There are countless national and international events in the wine industry, where wines and wine products are evaluated and awarded according to the respective valid criteria. The first international wine competitions were organized in the 19th century, among others, in the context of the World's Fair, the first was in 1851 in London. That of the year 1855 in Paris is inseparable from the legendary one Bordeaux Classification connected. With the achieved rank, some producers still advertise on the labels Although today's wines are completely different. And that is by no means exclusive Pre-phylloxera wines (before phylloxera), because the techniques have changed fundamentally since then.
Especially in France, however, there were already long before more or less regular reviews larger scale. Probably the most famous was that performed on the occasion of a world exhibition in Paris Bordeaux Classification in 1855, which has a certain significance to this day. The fact that there were probably competitions at least in the Middle Ages, however, leaves the thirteenth-century quarrel "La bataille des vins" (The Battle of the Wines) by the minnesinger Henri d'Andeli suspect. This is a competition between 70 wines with a surprise winner reported.
There is no other sector in the food and beverage sector that compares their products so often at 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. Overseas such events are known as "Wineshow". The awarded medals have an unofficial hierarchy, depending on the significance of the competition. For example, silver in one competition may be more significant than another's gold.
However, one has to keep in mind that many wineries do not even participate in such competitions on principle. This is what famous wineries like for example Château Cheval Blanc. Château Mouton-Rothschild or e Château d'Yquem not necessary at all or refrain from it. Besides, the smaller producer often can not afford it. Such competitions are therefore no European or World Championships, where "all" well-known top producers are in principle. A quality comparison is thus possible only within the participants wines. But that does not mean that even the most prestigious top wine estates do not participate. Apart from the international events, there are also national competitions in almost every wine country, either from winegrowing institutions or from wine guides (Wine journals) are organized.
See under this topic also under 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 is available at Grand Cru, The quality classes for wines valid in the European Union are detailed below quality system described.