With the Berlin Wine Trophy, one of the most important wine competitions in Europe takes place twice a year in the German capital. Perhaps you yourself have already spotted the gold or silver medals on the wine label. The meaning is quite simple: there is award-winning wine in here.
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The biggest and most important wine award from Germany: the Berlin Wine Trophy
The Berlin Wine Trophy is awarded twice a year by DMW (Deutsche Wein Marketing) as part of the Berlin Wine Fair and is held under the auspices of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). Advantageous for winemakers and wineries: dates for the event are set so that they fall between harvest and high-sales months. A total of around 14,000 wines, 7,000 per event, are tasted and evaluated every year. The wines are tasted blind and under the supervision of a notary. Only 30% of the wines ultimately receive the honor of winning a medal. The medal scheme consists of gold and silver. In addition, the Berlin Wine Trophy winners award the best wines with the Grand Gold.
In addition to the medals of the summer and winter competitions, a special prize is also awarded. Here there are numerous categories in which only the very best producers, merchants and wines receive the coveted award.
The Berlin Wine Trophy schedule
Months before the Berlin Wine Trophy starts, winemakers and wineries register their wines. Participation is limited to 7,000. In this way, OIV wants to maintain the quality approach. Also, the 30% rule is to ensure that the medals are a tribute and not distributed inflationary.
Prior to the tasting, the competition staff receives wines from participating producers on a daily basis. After the wine is inspected and identified, each bottle is assigned a unique code so that there is no confusion later in the tasting.
Since the wines often arrive long before the actual event, they must be stored properly. There is a separate storage room for each type of wine, which is suitably air-conditioned. The wines are stored in an upright position. Possible sediments thus sink to the bottom of the bottle.
All wines are professionally photographed. These photographs are made available to the wineries free of charge. One added value among many for the participants of the Berlin Wine Trophy. Because DMW supports the prize winners with a lavish online and offline marketing concept. In addition to the prestigious award, this is another reason for wineries to enter their wines in the competition.
Shortly before the tasting days, the team, with the support of patrons OIV, UIEO and VINEOFED, packs similar wines into so-called flights. This is to make conditions fair for everyone, as the 400 or so jurors will not be confused with different varieties, for example.
Now it is up to the jury, consisting of sommeliers, oenologists, merchants, journalists and winemakers, to taste the wines over several days. Based on the patrons' guidelines, the participating wines will be evaluated by blind tasting using a 100-point system. The categories of the Berlin Wine Trophy then include red wine, white wine, rosé wine, Vinho Verde, sparkling wine, sweet wine and more. By the way, the individual tasters have no idea whether the wine in front of them will win a medal. They can only give their own evaluation. Ultimately, it is up to the totality of the tasting notes which wines receive a medal.
Berlin Wine Trophy medals
Winners of the Berlin Wine Trophy are awarded medals. The medals differ according to the number of points required and thus the quality of the wine.
Silver medal: 82 to 84 points
Gold medal: 85 to 91 points
Grand Gold Medal: 92 to 100 points
Special prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Best wine (the highest score in its category (red wine, white wine, rosé, Italy, Portugal, etc.)
Best producer still wine with at least 3 gold medals
Best producer sparkling wine with at least 3 gold medals
Best wine cooperative with at least 5 gold medals
Best importer of a country with at least 6 gold medals from 3 different producers
Best importer Berlin Wine Trophy with at least 12 gold medals from 8 producers from at least 6 different nations
Best Wine Merchant of a country with at least 6 gold medals from 3 different producers
Best Wine Merchant International with at least 12 gold medals from at least 8 producers from at least 6 different nations
Best Wine Retailer Online with at least 12 gold medals from at least 8 producers from at least 6 different nations
Best Discounter with at least 12 gold medals from at least 8 producers from at least 6 different nations
Wines awarded by the Berlin Wine Trophy at VINELLO
In our wine shop you will find a wide variety of wines that have been awarded by the jurors of the Berlin Wine Trophy. Whether red wine, rosé, white wine or sparkling wine. For every taste you will find an excellent wine with the gold or silver medals. Take a look around and enjoy award-winning wines. Simply order now and soon find the winners of the Berlin Wine Trophy in your glass - uncomplicated and speedy with the VINELLO wine trade.
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