Friday, 24. August 2012 - 12:00
The world’s best wines were once again selected at the twelfth MUNDUS VINI Great International Wine Awards. Over six days, 300 experienced wine experts from 46 countries around the world used their finely tuned noses and palates to scrupulously sample 6,019 wines in order to verify their internationally recognized qualities.
At the end of it all, they sifted out 1,875 winning wines from 37,288 evaluations made during the completely blind tastings. Those bottles awarded a MUNDUS VINI medal by such a strict, diverse international jury may rightly be counted among the best wines in the world.
This year, the MUNDUS VINI jury awarded the competition’s top prize, the Grand Gold medal, to 37 wines from eight different countries. France earned 16 Grand Golds, taking the lion’s share of the highest honours. All 16 awards went to champagnes, a neat doubling of last year’s results for the champagne houses, which also scooped another 57 gold medals.
But Germany’s producers also had every reason to celebrate. The Germans won five Grand Gold medals, 179 gold medals and 194 silver medals this year, an 11% increase in MUNDUS VINI medals for German wines compared to 2011. Winery Maximin Grünhaus Schlosskellerei C. von Schubert from Mertesdorf delivered an outstanding “repeat performance” with six gold medals, also earning the title Producer of the year 2012, Germany. (The company won the “Best dry white wine, Germany” category in 2011.)
Italy again submitted the highest number of entries, with a total of 1,257 wines, 383 of which went on to win medals. A few of Italy’s individual wines were real stand-outs in the special awards category for Europe, such as an Amarone from the Pietro Zardini winery, voted the Best dry red wine 2012, Europe. Or an Inzolia from the Feudo Arancio winery, Sicily, selected as Europe’s best dry white wine in grocery retail for under 7 euros.
Equally praised were the Spanish wines, which secured a huge haul of MUNDUS VINI awards, earning 326 medals. Two excellent Spanish sherries impressed the international experts enough to garner two Grand Golds, while 139 other Spanish wines earned gold medals. Portugal can also be just as pleased with the competition results. Its Enoport United Wines was named the Best producer in Europe 2012, landing a total of five gold and 10 silver medals.
And in overseas wines, the outstanding quality range from Apell Weine in Kassel (Germany) earned the Importer of the year, 2012 title. Australia proved to be one of the biggest winners at the MUNDUS VINI 2012 awards, with no fewer than 135 medals. However, the sharp increase in awards for Eastern European producers was a real surprise. Bulgaria and the Czech Republic fared better than ever before with 18 medals. Moreover, Croatia and Slovenia each earned 11 MUNDUS VINI awards and were very proud of the recognition bestowed upon the increasing quality of their wines.