Last April the 14th, the closing ceremony of the sixth edition of Grenaches du Monde International Contest took place in PDO Terra Alta (Catalonia, Spain). The land of white Garnacha was this edition’s host region and chose Gandesa as its main spot for several tastings occurred from April 12 to April 14.
Grenaches du Monde is one of the most important dates in the calendar for all Garnacha areas all around the world and the perfect scenario of a worldwide meeting of 75 wine specialists coming from ten countries (France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, China and South Korea) who qualified 839 different wines made from this diverse grape. The wines were majorly coming from USA, Australia, Spain, France, Italy and Lebanon.
This year, 259 references were awarded with gold and silver medals. Looking at the list of winners, we can say Aragonese and Roussillon wines are in great shape. Particularly, Aragon’ Garnachas register a new record, taking home a number of 64 medals (35 gold, 29 silver) 13 more than last year’s edition. PDOs as Campo de Borja, Calatayud and Cariñena were the indisputable winners within the region, not far from Somontano and Vinos de Madrid. On the other hand, the region of Roussillon enjoyed of a great position as well, something already habitual when it comes to get on the podium. DO Terra Alta did not stay with empty hands either, collecting 34 medals.
Before the greatest party of Garnacha finished, Philipe Bourrier and Fabrice Rieu, president of CIVR (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Rossillon) and president of the concourse respectively, announced in Le Nuit des Grenaches that the seventh edition of Grenaches du Monde would come back to the place of its creation for next year. It seems Garnacha/Grenache lovers have a new date to save in the calendar: Roussillon is waiting for all of them during April 17 and 18, 2019!
If you want to see the list of winners of the sixth edition (2018) please follow this link.