Press Release - 9th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition -
The 9th International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki was successfully completed, giving strong evidence that is has become a major institution for Greek wine. The Competition is organized by the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard under the auspices of the O.I.V. (International Organization of Vine and Wine) and took place in Thessaloniki from March 2nd to March 4th, 2009.
42 wine tasters from Greece and abroad (enologists, sommeliers and journalists) tasted 809 wines from Greece and 7 other countries:, Brazil, Slovakia, France, Spain, Cyprus, Italy and Romania.
According to Master of Wine Konstantinos Lazarakis, while some people think that the only role of such competitions is awarding medals to worthy recipients, one of the salient points of IWCT is acquainting international judges with the exciting developments in Greek wine production. World class wine professionals, like Tom Stevenson, Steve Daniel and Roger Dagorn MS, have accepted the invitation of the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard to judge at the IWCT and even before the competition was over, declared an interest in being invited back, totally fascinated by Greek wine.
Turning important people into dedicated ambassadors in just a few days, could well be the ultimate proof that IWCT is now an integral part of the Modern Greek Wine Renaissance. The main characteristic of this year’s competition was the excellent quality of the samples submitted, a great number of which achieved the rate for a medal. Nevertheless, only 233 wines were awarded, corresponding to 30% of the samples, according to the O.I.V. criterion (Resolution O.I.V. 2/94):
- 1 Grand Gold medals
- 53 Gold medals
- 179 Silver medals