Best Wines in the World judged at International Wine Challenge 2020

The International Wine Challenge, the world’s most influential and rigorously judged wine competition, has announced its 30 best wines
Adam Wadewitz is the senior winemaker at Tolpuddle vineyard in SA that won the Champion White Trophy in the International Wine Challenge 2020 for its 2018 Chardonnay

A Chardonnay from South Australia, Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, has beaten wines from over 50 countries to be awarded the Champion White Trophy.

The wine was entered as part of the 2020 International Wine Challenge competition.

Australia was one of the highest performing countries, with four wines included in the 30 best list.

Winners from fourteen countries were named the top wines having proven themselves to be the absolute finest in their categories following an intensive blind-tasting.

Six of these outstanding wines have been named Champion winners by the International Wine Challenge Co-Chairs, a group of six of the very best wine tasters in the world.

For the first time in the history of the International Wine Challenge, a Georgian producer, Tbilvino, was awarded the 2020 Champion Red Wine.

Its wine was made from the indigenous grape variety Saperavi. 

New Zealand has also cemented its reputation as a world-class red wine producing country with a Pinot Noir and a Syrah making it into the list.

Coal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir 2018 from Central Otago was awarded both the New Zealand Red Trophy and Sustainable Trophy.

While Church Road 1 Syrah 2017 beat Syrah from all over the world to be named International Syrah Trophy winner.

Church Road made the best 30 list twice with Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay taking home the New Zealand White Trophy.

South Africa’s entries in the best 30 highlights the diversity of white wines currently being produced in the country with the Elgin Chardonnay 2018 from Boschendal Wines scooping the South African White Trophy. 

Groot Constantia Wine Estate’s Sauvignon Blanc 2019 won the International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy, the first time in ten years that the award hasn’t been won by either the Loire or New Zealand.

Co-chair of the event, Helen McGinn had this to say, “What sets the International Wine Challenge apart from any other global wine competition is the overtly democratic way in which the wines are judged.

“We pride ourselves in having expert judges from all areas of the industry who taste the wines, giving each wine the very best chance to be judged as fairly as possible.” Helen concluded.

30 Best Wines in the World as judged by the International Wine Challenge 2020:

PortugalJustino’s Madeira Terrantez 1978, Justino’s MadeiraChampion of Champions
AustraliaTolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, Tolpuddle VineyardChampion White
FranceTaittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc des Blancs Brut 2008, Champagne TaittingerChampion Sparkling
GeorgiaSaperavi 2018, TbilvinoChampion Red
HungaryRoyal Tokaji 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2016, Royal Tokaji BorászatiChampion Sweet
PortugalBulas Vintage Port 2017, Bulas Family EstatesChampion Fortified
ArgentinaApelación de Origen Paraje Altamira 2018, Terrazas de los AndesArgentinian Red Trophy
AustraliaCoonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, St HugoAustralian Red Trophy
AustraliaMorris Old Rare Liqueur Premium Topaque, Morris WinesAustralian Fortified Trophy
AustraliaLake Cooper Well Rhapsody Shiraz 2019, Lake Cooper EstateAustralian Shiraz Trophy
AustriaRied Gottschelle 1ÖTW Erste Lage Kremstal Reserve Grüner Veltliner 2018, Petra UngerAustrian White Trophy
AustriaRiesling Ried Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1ötw Kamptal 2019, Weingut Birgit EichingerInternational Riesling Trophy
ChinaSyrah 2017, Ningxia Helanshan Manor Wine ChinaChinese Red Trophy
EnglandClassic Cuvée 2010, NyetimberEnglish Sparkling Trophy
FranceClos de la Roche Grand Cru 2017, Edouard DelaunayFrench Red Trophy, International Pinot Noir Trophy
FranceChablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2017, La ChablisienneFrench White Trophy
GermanyKirchenstück Hochheim Riesling Trocken GG 2019, Domdechant Werner´sches WeingutGerman White Trophy
ItalyBalciana 2017, SartarelliItalian White Trophy
ItalyVin Santo del Chianti Riserva Colmano 2000, Azienda Agricola Colmano di Piero MasiItalian Sweet Trophy
ItalyCarminium 2016, Inama Azienda AgricolaItalian Red Trophy
New ZealandCoal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir 2018, Coal Pit WineNew Zealand Red Trophy, Sustainable Trophy
New ZealandChurch Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Church RoadNew Zealand White Trophy
New ZealandChurch Road 1 Syrah 2017, Church RoadInternational Syrah Trophy
PortugalFonte do Ouro Encruzado 2019, Sociedade Agrícola Boas QuintasPortuguese White Trophy
PortugalTyto Alba 2016, Companhia das LezíriasPortuguese Red Trophy
South AfricaBoschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2018, Boschendal WinesSouth African White Trophy
South AfricaGroot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Groot Constantia Wine EstateInternational Sauvignon Blanc Trophy
SpainLegaris Moradillo de Roa 2016, Raventós CodorníuSpanish Red Trophy
SpainGranbazan Limousin 2017, Agro de BazánSpanish White Trophy
SpainLustau Oloroso V.O.R.S 30 Years, Emilio LustauSherry Trophy

The full list of award winners in the 2020 International Wine Challenge released on 26 November can be seen here.

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