“It is not only our mission to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world.” That’s how Tom Stevenson, founder and chairman of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships introduces the results of the medal winners in the 2022 competition. The CSWWC has grown to become the world’s biggest and most respected awards initiative for the Champagne and sparkling wine sectors with medal winners selected from over 1,000 wines entered.
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The medal winners of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships are announced today with a total of 147 Gold & 249 Silver medals awarded in this year’s competition. This year saw close to 1,000 sparkling wines judged over 11 days from 21 different countries with Australia, France and Italy submitting their most entries since the competition began.
Italy once again took the top of the leader board for the most medals, triumphing with 53 Gold and 129 Silver medals, but France took home the most Gold medals this year with 55 Golds and 48 Silver medals. For the first time Australia took third place on the medal leader board, followed by the UK, US and Spain.
While France and Italy continue to dominate in terms of the number of their entries, the diversity of entries the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships receives from countries and regions around the world is second to none. This year the competition received entries for the first time, from Belgium, and saw Domaine Du Chant D’Eole straight out the starting blocks winning a silver medal for their Domaine du 2019 Brut Rosé.
Essi Avellan MW, one of the three judges, said: “We were thrilled with the quality of the whole range of wines that we tasted this year. What’s terrific is that the medal wins come from both the largest producers and some of the smallest, and from long established to newcomers. Huge congratulations to all the medal winners.”
The Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year Trophy is awarded to Ferrari and is based on the highest number of Gold medals won. This year Ferrari picked up 11 Gold medals.
Tom Stevenson, founder and chairman of the CSWWC, said: “This has been another great year for results, once again demonstrating how exciting the sparkling wine industry is. It is not only our mission to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world. Finding exciting quality from unexpected places around the world is one of the reasons why the CSWWC exists, whether that quality is from emerging sparkling wine countries like Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria or Romania or unexpected parts of classic sparkling wine countries, such as Italy, where Sicily continues to baffle us with an extraordinary performance. Another is keeping track of all the established greats, seeing if they continue to come through the totally blind process with Golds, Best in Class and then on to Trophies.”
Although the CSWWC does not award medals lower than Silver, the judges take a keen interest in theoretical Bronze winners. With a Bronze from a classic sparkling wine appellation, it is easy for producers to submit a magnum the next year and almost guarantee a Silver or even a Gold because the difference in quality between a regular 75cl bottle and a magnum of effectively the same wine is truly that great, says CSWWC. However, when a Bronze is from a relatively obscure, unknown or untested region, they have virtually no local expertise to assist them, so it is important for those producers to understand that they could be on the verge of achieving a world class sparkling wine. There were 447 theoretical Bronze medal wines this year that can and should give them hope for the future.
The Best in Class and Trophy winners will be revealed at this year’s CSWWC Awards Dinner on November 3 in London.