Spanish Winery Wins Grand Gold at 2014 Bulk Wine Competition


Dark and sweet won the day.
Spanish winery Mamerto de la Vara's “dark, sweet liquor wine” took home the Grand Gold Medal at the 2014 World Bulk Wine Exhibition earlier this month in Amesterdam, the Netherlands. 
According to Mamerto's website, the winemakers have been in business since 1940 and are in their third generation of family winemaking. 
This year's competition featured more than 100 wines from across the world. A panel of international judges handed out medals in the Grand Gold, Gold and Silver categories. Competition rules stated that the number of medals awarded could not exceed 30 percent of the event's total entries.
According to an official list of winners obtained from World Bulk Wines' Laura Muñoz, 30 wines received awards. 
The judging panel handed out one Grand Gold, 14 Gold and 15 Silver medals. Each wine, according to the event's rules, was taken from a sample of at least 10,000 liters of wine.
Italian winery Rudolf Keller and French winery Raphel Michel were the only wineries in the competition to win double golds. Keller grabbed their double gold for the winery's dark red wine and fruity dark red wine. Michel doubled up for its VDF Colombard and Cotes du Rhone.
Spanish wineries led the way with six gold medals (including the Grand Gold), while French wineries won four golds and Italian wineries won three golds. In total, five countries won gold medals.
The Silver division of the competition was more diverse, with winners from seven different countries. Italy won the most silver medals, taking home five awards for five different wines: a Chardonnay, a Syrah Rosso, a Negroamaro/Merlot, and a white wine.
Chilean wines grabbed four silver medals at the exhibition, followed by two silvers for France and one silver apiece for Spain, Romania, Australia and New Zealand.
Romania's lone winner was Jidvei's 2014 Chardonnay. The winery announced the win on the company's Facebook page.
According to Jidvei's website, the Chardonnay is “straw yellowish” and reminds its winemakers of “fragrances of freshly mowed hay and its taste which resembles fresh butter enchants our senses. Distinguishes itself by delicacy, finesse, freshness and harmony.”
Wold Bulk Wine Exhibition Organizing Committee President Otilia Romero de Condes Carpallo and directors Jose Luis Murcia Garcia and Francisco Javier Escobar de la Torre oversaw the event and verified the final winners.

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