International wine competition, which has been held annually since 1998 in Sierre (canton Valais) in Switzerland. All producers of wines 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 (in 2008 there were 56 jurors). The awards are given on the basis of joint decisions. During the tasting, five screened degustators sit at the same table. The wine reviews
are entered via a specially developed PC software on a laptop. Every day, 50 to 60 wines are added in three hours after the 100-point table blind tasting
rated. Only the vintages are known. As a rule, 90% of the wines are in high agreement. The more widely spaced assessments are then discussed and, if necessary, strongly deviating grades are corrected.
At the 11th event in 2008, over 1,100 wines were presented. Of these, 60% came from Switzerland and 40% from abroad, for example to 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 Grand D`Or Grand Prix, as well as 101 gold and 228 silver medals. In addition, special prizes were also awarded, for example in the category "Old Vintages". For the first time, wines from Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris have also been approved this year in the "Discovery" category wine Events