The great and good of the Champagne and sparkling wine world gathered in London last week to mark the 2022 CSWWC Awards Dinner and the chance to celebrate as well as reward the very best in the sector. In all there were eight World Champions, 10 National Champions and 13 Regional Champions who were all presented at a global ‘who’s who’ gathering of over 150 international winemakers, producers, leading industry figures, and journalists at London’s iconic Merchants Taylors Hall.
Corks were popping all over the world this weekend as a total of 35 trophies were presented at the CSWWC 2002 awards. Here we reveal who won what from Best in Class to the greatest sparkling wine producers from around the globe.
The cream of sparkling wine and Champagne talent was able to come together for the first time since Covid to mark the 2022 CSWWC awards ceremony in London.
The competition is now in its ninth year and is firmly established as the largest and toughest sparkling wine competition in the world. With a competition total of 147 Golds and 249 Silvers, this year saw France and Italy battling it out for the top spot. Until 2019, France had always been top, but Italy roared ahead in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, however, France fought back, winning 55 Golds and 48 Silvers, while Italy picked up 53 Golds and 129 Silvers. In Olympian terms, France is the winner, but by just two Gold medals and the massive difference between its 48 Silvers and Italy’s 129 (more than half of the Silver medals awarded in the entire competition is a remarkable feat in itself). This year also saw Australia take third place for the first time, followed by the UK, with Spain and New Zealand in equal-fifth position.
The top award – Supreme World Champion – was awarded to Dom Ruinart for the Dom Ruinart 2010 Blanc de Blancs, with Ferrari Trentodoc taking the prize for Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2022. The Chairman’s Trophy was presented to Bernard Lonclas for the NV Grand Brut Blanc de Blanc and The Tony Jordan Rising Star Trophy went to Italian sparkling wine producer Kettmeir of Alto Adige.
The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships also made Lifetime Achievement Awards to Michel Davesne of Champagne Deutz, Alain Pailley of Domanie Alexandre Bonnet and Michel Drapper of Champagne Drappier. Tom Stevenson, the awards founders and head of judging, praised each and every one for the effort, dedication and sheer brilliance that each have contributed to the history, development and success of the sparkling wine world as it is today.
He said: “I was absolutely delighted to be back hosting the awards ceremony in person. 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. Exciting quality finds like sparkling wines from Bulgaria, Romania, and Alto Adige region in Italy to name a few, is one of the reasons why the CSWWC exists. 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.”
Supreme World Champion: Dom Ruinart 2010 Blanc de Blancs
World Champion Classic Brut NV Blend: Louis Roederer NV Collection 242 in Magnum
World Champion Classic Brut Vintage Blend: Gusbourne 2018 Brut Reserve
World Champion Classic Blanc de Blancs: Palmer & Co NV Blanc de Blancs in Magnum
World Champion Classic Blanc de Noirs: Palmer & Co NV Blanc de Blancs in Magnum
World Champion Classic Rosé: Henriot NV Rosé in Magnum
World Champion Library Vintage: House of Arras 2001 Museum Release Blanc de Blanc
World Champion Sparkling Red Wine: Cleto Chiarli 2021 Vecchia Modena Premium in Magnum
World Champion Sparkling Aromatic Wine: Cuvage NV Acquesi Asti
The Chairman’s Trophy: Bernard Loclas NV Grand Brut Blanc de Blanc
Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year: Ferrari Trentendoc
The Tony Jordan Rising Star Trophy: Kettmeir
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michel Davesne of Champagne Duetz
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Pailley of Domaine Alexandre Bonnet
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michel Drapper of Champagne Drappier
National Champions 2022
Best Australian Sparkling Wine: Swift 2011 Blanc de Blancs
Best Bulgarian Sparkling Wine: Midalidare Estate NV Sparkling Wine Gold in Magnum
Best English Sparkling Wine: Simpsons Wine Estate 2018 Flint Fields Blanc de Noirs
Best French Sparkling Wine: Dom Ruinart 2010 Blanc de Blancs
Best Hungarian Sparkling Wine: Sauska NV Brut in Magnum
Best Italian Sparkling Wine: Kettmeir 2018 Athesis Brut in Magnum
Best Romanian Sparkling Wine: Carassia Rosé in Magnum
Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine: No 1 Family Estate NV Rosé
Best Spanish Sparkling Wine: Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut in Magnum
Best US Sparkling Wine: Caraccioli 2016 Blanc de Blancs
Best Non-Deluxe Champagne: Louis Roederer NV Collection 242 in Magnum
Best Deluxe Champagne Best Champagne: Dom Ruinart 2010 Blanc de Blancs
Best Alto Adige: Kettmeir 2018 Atheisi Brut in Magnum
Best Asti: Cuvage NV Acquesi Asti
Best Franciacorta: Fratelli Berlucchi NV Brut 25 in Magnum
Best Lambrusco: Cleto Chiarli 2021 Vecchia Modena Premium in Magnum
Best Prosecco: Mionetto NV Extra Dry
Best Sicilian: G. Milazzo 2003 Federico II in Magnum
Best Trentodoc: Ferrari Trento 2013 Ferrari Perle Nero Riserva in Magnum
Best Cava: Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut in Magnum
Best Corpinnat: Llopart 2017 Panoramic Imperial
Best Californian: Caracciolo 2016 Blanc de Blancs
CSWWC 2022 Judges
Essi Avellan MW
Simon Stockton – Reserve judge
- For further information about CSWWC awards and how it is run then go to its website here or contact Rachel Davey on email@example.com.