Berlin, 15 September 2020
24th Berliner Wine Trophy – Summer Edition 2020
The german competition exceeds expectations with 6,073 wines submitted, despite the COVID19 situation
In these times of uncertainty and changing markets in the wine sector, it is more important than ever to stand out and be noticed by consumers. And the participants of the Berliner Wine Trophy, the largest wine challenge in Germany, seem to be aware of the importance of this competition. No less than 6,073 wines from all over the world were tasted for 11 days by an international panel of more than 150 jurors, who emphasized the increasingly high quality of the products. The conclusion: 1,834 medals were finally awarded (the rules of the OIV only allow 30% of the tasted wines to be prized), of which 30 correspond to the “Grand Gold” category, 1,636 are “Gold” and 168 belong to the “Silver” category. The main protagonists have been, as usual, the wines. The medal-winners are dominated by Italian, German, Spanish and French wines, although the “new world” is an increasingly strong competitor with Australia, New Zealand or Chile showing their excellence. Also, organic wines, orange wines and lower-alcohol wines continue their ascending trend, as in past editions.
On the other hand, the current situation has led the management of the Berliner Wine Trophy to take additional measures, both organizational and hygienic. These guidelines have focused on the health and safety of individuals, thus avoiding any possible risk of contagion, but at the same time maintaining the high-quality standards that characterize the Berliner competition.
“Everyone’s behavior has been exemplary, both the members of the jury and the staff. They were all giving 200% of their focus and this resulted in an even fairer and more objective evaluation of the wines, if possible“, said Henk Gibramczik, Operations Director of DWM – Deutsche Wein Marketing. “These are uncertain times for the industry and it affects our lives. We want to continue supporting our participants, they place their trust in us and we cannot let them down. We will keep on valuing and recognizing the hard work of the winemakers so that consumers can confidently choose wines awarded with our medals”.