Aussie wine still among the world’s best
When it comes to award-winning wine production, Australia is only one drop from the top according to the results of a prestigious global contest.
At the London International Wine Fair, Australia was ranked behind only France out of 48 countries entered in the International Wine Challenge (IWC), taking out 61 gold medals and more than 1000 awards.
Australian label Wolf Blass proved a highlight among competing winemakers, taking four gold medals with its Black Label 2006, Gold Label Riesling 2008, Platinum Label Shiraz 2007, and Yellow Label Shiraz 2009.
"There is significant commercial advantage for wines bearing the IWC logo and medal recognition," event director Chris Ashton said.
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"The competition generates considerable global media coverage for all IWC award-winners, and this in turn increases sales by strengthening a wine’s credibility with consumers."
France took the challenge’s first place with 1,932 medals, followed by Australia (1,070 medals) and Italy (979).
The winning wines were each tasted by panels drawn from over 400 experienced judges.
A full list of winning wines can be found at www.internationalwinechallenge.com .