The best wines of the year have already been chosen, a revelation that took place on May 6, in Santarém, at the Awards Ceremony of the 9th edition of the Wines of Portugal Competition, an initiative organized by ViniPortugal. Among the more than 1,450 wines enrolled, the jury chose 442 winners, among which 36 medals are in the category of Grand Gold, 107 Gold and 291 Silver.
With a demanding evaluation carried out by 109 national and international specialists, who tasted the candidate wines in technical sessions over three days, and subsequently by the Grand Jury in two-day meetings, the most awarded region of this 9th edition was the Douro, which won 14 medals, followed by the Alentejo and Tejo regions, with 7 and 4 medals, respectively. It is also worth mentioning the Best of the Year, which distinguish the best among the Grand Gold, being them:
Best Wine of the Year - Casa de Santar Vinha dos Amores Encruzado, 2017, Global Wines
Best Fortified Wine of the Year - Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setúbal Superior 20 Anos, 2000, Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal
The Best of the Year Red Varietal - Quinta da Fonte Souto Alfrocheiro, 2019, Quinta da Fonte do Souto
Best of the Year White Varietal - Casa de Santar Vinha dos Amores Encruzado, 2017 Global Wines
Best of the Year Red Wine (Blend) - Falcoaria Grande Reserva, 2018, Casal Branco
Best of the Year White Wine (Blend) - Falcoaria Colheita Tardia, 2016 Casal Branco
Best of the Year White Wine (Blend) - QUINTA DA REDE VINHA DO PINHEIRO, 2018, Quinta da Rede
Best of the Year Sparkling Wine - MARQUÊS DE MARIALVA Cuvée Primitivo Brut Nature, 2014, Adega Coop de Cantanhede
The full list of award winners is available on the Wines of Portugal Challenge website at: https://concursovinhosdeportugal.pt/
"The Wines of Portugal Contest surpasses, every year, the record of registrations, a fact that makes us very proud because it proves the credibility of the initiative and its reputation. Our intention is to reward Portuguese wines through an impartial contest that, at the same time, benefits the consumer by presenting them with relevant factors of differentiation at the time of purchase. Quality, innovation and diversity are the crucial elements that define the best wines and it was with satisfaction that we saw in this 9th edition the difficulty of the Grand Jury in electing them, being this a very clear sign of the excellence of our wines and the work developed by national producers", said Frederico Falcão, President of ViniPortugal.
The wines awarded the Grand Gold and Gold medals in the Wines of Portugal Challenge will have a guaranteed presence in international events of excellence to be held later this year, proof of how the Wines of Portugal Challenge represents a form of international promotion for Portuguese producers.
This edition had a Regular Jury made up of 86 national and 23 international jurors from the sector, including oenologists, sommeliers, journalists, wine educators and others. Among the international jurors were Amelia Singer, from the United Kingdom; Araik Manukyan and Kateryna Yushchenko from Ukraine; Henrik Dahl Jahsen from Norway; Maurício Roloff and Eduardo Milan from Brazil; Fredrik Akerman from Sweden; Georgina Estrada from Mexico, Scott Zebarth from Canada and Julia Coney and Randall Bertão from the United States of America.
The Wines of Portugal Competition is one of the sector's reference events, which recognizes the quality of national wines and promotes experiences and synergies between producers, national and international specialists during one week. In parallel, it reaffirms the position of excellence of the national production in the export markets.
12 May 22
Portuguese wine producers will participate in the 26th edition of ProWein 2022 in Germany on May 15-17 in Düsseldorf, an event postponed successively for two years due to the pandemic. This is a presence promoted by ViniPortugal through its brand for international markets, Wines of Portugal.
Portugal will have the 5th largest stand at the event, after Germany, France, Italy and Spain, some of the main wine producing countries. The Wines of Portugal space, located in Hall 13, will have 170 exhibitors, from all regions, including specific areas from the Lisbon, Dão, Setúbal and Madeira regions.
In addition to the exhibition stand, ViniPortugal will have a tasting area, will organize guided tours and will have renowned specialists in 21 seminars, including the Germans: Caro Maurer MW, David Schwarzwälder and Sebastian Bordthäuser, but also personalities represented by WSET Educator Andrzej Strzelczyk, Rubina Vieira from Madeira Wine Institute, Sofia Salvador, Wine Educator from Wines of Portugal and also Carine Patrício, Best Sommelier Portugal 2020.
About this presence, Frederico Falcão, President of ViniPortugal says "Portugal continues to be one of the most promising wine exporting countries, occupying the 9th place worldwide. This is the first edition of ProWein after the pandemic, since it was suspended for two years, so the expectations for this year are very high. We will continue to stand out, whether it is for our more than 250 native grape varieties, or for the different flavors and styles that we present. We are a world of diversity. We have no doubt that Portuguese wines are in vogue and are very attractive to merchants from all over the world, so we will capitalize to the maximum on our presence in this and upcoming events."
ProWein is the world's largest wine and spirits fair and is therefore a reference event. This edition has about 6,000 exhibitors from 60 countries, distributed in 13 halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, segmented by country and region.
Through the Wines of Portugal brand, ViniPortugal has been communicating in over 20 markets worldwide, always with the aim of strengthening the presence of Portuguese wines and, in parallel, positioning the country as a producer of quality wine.