Last September the 14th, the opening ceremony of the 8th edition of Grenaches du Monde International Contest took place in IGP Pays D’Oc in Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie, France). The land of Grenache rosés was this edition’s host region and chose Montpellier as its main spot for several tastings occurred from September the 14th to the 17th.
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 68 jurors (wine merchants, sommeliers, importers but also oenologists and specialized journalists, etc.) from 13 different nationalities tasted 832 wines from 5 countries (France, Spain, Italy, United States and South Africa). 260 medals were awarded, including 188 gold and 72 silver.
Spain received 125 medals, France 78, Italy 56 and the United States 1. Looking at the list of winners, we can say that the birthplace and nowadays highest concentration of the varietal in the world (Aragon and Roussillon wines are in great shape. Particularly, Spanish Garnachas register a new record, where PDOs as Campo de Borja (20 medals: 13 Médaille d’or & 7 Médaille d’argent), Calatayud (6: 1 & 5) and Cariñena (11 medals: 7 golds & 4 silvers) were the indisputable winners within the region, not far from Somontano (6: 5 & 1) and Vinos de Madrid (1 gold medal). PDO Terra Alta did not stay with empty hands either, collecting 32 medals, having more than half of them (19) awarded to whites.
On the other hand, the GIs of Roussillon enjoyed of a great position as well, something already habitual when it comes to get on the podium. Roussillon wines from Geographical Indications shone with a total of 54 medals, of whom 31 for dry wines with PDO and PGI and 23 for Fortified Sweet Wines with PDO:
- AOP Banyuls (3 gold medals)
- AOP Banyuls Grand Cru (2: 1 & 1)
- AOP Collioure (3 gold medals)
- AOP Côtes du Roussillon (7: 3 & 4)
- AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages (6 gold medals)
- AOP Maury (5: 4 & 1)
- AOP Maury Sec (4: 3 & 1)
- AOP Rivesaltes (13: 10 & 3)
- IGP Côte Vermeille (1 & 1)
- IGP Côtes Catalanes (9: 8 & 1)
Last but definitelly not least, the host region, IGP Pays d’Oc got an outstanding result, with (10 medals: 9 Médailles d’or & 1 Médaille d’argent).
If you want to see the list of winners of the 8th edition (2020) please follow this link.