2011 was a triumphant year for Chile, with Chilean wineries earning a record total of 206 gold medals in ten prominent wine competitions, according to Vitis Magazine.
Viñas Casa Silva and Casas del Bosque topped the list of medalists, accompanied by Sol del Chile.
Other leading vineyards mentioned by Vitis include Emiliana, Luis Felipe Edwards, Terranoble, Casas Patronales, Los Boldos, Carmen, and Viu Manent.
Compared to 2010’s gold medal awards, red wines – especially Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Carignan – gained popularity, receiving 86% of the prizes, compared to 75% the previous year.
“This phenomenon proves that styles have greatly diversified and that winemakers are increasingly focused on producing terroir wines, not only monovarietals,” writes Vitis author and editor Eduardo Brethauer R.
“In addition, non-traditional varieties like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot,
and Carignan made quite an entrance. Merlot and Chardonnay, two very strong players in the past, closed the year with a warning: they urgently need a fashion emergency intervention to help them find their identity once and for all.”
International wine competitions considered by Vitis in these statistics are Catad’or, Mondial de Bruxelles, Japan Wine Challenge, Chardonnay du Monde, Citadelles du Vin, Challenge International du Vin, Vinalies International, Vinitaly, International Wine & Spirit, and International Wine Challenge.
A significant improvement over 2010 was especially evident in Catad’or, where the number of medals rose to 116 from 58. In Mondial de Bruxelles, however, the number of gold medals fell to 45 from 76.
Overall, earning an unprecedented 206 medals represents great success and progress for Chile, showing that Chilean wine increasingly shines on the international stage.
“In 2010, we broke the psychological 200-medal barrier just as we were celebrating our 200 years of independence,” writes Brethauer. “This year we exceeded ourselves. Chilean wines are strengthening their presence at the most important international world competitions with proven variety and consistency.”
For a complete list of gold medals and statistics, visit Vitis.
Congratulations to all Chilean medalists!