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RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CONTEST “BLACK SEA WINES 2019”

International Wine Contest “Black Sea Wines 2019” was held in the framework of the VI Black Sea Winemaking Forum. The results of the Contest were announced during the Gala Reception of the VI Black Sea Winemaking Forum on 7 July 2019 in Sochi city, Russia.

The producers of the wines and spirituous beverages competed for the awards in accordance with the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) standards; the sum of all the medals awarded to the samples did not exceed 30% of the total of samples presented at the category.

32 companies from 16 regions from 9 countries of the Black Sea Region and Balkans participated in the “Black Sea Wines 2019” Contest. 79 medals in 11 basic categories (in accordance with the OIV) were awarded and also 26 samples were awarded in 5 special additional nominations.

The Black Sea Winemaking Forum as a partner of the BALCON – Baltic Alco Convent will present the wines winners of the last two “Black Sea Wines” Contests (Varna 2018 and Sochi 2019) in Saint-Petersburg on September 19-20, 2019. The presentations and wine tastings will be held on the Forum’s stand and during the tasting shows at the Convent.

Please find below the results of the International Wine Contest “Black Sea Wines 2019”.

Still Red Wines, The Vintage 2017 or Younger

THE BEST - GOLD Fort Burgozone Merlot & Cabernet, 2017, Burgozone Ltd, Danube Plain
GOLD Grand Reserve Ataman Krasnostop Zolotovskiy, 2017, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley
GOLD Feteasca Neagra Vinvoyage 2017, Tiraspol Winery and Distillery KVINT, Codru
GOLD Richtig Fett, 2018, Cramele Recaș, Banat
GOLD Cabernet Sauvignon Gourmet 2017, Tiraspol Winery and Distillery KVINT, Codru
GOLD Saperavi Qvevri, 2017, Shaloshvili Cellar, Kakheti
GOLD Kartuli Vazi Saperavi, 2018, Tifliski Vini Pogreb, Kvemo - Kartli / Kakheti
GOLD Pinot Noir, 2017, Novak Winery, Gagauzia / Valul lui Traian
GOLD Wildflower "Pinot Noir", 2018, Cramele Recaș, Banat
SILVER Marcelan, 2018, Agrolain, Dagestan
SILVER Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018, Agrolain, Dagestan

Still Red Wines, The Vintage 2016 or Older

THE BEST - GOLD Tomai Cabernet Tourism, 2016, Tomai Vinex, Gagauzia / Valul lui Traian
GOLD Selene "Feteasca Neagra" Barrique Reserve, 2015, Cramele Recaș, Banat
GOLD Nesso Araqeli Rouge, 2015, Ani Yard, Ararat Valley
GOLD Meganom Reserve, 2016, Sun Valley, Crimea
GOLD Merlot Reserve, 2016, Alma Valley, Crimea
GOLD Tomai Cabernet Bugeac, 2009, Tomai Vinex, Gagauzia / Valul lui Traian
GOLD Saperavi Qvevri 2016, Mildiani Family Winery / Tsinandali Old Cellar, Kakheti
GOLD Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016, Alma Valley, Crimea
GOLD Atauad Gumista Ashta, 2014, Wines and Beverages of Abkhazia
GOLD Shiraz, 2016, Cantina, Don Valley
GOLD Petit Verdot of Sun Valley, 2016, Sun Valley, Crimea
GOLD Alma Valley Picnic Wine, 2015, Alma Valley, Crimea
SILVER Ashta Lasha, 2016, Wines and Beverages of Abkhazia
SILVER Pinot Noir, 2016, Cantina, Don Valley
SILVER Saperavi Oak, 2013, Shaloshvili Cellar, Kakheti

Rosé Wines

THE BEST - GOLD Pinot Noir Rosé Gourmet, 2018, Tiraspol Winery and Distillery KVINT, Codru
GOLD Burgozone Rosé, 2018, Burgozone Ltd, Danube Plain

Still White Wines, The Vintage 2017 or Younger

THE BEST - GOLD Riesling, 2017, Alma Valley, Crimea
GOLD Viorica Vinvoyage 2018, Tiraspol Winery and Distillery KVINT, Codru
GOLD Chardonnay, 2017, Novak Winery, Gagauzia / Valul lui Traian
GOLD Feteasca Regala, 2018, Cramele Recaș, Banat
GOLD Ashta Lasha, 2018, Wines and Beverages of Abkhazia
GOLD Côte du Danube Chardonnay & Muscat, 2018, Burgozone Ltd, Danube Plain
GOLD Grand Reserve Ataman Kumshatskiy, 2018, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley
SILVER Wildflower "Cuvee Blanc Reserva", 2017, Cramele Recaș, Banat
SILVER Alb de Onițcani Classic, 2017, Novak Winery, Gagauzia / Valul lui Traian
SILVER Alma Valley White, 2017, Alma Valley, Crimea
SILVER Sundial Sauvignon Blanc & Semillion, 2018, Lovico Lozari, Danube Plain
SILVER Muscat, 2017, Agrolain, Dagestan
SILVER Wildflower "Pinot Grigio", 2018, Cramele Recaș, Banat

Still White Wines, The Vintage 2016 or Older

THE BEST - GOLD Meganom, 2016, Sun Valley, Crimea
SILVER Chardonnay, 2016, Alma Valley, Crimea
SILVER Pinot Blanc Reserve, 2016, Alma Valley, Crimea

Sparkling Wines, Classical Method

THE BEST - GOLD Novy Svet Collection Brut White, Novy Svet, Crimea
GOLD Cricova Brut Roz, Combinatul de Vinuri "CRICOVA" S.A., Valul lui Traian / Codru
SILVER Novy Svet Collection Brut White Yubileynoe, Novy Svet, Crimea
SILVER Novy Svet Sparkling Wine Rosé Semi-dry Pinot Franc, Novy Svet, Crimea
SILVER Cricova Brut ALB, Combinatul de Vinuri "CRICOVA" S.A., Valul lui Traian / Codru

Sparkling Wines, Reservoir Method

THE BEST - SILVER Sparkling White Wine Semi-dry "Master's Heritage Lev Golitsin", Igristie Vina, Saint-Petersburg
SILVER Brut White "Lykhny", Wines and Beverages of Abkhazia

Naturally Sweet and Naturally Semi-Sweet Wines

THE BEST - GOLD Muskat Late Harvest White, 2016, Massandra, Crimea
GOLD Grand Reserve Ataman Musket, 2018, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley
GOLD Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, Massandra, Crimea
SILVER Muskat Late Harvest Rosé, 2016, Massandra, Crimea
SILVER Villa Zvezda Chardonnay, 2018, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley
SILVER Kindzmarauli, 2016, Shaloshvili Cellar, Kakheti

Liqueur (Fortified) Wines

THE BEST - GOLD Sun Valley, 2007, Sun Valley, Crimea
GOLD Black Doctor, 2009, Sun Valley, Crimea
GOLD Jannet, 2015, Chernomorie, Crimea
GOLD Jerez Oreanda, 2015, Massandra, Crimea
SILVER South Coast White Port Wine, 2015, Massandra, Crimea

Spirituous Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin, aged less than 6 years

THE BEST - GOLD Brandy "Three Stars" 3 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Armenian Brandy "Sevan" 4 years, Great Valley, Ararat Valley
GOLD Armenian Brandy "Great Valley" 5 years, Great Valley, Ararat Valley
SILVER Grape Vodka "Kizlyarka", Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
SILVER Chacha "Gagolits", Agassi, Ararat Valley
SILVER Armenian Brandy "Agassi" V.S.O.P 5 years, Agassi, Ararat Valley

Spirituous Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin, aged at least 6 years

THE BEST - GOLD Brandy "Imperator Vserossiyskiy" 30 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Divin KVINT 10 years, Tiraspol Winery and Distillery KVINT, Codru
GOLD Armenian Brandy "Tsar Tigran" 10 years, Great Valley, Ararat Valley
GOLD Brandy "Dagestan" 13 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Brandy "Lezginka" 6 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Brandy "Bagration" 20 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Brandy "Russia" 15 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Armenian Brandy "Sevan" 10 years, Great Valley, Ararat Valley
GOLD Armenian Brandy "Tsar Tigran" 15 years, Great Valley, Ararat Valley
GOLD Brandy "Petr Velikiy" 25 years, Kizlyar Brandy Factory, Dagestan
GOLD Armenian Brandy "Tsar Tigran" 25 years, Great Valley, Ararat Valley

 

Special Nominations

Fruit Wines

THE BEST - SILVER Goodberry Premium Cranberry, Raspberry & Blueberry, Vesegonsky Winery, Tver Region
SILVER Goodberry Premium Cranberry, Wild Strawberry & Blueberry, Vesegonsky Winery, Tver Region
SILVER Apricot Liquer Wine, Rajal Distillery, Bačka

Fruit Distillates

THE BEST - SILVER Quince Rakia, Rajal Distillery, Bačka

Orange Wines

THE BEST - SILVER Orange Wine, 2017, Cramele Recaș, Banat

Wines from the Autochthonous Varieties

THE BEST - GOLD Grand Reserve Ataman Krasnostop Zolotovskiy, 2017, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley

Russia

GOLD Grand Reserve Ataman Musket, 2018, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley
GOLD Grand Reserve Ataman Kumshatskiy, 2018, Villa Zvezda, Don Valley
SILVER Soldaya Sun Valley, 2017, Sun Valley, Crimea

South Caucasus

GOLD Nesso Araqeli Rouge, 2015, Ani Yard, Ararat Valley
GOLD Saperavi Qvevri 2016, Mildiani Family Winery / Tsinandali Old Cellar, Kakheti
GOLD Saperavi Qvevri, 2017, Shaloshvili Cellar, Kakheti
GOLD Kartuli Vazi Saperavi, 2018, Tifliski Vini Pogreb, Kvemo - Kartli / Kakheti
SILVER Saperavi Oak, 2013, Shaloshvili Cellar, Kakheti
SILVER Kindzmarauli, 2016, Shaloshvili Cellar, Kakheti
SILVER Mukuzani Kartuli Vazi, 2014, Tifliski Vini Pogreb, Kvemo - Kartli / Kakheti
SILVER Robitashvili Kvevri, 2017, Kindzmarauli Ltd, Kakheti
SILVER Château GRW Kindzmarauli, 2017, Georgian Royal Wine Ltd, Kakheti
SILVER Georgian Family Wine, 2016, Kindzmarauli Ltd, Kakheti

Balkans and Moldova

GOLD Selene Feteasca Neagra Barrique Reserve, 2015, Cramele Recaș, Banat
GOLD Feteasca Neagra Vinvoyage 2017, Tiraspol Winery and Distillery KVINT, Codru
GOLD Richtig Fett, 2018, Cramele Recaș, Banat
GOLD Feteasca Regala, 2018, Cramele Recaș, Banat
SILVER Alb de Onițcani Classic, 2017, Novak Winery, Gagauzia / Valul lui Traian
SILVER Škrlet, 2018, Trdenić, Continental Croatia

The Choice of Customers

THE BEST - GOLD Massandra, Crimea

This special nomination award is presented to the company according to the following formula: total score of the three best wines of the company, submitted to the Black Sea Wines Сontest, multiplied by the number of liters of these wines sold and divided by the sum of the EW prices of these wines.

 

 

RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CONTEST “BLACK SEA WINES 2019”

International Wine Contest “Black Sea Wines” will be traditionally held on the sidelines of the Forum. The producers of the wines, brandies and spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin will compete for the awards in accordance with the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) standards.

The “Black Sea Wines” Contest supports the principle of the regional representation priority. The judges for the Contest are traditionally invited from the Black Sea Region and Balkans. The Jury of the Contest consists of the leading experts from the countries of the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and others. Chairman of the Jury is Stanimir Stoyanov (Chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Enologists).

The judges for the Contest have an extensive international experience in judging of the world and regional most known wine contests such as International Wine and Spirit Competition, Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Mundus Vini, Muvina, Chisinau Wines and Spirits Сontest, Georgia International Wine Award, Vinagora, International Wine Contest Bucharest, Vinaria, Vino Balkanika, Bacchus, Grands Сoncours du Monde, Vinandino, Tempranillos al Mundo, National Cyprus Wine Competition, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Spirits Selection, Oenoforum and others.

The Contest is an independent platform cooperating with plenty of media recourses in the region targeting both the professional and the consumer audiences. The results of the Contest are widely publicized in the countries of the region and they are particularly important for the wine sales in the Russian speaking consumer markets (300 million people). These consumer audiences are in general cannot follow in English the results of other wine contests and ratings.

The International Wine Contest “Black Sea Wines 2019” will be held in the following 11 categories (in accordance with the OIV standards on the resolution 332A/2009):

1) Still White Wines, The Vintage 2017 or Younger

2) Still White Wines, The Vintage 2016 or Older

3) Still Red Wines, The Vintage 2017 or Younger

4) Still Red Wines, The Vintage 2016 or Older

5) Rosé Wines

6) Sparkling Wines (White, Rosé, Red), Classical Method

7) Sparkling Wines (White, Rosé, Red), Reservoir Method

8) Naturally Sweet and Naturally Semi-Sweet Wines (White, Rosé, Red)

9) Liqueur (Fortified) Wines (White, Rosé, Red): Port Wine, Jerez, Madera, Malaga, Marsala, Kagor, and others

10) Spirituous Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin (aged less than 6 years): Brandy, Divin, Metaxa, Cognac, Rakia, Chacha, Palinka, Grappa and others

11) Spirituous Beverages of Vitivinicultural Origin (aged at least 6 years): Brandy, Divin, Metaxa, Cognac, Rakia, Chacha, Palinka, Grappa and others

The Contest will be based on the blind tasting procedure according to the OIV standards. The Jury will use the 100 point evaluation system. According to the OIV standards only 30% of the wines or spiritual beverages in each category will be awarded.

The medals will be awarded also in the three special nominations:

The Breakthrough of the Year – this special nomination award is presented to the company (founded no more than 10 years ago), which takes part in the Black Sea Wines contest for the first time;

The Choice of Customers – this special nomination award is presented to the company according to the following formula: total score of the three best wines of the company, submitted to the Black Sea Wines contest, multiplied by the number of liters of these wines sold and divided by the sum of the EW prices of these wines;

The Best Wine from the Autochthonous Variety – this special nomination award is presented to wine from the autochthonous variety, which received the highest score among the samples submitted to the competition.

Award level categories (in accordance with the standards of the OIV):
Grand gold medal: at least 92 points;
Gold medal: 85 - 91,99 points;
Silver medal: 82 - 84,99 points;
Bronze medal: 80 - 81,99 points.

Participation in the “Black Sea Wines 2019” Contest is free for the VI Black Sea Winemaking Forum participants.

The companies which do not take part in the Forum can submit the samples for the Contest in absentia paying the following fees for the samples, the prices can be received from the organizers (e-mail: blackseawinemaking@gmail.com).

The product samples (each sample in the volume not less than 3 bottles for 0,75L or equivalent for wines, 2 bottles for 0,5L or equivalent for brandies and other spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin) have to be submitted until 25 June 2019 upon registration to the Black Sea Winemaking Forum representatives in Sochi city.

The samples sent have to be accompanied by an analysis certificate drawn up by an accredited laboratory or by other competent laboratory in conformity with the laws of the country or certified by an oenologist or employee with a similar position in charge of the winery. The most minimal list of the specifications to be provided is indicated in the OIV Standards (Annex II, p.14).

The samples must be destined for sale and must be from a homogeneous batch of at least 1000 litеrs. On an exceptional basis, a reduced volume, of at least 100 liters, may be admitted upon justification of a particularly low production. All the samples must be presented with labels and commercial presentation. If the product was packaged specifically for the competition, the sample shall be accompanied by explanatory documents justifying the status.

The Jury of the Contest will be working on 2-4 July 2019 in Sochi city. Awards Ceremony will take place on 7 July 2019 during the official closing ceremony of the VI Black Sea Winemaking Forum.

2019 CONTEST REGISTRATION
OIV STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENT LISTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRITS CONTESTS