Berlin, 19th April 2021

25th Berliner Wine Trophy – Winter Edition 2021

The OIV's largest wine challenge sets the standard for how to hold an international contest during the pandemic

The numerous handicaps caused by the pandemic did not prevent the 150 expert wine judges from tasting and evaluating more than 8,000 wines entered for the Berliner Wine Trophy 2021 – Winter Edition over the course of 11 consecutive days. As a result, 2,447 medals were awarded in accordance with the strict rules of the highest authority in the wine sector, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). These correspond to 34 Grand Gold medals, 2,350 Gold medals and 63 Silver medals. It is worth mentioning the number of samples, both submitted and finally awarded, coming from countries of increasing notability in the wine sector such as Hungary, Moldova or even Georgia, Israel or Armenia.
Planning and holding the world’s largest wine competition under the patronage of the OIV during a global pandemic was an exceptionally complicated task; every possible precaution was taken not only to maintain the usual high standards but even to improve them.
The BWT team spared no expense to ensure hygiene compliance and to exceed health and safety requirements during the competition. In fact, DWM – Deutsche Wein Marketing GmbH was approached by various institutions, including wine-related organisations and local authorities, with regard to its hygiene concept so that this model could serve as a reference for other events. It is therefore fair to say that the hygiene concept has worked perfectly. Once again, the Berliner Wine Trophy is setting the benchmark.

Some of the safety measures put in place included daily rapid tests before the tasting for all judges and staff, body temperature controls, aerosol filtration tunnel, air-cleaning devices in each tasting area, limitation of the number of jurors per square meter, panelled tasting places, all kinds of customized hygienic material, in addition to all measures and regulations required by the local health authorities. The meticulous planning and all these measures not only served to provide total safety for the judges, employees and people involved in the event but also to guarantee the integrity of the competition, otherwise, it would be unfair to our participants.

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