According the website, the goals of the competition are:
- To support the production of high quality wines based on Tempranillo.
- To support the quality measures undertaken by Tempranillo producers throughout the world.
- To showcase the diversity and richness of Tempranillo currently being made.
- To encourage a quality approach in the organisation of qualitative wine competitions by improving tasters’ knowledge of Tempranillo.
- To contribute with the popularization and the expansion of wine and its culture.
However, the price to compete is not cheap. For 180 Euros per sample, a producer must send in 6 bottles of their competing wine to Cologne by May 10th. Upon the start of the competition, each wine will be placed in one of 18 different categories. Within each category, the wines will be awarded to the top three producers based on a 100 point scale:
- First Place: Great Golden Tempranillo 100 to 96 points
- Second Place: Golden Tempranillo 95 to 88 points
- Third Place: Silver Tempranillo 87 to 83 points
I, personally, am excited for this competition. Why? Living in Spain, Tempranillo wines can be found a dime a dozen, similar to California Chardonnays in the States – making it difficult to recognize the best from the decent. An international competition that brings in wines from countries such as Argentina, Chili, Uruguay, USA, Mexico, Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco and South Africa allows for not only more diversity, but also recognition to fabulous producers who are rarely recognized next to the Rioja giants.
We will post the results of the competition when they come in, so stay tuned!