International wine competition that has been held annually in Sierre (Canton of Valais) in Switzerland since 1998. All wine producers are eligible to participate Pinot Noir
, He is under the patronage of OIV
(Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) and UIOE (Union Internationale des Oenologues) and is a member of VINOFED (Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vins et de Spiritueux). The wines are selected by an international jury of renowned and experienced tasters
tasted (56 judges in 2008). The awards are given on the basis of joint decisions. During the tasting, five tasters shielded from the other panels sit at a table. The wine reviews
are entered on a laptop using specially developed PC software. 50 to 60 wines per day are made in one for three hours according to the 100-point table blind tasting
rated. Only the vintages are known. As a rule, there is a high degree of agreement in 90% of the wines. The more distant evaluations are then discussed and, if necessary, strongly differing grades are corrected.
Over 1,100 wines were presented at the 11th event in 2008. Of these, 60% came from Switzerland and 40% from abroad from, for example, the countries Germany (140), France (over 100), Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa , Three wines from France, Germany and Argentina were awarded the highest Grand d`Or prize, as well as 101 gold and 228 silver medals. In addition, special prizes were also awarded, for example in the "Old vintages" category. For the first time, wines from Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris were also approved in the "Discovery" category. See also under wine Events