The English wine magazine with the self-definition "Decanter - the world's best wine magazine" was founded in 1975 in London. It belongs to the journal group IPC-Media, as Editor in Chief since 2007, the journalist and TV commentator on wine Guy Woodward, who had previously worked for the magazine. The content is news from the wine and spirits industry, one wine guide and wine reviews after the 5-star system of Michael Broadbent who also provided a monthly contribution for a long time.
The magazine is published monthly and is distributed in more than 90 countries worldwide. Every year, a personality is chosen as 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, Alvaro 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 biennial updated "Decanter Power List" with the world's 50 most influential personalities from the wine industry. The users can vote for their candidates. Since 2004, the international wine competition "Decanter World Wine Awards" is held annually, Chairman is the well-known wine critic Steven Spurrier, In 2012, the largest number of 14,119 wines was tasted by more than 200 well-known jurors, including 54 Masters of Wine and 11 masters sommeliers, The first tasting takes place in Flights each 12 bottles of wine, sorted by region and 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 pounds. Depending on the result, the wines are classified in the groups no award, commended, bronze, silver and gold. A second round is about the Regional Trophies. The gold medal wines, each type and region are compared.
Finally, in the third round, the winners of the second round will compete against each other, identifying the ultimate International Trophies. A wine can thus receive three awards. The regions are the countries 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 grouped together in the two major regions Central & Eastern Europe as well as Middle East, Far East & Asia. A special region is Port & Madeira. The regions are managed by permanently fixed jurors who have precise knowledge and experience of their region. See also below awards and wine Events,