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Terravin

In 1963, the Vaud Association of Winegrowers created regulations for the best wines in the canton Vaud ( Switzerland ) created. Only wines that meet the AOC requirements are permitted. However, even a faultless crop does not automatically receive the award, because the assessment or award criteria are far higher. The wines will blindverkostet and strictly based on strict criteria with 25 criteria sensory (not chemically) analyzed. These are divided into the three main groups Vue (appearance) with 1, smell (Nez = nose) with 10 and Bouche (mouth = taste) with 15 criteria. The grade 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 can be assigned to each criterion. Particular attention is paid to character and typicality of origin (Appellation) or terroir and vine, such as aging potential placed.

The tastings take place from a college oenologists and other experts with strict conditions. The decisions of the jury are based on a precise tasting sheet like. The tasters never see the bottle, not even when it is covered. You will only learn about the grape variety and appellation. The assessment is carried out in secret, discussions are only held after the bulletins have been submitted. The jury consists of five tasters, who are alternately selected from 35 experts. In order to prevent the routine and to guarantee the greatest possible impartiality, it is composed differently each time. This concept has been continuously improved since Terravin was founded. A course on sensory analysis is held each year for the tasters. The Terravin office works closely with the technical school Changins together to determine the cause of the more common occurrence in Chasselas wines reduction flavors to explore.

Originally there were only white wines of the variety Chasselas admitted, but in the meantime the competition has also been open to red wines and other specialties since 1998. Among other things, the intensity of the color, the aromas, the minerality, the freshness, the complexity, the volume and the length of the waste stream rated. Ultimately, less than five percent of Vaud's wine production is awarded the “Lauriers d'Or Terravin” (golden laurel from Terravin). This is usually half of the approximately 180 wines presented annually. The “best of the best” are one step higher - these are the “Lauriers de Platine Terravin”. These are the 16 best “Lauriers d'Or Terravin” of the year. The tasting is completely different. It is one hedonistic, very subjective tasting by 30 oenologists. sommeliers and trade journalists. Currently only Chasselas wines can participate, but an opening for the other wines is being considered (as of 2013).

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