The MUNDUS VINI Grand International Wine Award Spring Tasting has come to an end, with 38 Grand Gold, 731 Gold and 946 Silver medals awarded. A 150-strong international jury tasted and judged wines from almost 40 winegrowing countries over a period of three days. Sitting at the top of the medals tally is Spain with 408 awards, followed by Italy (377) and Germany (206). France and Portugal came next with 183 and 158 medals. Wines from New World countries such as Argentina and Australia, as well as from Eastern European winegrowing regions, also made a very good showing, winning a large number of awards in relation to submissions.
The highest number of Grand Gold medals went to German producers including Karl Schäfer, Reichsrat von Buhl and the Staatsweingut mit Johannitergut from the Palatinate, along with the Weingut Aufricht from Baden, the Winzerkeller Sommerach in Franken and the Nick Köwerich estate on the banks of the Mosel.
Over 40 special prizes were awarded including to German producers of the Best Pinot Gris (Winzergenossenschaft Oberbergen, Baden), Best Pinot Blanc (Weingut Juliusspital, Franken) and Best Dry Riesling (Weingut Fritz Allendorf, Rheingau).
The best Amarone, awarded Grand Gold, went to Cantina di Soave. Also awarded Grand Gold and a special award (Best Ribera del Duero) was the Protos Bodega Ribera del Duero de Penafiel. The best French White Wine, awarded Grand Gold, went to the Chateau Arrogant Frog Limoux Blanc from Languedoc-Roussillon.
A selection of the winning wines will be presented to a professional audience in the Tasting Zone of the world's largest wine fair, ProWein, in Düsseldorf (15 to 17 March, 2015); the Tast-ing Zone now covers an area of 700 square meters. This is where the special awards will be personally presented to the winners, on the first day of the fair.
MUNDUS VINI was founded 15 years ago by Meininger Verlag publishing house and has become one of the world's most significant wine competitions with a lineup of more than 8,000 wines. Since 2014 the international competition, which takes place according to the international tasting guidelines of the OIV, has been held twice a year in order to give freshly bottled wines, as well as wines from earlier vintages, a chance of winning an award.