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|Tuesday, August 23, 2011||09:00|
The winners of the gold and silver medals and the names of the 6 top wines in each of 11 categories are now known, but the suspense remains because the winners of each categoy will be made public only 25 October 2011, during the Swiss Wines Gala evening. The Winemaker of the Year will also be named that evening.
(Drinks Media Wire) – Sierre, Switzerland – More than 3,000 wines were entered in the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse (GPVS) wine competition by 591 producers from throughout Switzerland: more than 9,000 bottles received, registered, sorted, labeled and refrigerated. Some 160 judges were in Sierre for 6 days and a team of 20 worked in the tasting room as well as behind the scenes to ensure that the competition ran as smoothly as possible. A network of 65 computers recorded the judges’ notes as part of the process that ultimately leads to the naming of the winners.
The names of the 66 wines that are finalists at the Gala des vins suisses 2011 are finally known (see the PDF file with the 66 nominees for 2011). The 250 gold medal winners and the 660 silver medal winners are also being published today (PDF file with gold/or and silver/argent winners).
The Swiss Wines Gala event is organized jointly by Vinum, the European wine revue, and the Vinea Association. It is the high point of the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse competition. This year it takes place Tuesday 25 October 2011 on the stage at the Kulturcasino in Bern, with 400 guests. Registration is now open at www.grandprixduvinsuisse.ch. The 6 best wines in each category are in the running for 1 of 33 trophies, given to the first 3 wines in each category.
Three special prizes will also be handed out the evening of the gala event. The Bio (organic) prize, then the Vinissimo prize for the best wine of the competition out of the 3,109 entered, and finally the Swiss Winemaker of the Year, named during this ceremony devoted to the greater glory of Swiss wines! This is a much-coveted distinction, given to the wine producer who has the best overall result out of the 591 winemakers who are taking part in the competition this year. Guaranteed suspense!
A showcase for the country’s grape varieties
Switzerland’s diversity of grape varieties is well represented in this fifth Grand Prix du Vin Suisse. Chasselas and Pinot Noir, the two emblematic varieties of Swiss grapes, have a strong presence with 456 and 484 wines respectively. Single varietal white wines: 559, followed closely by the “other red wines” category with 351, and red blends with 379.
And for Switzerland’s wine regions
All of the wine-growing regions are well represented in 2011, with their level of participation in relation to the size of their growing areas. The wines are put into 11 categories, which means that producers from every region are given a good chance. In other words, the results of this competition are an excellent reflection of the whole of Switzerand’s wine production.
The GPVS has as its patron the Union Suisse des Oenologues (Swiss Oenologists Union), whose rules require that no more than 30 percent of the wines be given gold or silver medals.
For more information:
Elizabeth Pasquier, managing director
+41 27 456 3144
+ 41 44 268 5240
For more information on the competition:
|Name: Elisabeth Pasquier|
|Company: Grand Prix du Vin Suisse|
|Phone: + 41 27 456 3144|