France came out on top at this years International Wine Challenge (IWC) for the 31st year running.
France scooped up 1987 medals, including 113 golds. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were among the gold runners, with lesser-known grapes Marsanne, Roussanne and Gros Manseng also securing a spot on the gold medal shelf.
The Champagne region produced more gold medals than anywhere else, with magical merchant Charles Heidsick’s vintage 1995 Blanc des Millénaires being the oldest French wine to win a gold.
Australia was hot on the heels of France, with 890 medals overall and 75 golds, including 12 different varieties of Shiraz. Taking third place in the league was Italy, taking 658 medals followed closely by Portugal with 603 medals. You can see a full list of the results here.
This is the IWC’s second announcement of medal winners, with the first round announced in early December 2013. All of the gold winners from each round will progress to the Trophy round, to be tasted by the IWC chairmen who will make the final decision on which wines will make the cut for a Champion Trophy.
The International Wine challenge is owned by William Reed Business Media and is one of the most highly regarded competitions in the industry. They also hold categories for Commended and Great Value awards, and the final winners will be announced at their annual awards dinner in July.
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