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The International Wine Academy is a subsidiary of Meininger Verlag in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The fourth-generation publisher is one of Germany's oldest specialist publishers. He specializes in wine and beverage publications for different target groups. The Wine Academy was founded in 2001 with the aim of bringing wine in all its facets closer to both the consumer and the professional and also to give it a corresponding quality orientation. It consists of four components:

1) The Great International Wine Award MUNDUSvini is now one of the most renowned wine competitions in the world. The wine price takes place every year in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Around 180 international wine professionals taste more than 4,000 wines from all over the world within two weeks. 2) The International Spirits Competition ISW stands for a professional tasting event for all kinds of spirits. 3) Professionally organized wine seminars under the name MUNDUSvini take place in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Different seminars appeal to wine connoisseurs as well as those who deal with wine professionally. The range of seminars ranges from topics such as sensors, which offers the perfect introduction to the world of wine, from red and white wine to special topics such as Bordeaux and cult wines, 4) The International Wine Academy regularly travels to typical wine regions. Wine countries that are still under construction, such as China, are also the destinations of an interesting study trip.

The wine competition is under the patronage of the international wine authorities OIV (Organization International de la Vigne et du Vin) and the UIOE (Union Internationale des Oenologues). MUNDUSvini is also a member of VinoFed (Federation Mondiale des Grands Concours de Vins et de Spiritueux in Canada). The country received official recognition in 2003 Rheinland-Pfalz and the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection. This allows the bottles to be awarded the award.

The wine review corresponds to the scheme of the international oenologists' association (UIOE) and the OIV, which was developed for international tastings. It provides weighted points for the criteria appearance, smell, taste and harmony / overall impression. Ideally, a wine can reach a total of 100 points. Each wine is tasted and evaluated by a committee of five to seven jurors. The jury must have 4/7 international and 3/7 national tasters. According to the regulations of the OIV, a maximum of one third of the submitted products may be awarded. See also under awards and wine Events,

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