Grenaches du Monde
16 Feb 2017
Spanish Wines Dominate International Competition
The fifth edition of the Grenaches du Monde international Garnacha wine competition took place from February 9-11th in Sardinia, with Spanish wines playing a starring role.
Author: Adrienne Smith/@ICEX
Grenaches du Monde or Garnachas del Mundo is a prestigious, annual international wine competition that is open to all different types of wines made with Garnacha grapes (also known as Grenache, Garnatxa and Cannonau).
The previous edition of this rotating competition was held in Zaragoza, Spain, with the collaboration of Denomination of Origin Campo de Borja, which is one of the main centers of Garnacha wine production in Spain.
This time around, the event was sponsored by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, which welcomed more than 100 wine professionals from the following fifteen different countries to sit on the jury: England, Australia, Korea, Belgium, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Japan, Lithuania and Slovenia.
Nearly 700 wines from eight different countries were tasted over the course of this three-day event (up 19% from the previous year), with Spanish wines representing nearly half of the total. In all, 322 wines were from Spain, 204 were from Italy and 149 were from France, while the rest hailed from Macedonia, Australia, Greece and, for the first time, Lebanon. More than fifty Spanish wines received the top "gold medal" recognition, while dozens more Spanish wines took home "silver" and "bronze" awards.
The next edition of Grenaches du Monde will be held in Terra Alta (Catalonia), another Spanish region known for its excellent Garnacha wines.