Decanter World Wine Awards and IWSC: Piedmont wins 12 gold medals in one of the world's most prestigious wine competitions
Italy wins 28 gold medals in the wine Olympics, the Decanter World Wine Awards. In London at the annual awards ceremony of Decanter at the London International Wine Fair, May 20-22 ,2013. Piedmont, the king of Barolo, was crowned with the highest number of gold medals for any single typology of wine. The Savoy region, however, is the runner-up for total medals received in Italy with a total of seven, first place being Tuscany with 14 prestigious recognitions. Following are Veneto and Sardinia with two labels, and Abruzzo, Umbria, and Sicily with one each.
Piedmont confirms its reputation for being a land of absolute wine excellence, where Barolo is still in the lead for international wine drinkers, and the wine for which Piedmont is best-known. Total gold medals for the "Bel Paese" have, overall, lowered from 31 to 28. From Piedmont's paltry earnings in 2012, winning not a single gold award, seven top awards in 2013 is quite an accomplishment. Piedmont also won four Regional Trophies, recognizing important Italian labels, wineries, and bottlers; Italy as a whole won 15 (winning 6 in 2012).
During the London fair, Piedmont won other recognitions, as well. The IWSC awards (International Wine and Spirits Competition) was held contemporaneously with the Decanter awards, another awards ceremony dedicated to tracking down and awarding the best wines in the world. Five Barolo and Barbaresco wines won the gold, Luigi Arnulfo, Damiliano, Ascheri, and Marchesi di Gresy.
Gold medals for Piedmont
Borgogno Francesco Vigneti Brunate 2008 Barolo, Piemonte
Clavesana 2012 Dolcetto di Dogliani, Piemonte, Italy
Franco Serra 2006 Barolo Riserva, Piemonte
Massolino Parussi 2009 Barolo, Piemonte
Patrizi 2008 Barolo, Piemonte
Sordo Rocche di Castiglione 2008 Barolo, Piemonte
Rosso del Piemonte oltre le 15 sterline - G.D. Vajra Kyè Freisa 2009 Langhe, Piemonte
Barolo oltre le 15 sterline - Gemma Giblin 2006 Barolo Riserva, Piemonte
Barbera oltre le 15 sterline - Scarzello 2009 Barbera d'Alba Superiore, Piemonte
Rosso del Piemonte sotto le 15 sterline - Veglio 2011 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Piemonte
Costa di Bussia Luigi Arnulfo Barolo DOCG 2007
Damilano Barolo Cannubi DOCG 2006
Martinenga Camp Gros Barbaresco DOCG 2006 Tenuta Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy
Tesco Finest* Barolo DOCG 2009 Ascheri
Martinenga Barbaresco DOCG 2008 Tenuta Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy