Friday, 30. August 2013 - 12:00

The international wine sector's top performers at the Great International Wine Awards

For the thirteenth time, over the course of two weekends at the end of August and beginning of September, over 6,000 wines were tested, judged and given awards in Neustadt an der Weinstraße by an international panel of almost 250 wine experts from 45 different countries. 
Only 30 out of the 6,212 wines entered from 44 countries were given the coveted Grand Gold MUNDUS VINI 2013 award. Most of these were from Italy, with their producers managing to pocket nine Grand Gold medals, closely followed by the French Champagne houses, who managed to garner seven Grand Gold medals this year. Germany won the highest award five times, Portugal did almost as well with four Grand Gold medals, and Spain received three. Austria and New Zealand won one Grand Gold medal each for international excellence.
The Champagne house P. & C. Heidsieck displayed an outstanding overall performance with 100% of its entries receiving awards, earning it the "Producer of the Year 2013" special award.
Overall, the German winemakers were most favoured by the international jury, winning 548 medals (241 Gold and 302 Silver). The Spanish winemakers were not far behind with 526 medals (210 Gold and 313 Silver). With just over 1,100 entries each, these countries achieved a higher success rate (Germany with 49% and Spain with 47%) than the global average, with 40% of all entries receiving an award. Italy, winner of the most Grand Gold medals, won 193 Gold medals and 301 Silver medals.
A significant change to the tasting process was the display of the grape variety next to the year. "With this, we wanted to do the products even better justice within their individual variety than before." explains Micheal Hornickel, Member of the Board of MUNDUS VINI. "We wanted to harness the skills of our international tasters in order to continuously optimise the process." The benefits of this innovation were especially felt by countries such as Argentina and New Zealand, whose success rates rose significantly between 2012 and 2013. Interesting newcomers at MUNDUS VINI are from Belgium, England and China and were awarded Silver medals this year.

Best of MUNDUS VINI 2013

Special Awards 2013

Producer of the year 2013
P. & C. Heidsieck
Direct seller of the year 2013
Hawesko GmbH
Importer of the year 2013
Schlumberger Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG


Best White Wine Argentina
Argentina Cuyo
2012 Opi-Chardonnay
Bodegas Santa Ana
Best Red Wine Argentina
Argentina Noroeste
2010 Altimus
El Esteco


Best Red Wine
Australia South Australia Casella 1919 Shiraz 2007
Casella Wines
Best White Wine Australia
Australia South Eastern Australia
2011 Rosemount Diamond Label Chardonnay Crisp
Schlumberger Vertriebs-gesellschaft mbH & CO KG


Best White Wine Bulgaria
Bulgaria Donauebene
Iris 2012
Burgozone OOD
Best Red Wine Bulgaria
Bulgaria Oberthrakische Tiefebene
Villa Yustina Monogram Mavrud & Rubin 2009
Domaine Yustina Ltd


Best Red Wine Chile
Chile Valle Central
2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere
Viña Carmen S.A.
Best White Wine Chile
Chile Valle Central
2013 Aromo Viognier
Henriquez Hermanos Ltd. (Vina El Aromo)


Best Noblesweet Wine Germany
Germany Baden
2011 Vulkanfelsen Ruländer Beerenauslese
WG Königschaffhausen-Kiechlinsbergen eG
Best Sweet White Wine Germany
Germany Baden
2012 Collection Oberkirch Riesling Auslese
Oberkircher Winzer eG
Best Red wine Baden/Best Red wine Germany
Germany Baden
2011 Sasbacher Rote Halde Spätburgunder Rotwein Auslese trocken - Barriqueausbau
Winzergenossenschaft Sasbach am Kaiserstuhl eG
Best Sparkling Wine Germany
Germany Baden
2010 Durbacher Plauelrain 
Riesling Sekt brut, klassische Flaschengärung
Durbacher Winzergenossenschaft eG
Best White Wine Baden
Germany Baden
2012 Durbacher Bienengarten Klingelberger 1782 trocken
Weingut Andreas Männle
Best White Wine Franken
Germany Franken
2012 Iphöfer Kronsberg Riesling Erste Lage trocken
Weingut Juliusspital
Best Semidry White Wine Mosel
Germany Mosel
2012 Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling trocken
Weingut Maximin Grünhaus - Schlosskellerei C. von Schubert
Best Dry White Wine Mosel
Germany Mosel
2012 Sankt Urban Riesling trocken Mosel
Hawesko GmbH
Best Grauburgunder Pfalz
Germany Pfalz
2012 Grauer Burgunder trocken Villa Tabernus
MEJS - Die Weinspezialisten GmbH & Co. KG
Best Sparkling Wine/Carbonated Wine Germany
Germany Pfalz
Rheinperle trocken 2012
Rheinperle GbR
Best Sweet Riesling Pfalz
Germany Pfalz
2012 Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Spätlese
Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl GmbH
Best Red Wine Pfalz
Germany Pfalz
2011 Wilhelm Spätburgunder Spätlese trocken Siebeldingen Im Sonnenschein
Wein- und Sektgut Wilhelmshof
Best Dry Riesling Pfalz/Best Dry White Wine Germany
Germany Pfalz
2012 Forster Pechstein Riesling Spätlese trocken
Weingut Lucashof
Best White Wine Rheinhessen
Germany Rheinhessen
2012 Grauburgunder Spätlese trocken
Weingut Georg Jung
Best semidry White Wine Germany
Germany Sachsen
2012 Scheurebe Kabinett
Sächsisches Staatsweingut GmbH Schloss Wackerbarth
Best Red Wine Württemberg
Germany Württemberg
2011 Untertürkheimer Mönchberg Lemberger Großes Gewächs trocken
Weingut Herzog von Württemberg
Best White Wine Württemberg
Germany Württemberg
2012 Justinus K trocken
Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim e. G.


Best Red Wine Bordeaux
France Bordeaux Château Coutet 2010 Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Château Coutet
Best White Wine France
France Bordeaux
2012 Château Lestrille Entre Deux Mers
EARL Jaen-Louis Roumage
Best Champagne
France Champagne
2002 Orpale Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay
Champagne de Saint Gall
Best Red Wine South France
France Languedoc-Roussillon
2010 Chateau Rouquette Sur Mer Cuvée Clos De La Tour
Château Rouquette-sur-Mer
Best Red Wine Rhône/Best Red Wine France
France Rhône
2009 Hermitage AOP Gambert de Loche Cave de Tain
Bernard-Massard Sektkellerei GmbH


Best Red Wine Greece
Greece Peloponnes
2007 Domain Mega Spileo Cabernet Sauvignon
Cavino Winery & Distillery SA
Best White Wine Greece
The Tear Of The Pine Retsina
S. Kechri & Costelios Kechris Winery


Best Red Wine Puglia
Italy Puglia
2008 Carato Venusio
Cantina Di Venosa
Best Red Wine Friuli
Italien Friuli
Alturio Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso 2007
Casa Vinicola Zonin SPA O In Forma Abbreviata Ci Vi Zeta
Best White Wine Friuli
Italien Friuli
2009 Klin Primosic DOC Collio Vino Bianco
Primosic s.r.l.
Best Barolo
Italy Piemont
Barolo DOCG 2008
Palazzo Rosso
Best Red Wine Sicily
Italy Sicily
2011 Adènzia Rosso IGP Sicilia
Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
Best White Wine Sicily
Italy Sicily
Baglio Gibellina Orgoglio Bianco Zibibbo 2012
Baglio Gibellina Srl
Best White Wine Italy
Italy Südtirol
2012 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer DOC Nussbaumer
Kellerei Tramin
Best Brunello
Italy Toscana
2007 Vigneto Manachiara DOCG Brunello di Montalcino
Tenute Silvio Nardi
Best Chianti/ Best Red Wine Italy
Italy Toscana
2008 Berardo Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Best Noblesweet Wine International
Italy Trentino
2000 Arèle Vino Santo Trentino DOC
Cait Cantina Viticoltori Consorzio Cantine Sociali del Trento
Best Red Wine Trentino
Italy Trentino
2011 Castel Firmian Lagrein
Nosio SPA Gruppo Mezzacorona
Best White Wine Trentino
Italy Trentino
2012 Castel Firmian DOC Trentino Pinot Grigio
Nosio SPA Gruppo Mezzacorona
Best Amarone
Italy Veneto
2005 Bosan Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC
Gerardo Cesari SpA
Best Prosecco
Italy Veneto
"Más de Fer" Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Spumante Extra Dry 2012
Azienda Agricola Andreola di Pola Stefano
Best Red Wine Veneto
Italien Veneto Valpolicella Ripasso Bertani 2011
CAV G.B. Bertani SRL


Best Crémant
Luxembourg Moselle-Luxembourg
Mathes Prestige Brut
Domaine Mathes
Best White Weine Luxembourg
Luxembourg Moselle-Luxembourg
2012 Riesling Wintrange Felsberg Vieilles Vignes Domaine et Tradition

New Zealand

Best Red Wine New Zealand
New Zealand Marlborough
2012 Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Noir
Bernard-Massard Sektkellerei GmbH
Best White Wine New Zealand
New Zealand Marlborough
Sileni Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Sileni Estates


Best Blaufränkisch Austria
Austria Burgenland
2011 Exzellenz Blaufränkisch Qualitätswein Burgenland trocken rot
Winzer Domaine Pöttelsdorf GmbH
Best Ice Wine International
Austria Burgenland
Leo Hillinger Eiswein Traminer 2012 Burgenland
Leo Hillinger GmbH
Best Grüner Veltliner Austria
Austria Niederösterreich Edition Chremisa Grüner Veltliner 2012
Winzer Krems eG
Best Zweigelt Austria/Best Red Wine Austria
Austria Niederösterreich Zweigelt Holzgasse 2011
Weingut-Heuriger Eder
Best dry White Wine Austria
Austria Steiermark
2011 Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc "Grosse STK Lage" Qualitätswein trocken weiß
Weingut Tement


Best Red Wine Douro
Portugal Douro
2010 Casa Ferrerinha Quinta Da Leda
Reidemeister & Ulrichs, Domaines & Châteaux
Best White Wine Portugal
Portugal Lisboa
2012 Quinta do Boicão DOC Bucelas Reserva weiß
Enoport Exportação de Bebidas
Best Red Wine Portugal
Portugal Peninsula de Setúbal Serra Mae 2009
Sivipa, Soc. Vinicola de Palmela, SA
Best Port Wine
Portugal Porto
Vista Alegre Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2007 - Unfiltered
Vallegre, Vinhos do Porto S.A.


Best Red Wine Romania
Romania Muntenien and Oltenien/Walachei
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Origini
Budureasca SRL
Best White Wine Romania
Epicentrum Aligote & Muscat Ottonel IG Sec 2012
Mera Com International SRL


Best Red Wine Suisse
Suisse Bern
2011 Pinot Noir Réserve AOC Lac de Bienne
Best White Wine Suisse
Suisse Bern
2012 Chardonnay AOC Bielersee Johanniterkeller Twann


Best Sherry
Spain Andalusia
Cream Osborne
Bodegas Osborne S.A.
Best Red Wine Aragon
Spain Aragon
Fagus 2010
Bodegas Aragonesas S.A.
Best Red Wine La Mancha
Spain Castilla La Mancha
2009 Vallegarcia Hipperia Vino de la Tierra Castilla
Pago de Vallegarcia
Best White Wine Galicia
Spain Galicia
Pazo Señorans Selección de Añada 2006
Spanish Fine Wines, SL
Best Red Wine Ribera del Duero
Spain Castile and Leon
2009 Carmelo Rodero TSM DO Ribera del Duero trocken vinho tinto
Bodegas Rodero SL
Best Red Wine Toro
Spain Castile and Leon
Pago del Oro Crianza 2010
Spanish Fine Wines, SL
Best White Sparkling Wine International
Spain Castile and Leon Peñascal Frizzante Blanco 2012
Hijos de Antonio Barcelo
Best White Wine Spain
Spain Castile and Leon
Castelo de Medina Verdejo Vendimia Seleccionada 2012
Bodegas Castelo de Medina SA
Best Cava
Spain Catalonia
Cava Gran Claustro 2008
Perelada Comercial, S.A.
Best Red Wine Catalonia/Best Red Wine Spain
Spain Catalonia
2009 Grans Muralles
Miguel Torres SA
Best Red Wine Murcia
Spain Murcia
2009 La Maquina Monastrell
Daniel Alba Bodegas SL
Best Red Wine Navarra
Spain Navarra
2009 Pago de Cirsus Excelencia Selección de Familia
Spanish Fine Wines, SL
Best Red Wine Rioja
Spain Rioja
2008 Altos de Corral Barrel Fermented
Bodegas Corral SA

South Africa

Best Red Wine South Africa
South Africa Breed River Valley 2010 Bergsig Icarus
Bergsig Estate
Best White Wine South Africa
South Africa Coastal Region KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 WO Darling

Czech Republic

Best White Wine Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Morava/Südmähren 2011 Tramin Cervený, Bio
Vinarstvi u Dvou Lip


Best White Wine Turkey
2012 Cotes d'Avanos Narince & Chardonnay
Kavaklidere Saraplari AS


Best White Wine Hungary
Hungary Duna (Alföld) Szentpéteri Borpince - Rajnai rizling késöi szüret 2012
Magyar Szl- és Borkultúra Nonprofit Kft.


Best Red Wine United States of Amerika
United States of America California
Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
Kendall Jackson Wine Estate LTD

Award-winning wines

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Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim eG, Hessigheim
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Weingut Hirth, Obersulm-Willsbach
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Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim eG, Hessigheim
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Accolade Wines SA (Pty) Ltd, Stellenbosch (Südafrika)
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Weingut Hirth, Obersulm-Willsbach
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Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim eG, Hessigheim