouring Spain. With only France and Australia receiving more Gold medals at this year’s competition, the result is a hugely impressive feat for Portugal.

  • 1934 Justino Madeira strikes Gold
  • 17 Portuguese red wines pick up top prize
  • The world-renowned wine competition also awarded 204 Portuguese wines with a Silver medal, and  344 wines picked up a very respectable Bronze medal, to bring the total medal count to 603
  • Traditionally famed for its fortified wines, Gold medals were awarded to wines from seven different Portuguese appellations, including Alentejo, Dão, Douro, Madeira, Port and Vinho Verde DOCs, and Alentejano Vinho Regional
  • Madeira wowed the judges, with ten receiving Gold medals. Vinhos Barbeito won five Golds, and Justino’s Madeira Wines was awarded four, including top prizes for its 1934 Madeira Boal and its 1934 Madeira Verdelho – the oldest vintage wines to win Gold at the competition this year
  • Young Port wine also performed well with eight examples of 2011 vintage winning Gold, including Cockburn Vintage Port and the Sandeman Porto Vintage from Sogrape
  • A total of seventeen Portuguese reds were awarded an IWC Gold medal, 13 from the 2011 vintage. Winemaker Jorge Nobre Moreira received two Gold medals for his Pó de Poeira 2011 and Poeira 2011
  • 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:

 “Portugal has performed really well at this year’s competition, particularly impressive for a country of its size. It has always been a world leader in creating fortified wines, and we have come to expect excellence from its Madeiras and Ports, but the calibre of the 2011 unfortified Portuguese reds has also been phenomenal this year. Winning a Gold medal will catapult these wines to an international audience and will have a huge impact on the winning vineyards.”

Charles continued:

“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:

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