I just returned from Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany where I participated in the judging of the MUNDUSvini BioFach International Organic Wine Awards. There were 555 wines from 18 countries entered in the event, with the majority hailing from Italy, followed by Spain and Germany. The 42 judges came from 17 countries.
Divided into groups, each section tasted over 100 of the wines over a two day period. After filling out tasting notes on each wine, they were scored on a 100 point scale and capable of winning Grand Gold, Gold or Silver medals.
In addition to meeting some great wine people from around the world, we had a wonderful at dinner Hofgut Ruppertsberg, a restaurant that grows their own organic produce and raises many of their animals, and toured the nearby Weingut A. Christmann, a member of the VDP association.
The awards will be handed out at BioFach 2011 (World Organic Trade Fair) which is held in Nürnberg this February. Many thanks to all our gracious hosts, and organizers Susanne Denzer and Daniela Mattern.