Carmenère shines bright with 33 gold awards

This year's Carmenère al Mundo tasting saw a bumper 33 gold trophies for the top wines tasted

Ever since Carmenère was discovered in Chile in 1994, the country has been the world's top producer of this once-forgotten Bordeaux variety. Chile has the world's largest vineyard plantings of Carmenère (which was mistaken for Merlot for many years) and is a leader in quality.

For the fifth year running, Chile's National Association of Agronomists and Winemakers (ANAIE) organised the Carmenère al Mundo competition where all the top Carmenere wines from Chile are judged in a blind tasting by a panel of experts and awarded medals according to their quality and expression.

This year 33 gold awards were announced, and 14 silver awards, with Carmenere wines coming from all over Chile's wine regions and many different producers.

"Running a single variety competition is a challenge, but at ANAIE we believe that Carmenère is the emblematic variety for our country and we should show with profesionalism that we believe in wines with identity, that speak of Chile and open a window so that the world can take notice of the rich viticulture in our country," said Eugenio Lira, President of ANIAE.

"We are proud to have just completed our latest edition of Carmenère al Mundo, a competition that validates the sustainable development and consolidation of this variety that Chile has," said Hernan Amenabar, President of the competition. "Each year the average scores are higher, and our international judges give more and more recognition to the variety."

With Carmenère Day just around the corner, there's even more excuse to raise a glass of this unique wine!

By Amanda Barnes

To see the full list of winners, click here.