The sealed envelopes are in, and it's about time to reveal the winners at the seventh edition of MUNDUS VINI BIOFACH. The Grand International Organic Wine Award is hosted by MUNDUS VINI and BIOFACH trade fair, one of the world's leading organic trade fairs. Almost 500 certified organic wines were tasted at the Meininger publishing house in early December 2015, with the best 209 earning Silver, Gold and the coveted Grand Gold.
The panel of 50 jurors awarded the top commendation, the Grand Gold, just 11 times, with five going to German winemakers. Another 108 wines earned a Gold medal for their quality, and the international jury deemed a further 90 wines worthy of Silver.
The year 2016 was particularly successful for German organic winemakers, followed by their colleagues from Italy and Spain. Seventy-one of 128 organic wines from Germany earned a medal. With 32 awards in total, winemakers from the Pfalz growing region were well ahead of their closest national competitors from Franken and Rheinhessen (10 each). Four of the Grand Gold medals went to the Pfalz and one to Rheinhessen.
Outside Germany, two Grand Gold went to Italy, and one each to France, Spain and Australia. German winemakers led the medals chart with 71, trailed by Italy (56) and Spain (40).
The title ‘Organic Producer of the Year’ is awarded twice, once for the best range from Germany and once for international submissions. Both of last year's winners successfully defended their titles: Weingut Schwarztrauber from Neustadt-Mussbach (Pfalz) and Tuscany's Fattoria La Vialla once again submitted the best range (domestic and international) in the eyes of the international jury. With two Grand Gold and three Gold medals, Weingut Schwarztrauber just edged out Weingut Heiner Sauer, also from the Pfalz region, which earned two Grand Gold, two Gold and one Silver.
The official prize ceremony will be held as part of the BIOFACH fair in Nuremberg on 10 February 2016.