In this new edition of Vinalies Internationales, organized by the Œnologues de France with the backing of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), the International Union of Oenologists (UIE) and the International Federation of Wine Contests (VINOFED), participated 3363 wines from 44 countries, judged by 134 jurors representing 34 producing and consuming countries.
Within this universe of samples where 44% were of French origin, this year Uruguay received four medals. What is remarkable is that three of them went to emerging wineries, this is to say, they have no tradition of participation in international competitions and are finding their way into the local market through hard work, talent and quality.
The awards were:
Gran Tannat Premium 2006 - Montes Toscanini
Tannat Viejo 2008 - Vinos Finos H. Stagnari
Blend Premium Tannat-Carménère 2011 - Bertolini & Broglio Bodega Boutique
Unum Alta Reserva Tannat-Cabernet 2011 - Bodega J. Chiappella
Uruguayan wines awarded in 2011
INAVI, as promoter of the participation of wines in the world's most prestigious international competitions, keeps two bottles of each wine submitted to contest. One of them is analyzed in the laboratory and used to prepare the final report accompanying the entry of each wine, the other is a witness sample. Should these samples be winning gold or silver, they will be sent to Paris and join the international cellar at OIV. They are accompanied by photographs and information on the wines.
Over the past year, Uruguayan wines obtained 22 major awards in Canada, France, Chile, Argentina, Hungary and Switzerland. The winning wines in these contests are already in the wine cellar of the OIV in Paris.
See complete list of winners in 2011 here »