Today there are countless national and international events in the wine industry where wines and wine products are assessed and awarded according to the applicable criteria. The first international wine competitions were held, among other things, as part of the world exhibitions in the 19th century, the first was in London in 1851. That of 1855 in Paris is inseparable from the legendary Bordeaux Classification connected. Some of the producers still advertise with the rank they have won labels, although today's wines are completely different. And that in no way relates exclusively to Pre-phylloxera wines (before phylloxera), because the techniques have changed fundamentally since then.
In France, in particular, there have been more or less regular assessments on a larger scale long before. The most famous was probably the one held at a world exhibition in Paris Bordeaux Classification in 1855, which has a certain meaning to this day. However, the controversial poem "La bataille des vins" (The Battle of the Wines) by the minstrel, from the 13th century, suggests that there were probably competitions at least as far back as the Middle Ages Henri d'Andeli suspect. It reports a competition between 70 wines with a surprise winner.
There is no other food and beverage sector that compares its products as often in international competitions as is the case with wine and spirits. These events contribute positively to the overall quality improvement. Often there are medals (platinum, gold, silver, bronze) or trophies in different categories (white, red, sweet, sparkling wines etc.) and also special awards such as "Winemaker / Newcomer / Winery of the year". The most important events include the annual ones AWC = International Austrian Wine Challenge ( Wien ), Decanter World Wine Awards (London), International Wine Challenge (London), ProWein (Dusseldorf) VieVinum ( Wien ), VINEXPO (Bordeaux) and Vinitaly (Verona), where awards take place as a supporting program. Such events are known overseas under the name "Wineshow". The medals awarded have an unofficial hierarchy depending on the importance of the competition. For example, one competitor's silver may be more important than another's gold.
However, one has to bear in mind that many wineries do not participate in such competitions on principle. Famous wineries like that have Château Cheval Blanc. Château Mouton-Rothschild or e Château d'Yquem not necessary at all or do without it. In addition, the smaller producers often cannot afford it. Such competitions are therefore not European or World Championships, in which "all" well-known top producers are principally involved. A quality comparison is therefore only possible within the participating wines. But that doesn't mean that not even the most renowned top wineries participate. In addition to the international events, almost every wine-growing country also has national competitions, either from wine-growing institutions or from wine guides (Wine journals) can be organized.
See also on this topic wine address and wine review, Under the keyword wine Events are the world's most important wine events. A complete list of all classification systems for areas and wines can be found at Grand Cru, The quality classes for wines valid within the European Union are detailed under quality system described.