Launch of the 2011 Challenge International du Vin


We’ve come a long way baby – since the “Judgement of Paris” wine tasting in 1976!

On April 8 and 9, 2011 will be the 35th year of “the Challenge International du Vin which will take place in Bordeaux.  Over 5,000 wines from 38 countries will be tasted by 900 professionals but the jury also will include knowledgeable consumers.   Each jury consists of 4 tasters with different, but complementary profiles. These “quartets” make the Challenge absolutely unique.

Tasters are selected according to their wine background and the type of wine to be tasted:

Producers (winegrowers, cellar masters, vineyard managers, etc.)

Technicians (oeoenologists, viticulture and winemaking teachers, etc.)

Distributors (brokers, négociants, sommeliers, wine shop owners, etc.)

Buyers (well-informed consumers, graduates of the DUAD tasting course at Bordeaux University, members of a wine club, etc.)

Wine from every vintage and all over the world

Registration is open by post or on-line from 15 December 2010 to 25 January 2011. Registered producers from around the world will be able to enter their regular wines, special wines, mistelles, and wine-based brandies. All vintages are accepted, with the proviso that they must already be in bottle.

Samples sent by contestants can be accepted until the 4th of February. However, producers who wish to ship their wines via the Challenge’s forwarding agent can only be received from the 17th to the 28th of January.


Medals with the effigy of Bacchus and special prizes 3medals

Other than gold, silver, and bronze medals, special prizes will also be awarded to medal winners: prizes for organic wines, Swiss wines, etc.

After validating the eligibility of the 2011 Challenge International award-winning wines (to make sure they respect all the competition’s requisite parameters), the results will be posted on-line on 15 April.

The Challenge International du Vin’s rules and regulations are available in French, English, and Spanish at: Information: (+33 (0)5 57 68 25 66 –

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