Italian wines were awarded more medals than any other country at the 2022 competition: 9 Best in Show (following France who received 10), 24 Platinum and 114 Gold medals, with Central and Southern Italy gaining ground. Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige and Val d’Aosta stood out with top awards highly exceeding 2021 results.
Sardinia and Sicily saw success with Best in Show wins, though it was Tuscany, once again, to be awarded the majority of Italy’s Best in Show results, its best performance to date with 4 four Best in Show medals. Good performances for other Central and Southern regions as Marche with 2 Platinum and 3 Gold medals, Campania with one Best in Show, 2 Platinum and 3 Gold, Abruzzo who won its second-ever Platinum medal, and Emilia Romagna with a surprising 3 Platinum medals for the first time.
This year's Decanter World Wine Awards topped again a record-breaking total of wines tasted, with 18,244 wines judged from 54 countries. Across two weeks, almost 250 international wine experts, including 41 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers, awarded 50 Best in Show, 163 Platinum, 678 Gold, 5,900 Silver and 8,074 Bronze medals. «The Decanter World Wine Awards is something really special – said Sarah Jane Evans, Master of Wine and judge, about the results – We pay huge attention to the wines we have, each one we approach like one of the family in the sense that we really care for it, study it and then rate it as it is now. You know that what you're doing is having a big discussion about who's going to enjoy it later».
As to the top credits, Friuli Venezia Giulia's winemakers took home an overall 3 platinum medals and 8 golden ones, 125 silver medals and 94 bronze ones.
Our business partners performed very well. Among those who submitted their wines for judgement at the DWWA 2022, Cantina Rauscedo was by far the most successful. They won a silver medal (with a 92 points score) for their red wine “Villamanin” 2016, a blend of Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso (60%) and Merlot (40%). They also won 3 bronze medals: for their white wine “Sauvignon” 2020 Venezia Giulia (with a 88 points score, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc), for their white wine “Aromatico Traminer” 2020 Tre Venezie (with a 87 points score, a 100% Traminer) and for their rosé Prosecco “Rosé Brut” 2020 (with a 87 points score, a blend of 85% Prosecco and 15% Pinot Nero).
Cantina Produttori di Cormòns went silver too, with their sweet white wine “Harmo Malvasia” 2019, scoring 92 points for a wine that's 100% Malvasia Istriana, a native vine variety. And, last but not least, Sancin brought home a bronze medal for their white wine “Granpensiero” 2019, scoring 88 points for a pure 100% Chardonnay.
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