From orange wine to amphora: PAR® Wine Award International results released
This new wine contest aims to be ‘something different’. As the organizers say: ‘the primary objective of the PAR® Wine Award International is to create a platform for such exciting wine countries like for instance Georgia, Bulgaria or Israel, as well as for the winemakers working in a high-level virtuoso way. The degustation on the 09th of December 2016 (Frasdorf, Germany) made it obvious: the foundation stone was laid successfully. 108 submitted wines coming from 12 different countries posed a welcome challenge for the entire PAR team and Martin Darting, head of tasting. It’s seldom that an expert degustation group encounters such a grape type and style diversity, as well as multi-variant aroma complexity – from genuine Orange Wine via full-flavoured red wines rife with surprising depth through to crisp whites that might enthuse many a Riesling fan.’
In total, Top Gold has been achieved twice, 37 wines became Gold and 47 ones earned Silver.
– The top marks went to Georgia – 98 PAR points in the white wine category for the 2014 Kvevri wine Rkatsiteli Kisi Khikhvi from family wine-growing estate Naotari Wines and
– to Hungary, the barrel matured 2012 Villàny Csanàd Cuvèe from Koch-Vin vineyard received 96 points in the red wine category.
Read more about Koch Winery, producer of the Top Gold Hungarian wine:
What is PAR?
Thanks to the transparency of the internationally recognized sensory testing system PAR, each submitted wine becomes a comprehensible and objective documentation of its sensory and oenological characteristics, which are always assessed respectively authenticity and style. The PAR training enables the qualified jury consisting of oenologists, sommeliers and wine experts (certified by the German IHK) to assess each wine neutrally, excluding personal preferences or preconceived opinions regarding “good taste.” In the context of modern oenology, new international wine styles experience appreciation and acceptance in PAR assessment likewise the traditionally made wines. Besides attracting attention brought by this award, many producers appreciate the revealing analyses underlying the PAR assessment. They show exactly which criteria have led to respective results and provide valuable documentation for the quality management.
Further information about the competition and wine countries under www.par-wineaward.com