France and Italy again top the charts at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018

The world’s most prestigious sparkling wine competition, The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018 (CSWWC) is delighted to announce a total of 116 Gold & 128 Silver medals have been awarded in this year’s competition to 18 different countries.

France gained the largest haul of gold medals with 47 golds and 36 silver, closely followed by Italy who romped home with a collective total of 71 gold and silver medals with Franciacorta and Trentodoc the two regions coming out on top. The judges were also particularly impressed by the quality of the Australian, USA and the English entries this year which took home 10, 5 and 9 golds respectively. The judges all commented that this has been the toughest judging yet as we see the quality and diversity of sparkling wine improving year on year.

Tom Stevenson, founder and chairman of the competition, explains: “With the spread of technology and expertise, world-class sparkling wine can now be found in countries where the fizz was undrinkable or non-existent 10 years ago. While France and Italy remain the two most important countries in terms of their number of entries, the increase in entries from the USA, UK, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Hungary and South Africa has averaged in excess of 75%. In the USA we saw first time entries from Virginia and Illinois.”

The judges were also thrilled to award gold medals to Argentina, Canada, Hungary, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain AND, for the first time, a gold medal to Romania!

Stevenson added: “We have been really impressed by the standard of sparkling wines that have been entered this year. The bar was set high from day one and the medal count reflects this.  It is worth reiterating for any journalist or publication new to this competition that all the judges taste every single wine entered and they all are all tasted ‘blind’,which is to say we have no knowledge of the identity of each wine beyond its origin, basic style and grape varieties. We judge medals and Best in Class strictly in flights of the same origin and style (Cava Rosé exclusively against Cava Rosé, Australian Blanc de Blancs exclusively against Australian Blanc de Blancs, etc.).

 

“We judge wines conventionally as Gold, Silver, Bronze, Commended, No Award, Possibly Faulty and Definitely Faulty, but we award – unconventionally – only Gold and Silver medals because these are the truly outstanding wines, and we only judge in flights of different style for National trophies and different origin for World Champion trophies.”

 

The CSWWC is the largest and most relevant sparkling wine competition in the world. All the gold and silver medal winners can be found at https://www.champagnesparklingwwc.co.uk/results/results-2018/

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