The English wine magazine with its own definition "Decanter - the world's best wine magazine" was founded in 1975 in London. It belongs to the magazine group IPC-Media, since 2007 editor-in-chief has been the journalist and TV commentator on wine Guy Woodward, who previously worked for the magazine. The content is news from the wine and spirits industry wine guide and wine reviews based on Michael’s 5-star system Broadbent, who also made a monthly contribution for a long time.
The magazine is published monthly and is distributed in over 90 countries worldwide. Every year a personality is chosen for the Decanter Man / Woman of the Year. The previous winners were all legends from the wine industry, including Piero Antinori, Ignacio Domecq, Len Evans, Angelo Gaja, Hugh Johnson, Alexis Lichine, Robert Mondavi, Christian Moueix, Àlvaro Palacios, Émile Peynaud, Jancis Robinson, Max Schubert, Paul Symington and André Tchelistcheff,
The paper edition is supplemented by the online portal Decanter.com. There is a “Decanter Power List” updated every two years with the 50 most influential personalities from the wine industry worldwide. The users can vote for their candidates. The international wine competition “Decanter World Wine Awards” has been held annually since 2004, the well-known chairman wine critic Steven Spurrier, In 2012, the largest amount of 14,119 wines to date was tasted by over 200 well-known jurors, including 54 Masters of Wine and 11 masters sommeliers, The first tasting takes place in Flights with 12 bottles of wine each, broken down by region and by type ( red wine. White wine. Rose. sparkling wine. Dessert wine ). There are eight price categories: up to 4.99, up to 6.99, up to 9.99, up to 14.99, up to 19.99, up to 29.99, up to 39.99 and over £ 40. Depending on the result, the wines are classified into the groups no award, commended, bronze, silver and gold. The second round is about the Regional Trophies. The gold medal wines are compared by type and region.
In the third round, the winners from the second round then compete against each other for each type of wine, whereby the ultimate International Trophies are determined. A wine can therefore receive three awards. The regions are Argentina, Australia, Chile, Germany, Greece, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Austria and the USA. The only exception is France in the regions Bordeaux. Burgundy. Champagne. Alsace. Languedoc etc. divided. Several countries are combined in the two large regions Central & Eastern Europe and Middle East, Far East & Asia. A special region is Port & Madeira. The regions are worked on by permanently assigned jurors who have precise knowledge and experience of their region. See also under awards and wine Events,