April 14th to 16th, 2012
The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde
Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
Entries and information : Press contact :
STRASBOURG EVENEMENTS
Christine COLLINS, Project Manager
Téléphone : +33 (3) 88 37 21 23
Fax : +33 (3) 88 37 37 95
7 place Adrien Zeller – BP 256/R7
67007 STRASBOURG Cedex
France
Congress Center Strasbourg (France)
www.portail-vins-du-monde.com
DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012
The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde
Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
3 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting days
A prestigious and essential Patronage
The Union de la Sommellerie Française
The Union des Oenologues de France
A worldwide dimension for 3 grape varieties with
16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !
The competition : the observance of the tasting protocol
Focus on Slovakia and the Matyšák Winery
Focus on Paulett Wines in Australia
The agenda
Annex I
Annex II
SUMMARY
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The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde,
Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
For the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements, founder of the Grands Concours, gathers
for the third and consecutive time the 3 grape varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris and
Gewurztraminer.
The number of registred competitors is : 16 countries take part into the competitions !
In term of professional experience, the jurors involved in Strasbourg during those 3 days,
are the best and the most famous within the wine world.
Actually the national and international members of the juries are stemming of vine
growing, oenology or wine–waitering and will taste and mark 250 wineries which
represent 801 wine samples.
Worldwide wine growers will try to have their productions rewarded what will authorize
them to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to their bottles : Great Gold Medal, Gold
Medal or Silver Medal.
The Riesling du monde is celebrating its 15th edition and still shares the same priviledge
with the 2 other grape varieties, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, that of being planted and
cultivated all over the world !
Out of the 3 grape varieties, 2 have created a new challenge within the 2012 competition !
Riesling and Pinot Gris go on with presenting samples of still wines but can also propose
samples of sparkling wines !
* Strasbourg Événements runs the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès and the Parc des Expositions of Strasbourg.
It organises its own events for the general public such as la Foire Européenne (230 000 visitors) – Maisons de
Printemps, Home and decoration Exhibition – Tourissimo, Tourism and Leisure Exhibition – Cook Show, Gastronomy
and Arts de la Table Exhibition – St’art, European Fair for Contemporary Art- and for the professionals such as
Egast (The Exhibition for Gastronomy, Equipment, Agribusiness and services which gathers more than 30 000
professionals) Strasbourg Événements yearly manages 400 events what represents also more than 800 000
visitors !
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3 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting days
For the third consecutive year the 3 competitions will take place simultaneously and
in the same place what shows the rigorous organization and follow up capacities and
competences of Strasbourg Événements.
THE RIESLING
Originally from the Rhine and Moselle Valley, Riesling is a grape
variety which offers a large panel of high quality wines. Considered
and recognized as one of the best white grape varieties in the
world, it is a dry , thoroughbred wine with overtones of delicate
fruit. Famous throughout the world, it represents 23% of the
Alsacian vineyard.
THE Pinot Gris
Originally from Burgundy and cultivated above all in Alsace, the
Pinot Gris belongs to the family of powerful and expressive wines
what makes it one of the most enjoyed grape varieties in the
world; It has been developping in France and represents now 13%
of the Alsatian vineyards.
THE Gewurztraminer
Originally from Alsace, this type of wine has quickly crossed the
Rhine to conquer Germany and Austria. It is a pink grape with
white juice with a high sugar content. It gives a wine a fruity,
floral nose with strong spicy overtones. The main production is
achieved within Europe and represents in Alsace 18% of the whole
vineyard.
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A prestigious and essential Patronage
Patronage of the OIV
2011 was the year of the recognition : the Grands Concours du Monde now belong to
the Great wine competitions of international fame. In order to reach its goal, Strasbourg
Événements has complied with the strict rules of the international competitions and the
prestigious patronage has been renewed for the 2012 edition by the OIV.
Mr Ralf Anselmann, Expert Commissioner and representative of the organization, will
supervise the Grands Concours du Monde in accordance with the OIV’s strict rules.
Thanks to those official checks and supervision, Strasbourg Evenements can guarantee a
worldwide recognition to the competitors.
The rewarded ones will be authorized to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to their
bottles : Great Gold Medal, Gold Medal and Silver Medal.
www.oiv.int
2012 is also the edition ot the brand new visual identity for the Great Gold Medals !
* The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation which currently includes 45 Member States and wields
considerable influence in all areas of wine growing and production. Its aim is to foster the harmonisation of
practices and the creation of new international directives in such a way as to facilitate all procedures in the
wine market but also to take the needs of everyone involved into account. Deeply involved in the wine world,
the OIV is also the organiser of major annual world conferences and, since 1930, has rewarded the best
publications devoted to the vine sector.
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The Union de la Sommellerie Française
The Union de la Sommellerie Française* has carried over its partnership with Strasbourg
Événements regarding the 2012’s Grands Concours du Monde.
This association, which aims to promote, support, develop, improve and protect the winewaiter
profession and activity, brings an additionnal guarantee of the tasters’competences
and grants a valued credibility to the winners.
During the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements welcomes many representatives of the
UDSF, what confirms the Union interest towards the Grands Concours du Monde.
Serge Dubs, Best Sommelier in the World 1989 and vice president of the A.S.I. board
(Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) is one of the tasters and jurors.
Nicola Mattana, Best Sommelier of Switzerland and Gérard Guyon, Best Sommelier of
Luxemburg will be members of the juries.
10 members of the Association of Alsatian Sommeliers will also judge the samples, what
shows the increasing interest of the official wine authorities in the Grands Concours du
monde.
www.sommelier-France.org
It should be noted that, as usual, the wine stewards are students – “Sommellerie course”
of the Lycée Hôtelier Alexandre Dumas of Illkirch ; they will be supervised by their teacher,
Mr Antoine Woerlé, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.
* The Union de la Sommellerie Française is a non-profit making association which aims to unite regional
associations of wine waiters, to harmonise the activities of the regional associations with a view to developing
and improving the profession of wine. Waiter, to promote the profession of wine waiter, to uphold and promote
the ethical code of this profession and to protect the image of French wine waiting. The UDSF currently has
more than 1,300 members and incorporates 21 regional associations, thanks to which it organises tastings and
seminars, while also taking part in training workshops for young wine waiters. At its major conferences, which
bring together a considerable part of its membership, the UDSF awards «golden grapes» to the best master
wine waiters, a reward that testifies to a remarkable professional career.
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The Union des OEnologues de France
(the union of french OEnologists)
The motto is : “The more we share, the more we gather“ !
The Union des OEnologues de France, founded in 1959 is the
professional union in charge of the recognition and the protection
of the oenologist profession dealing directly with ministeries and
international organizations.
The Union composed by oenologists among with its chairman Cyril
Payon, gathers up to now 1 600 members dispatched throughout
the French territory in 8 offices (Alsace, Bordeaux Western-South, Bourgogne Eastern
Center, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Paris North-Normandia, Valley of the Rhône-
Provence-Corsica and Loire Valley).
Directly involved in the
“Consumer, safety-environment, wine quality” trio
The oenologist acts as an expert in planification and cultivation of vineyards.
He is involved in technological research for materials and equipments used within the
wineries. He advices the wine grower regarding wine making, selection, preservation,
ageing and bottling of wine. He is in charge of proceeding with the necessary chemical,
physical and bacteriological analysis. He will be able to taste during his whole life the
wines he will have followed up and elaborated.
Know-how in tasting
The oenologists take part into the development of the wine–producing sector in France
and throughout the world. L’U.OE.F. remains committed to making tasting the expertise of
the oenologist’s activity. In order to transmit its tasting know-how and expertise, the U.OE.F.
proposes to the general public training and wine tasting sessions. Its noticeable tasting
room is the dedicated place to maintain the high level of competences of the oenologists
members and also to enable wine tastings for wine lovers and the general public. The
U.OE.F. organises a lot of famous tasting competitions such as les Vinalies®, les Vinalies®
vins de hautes expressions Internationales and Le Mondial du Rosé®, the only ISO9001 version
2008-AFNOR worldwide certified competition dedicated to the worldwide Rosés.
Contacts :
Union des OEnologues de France 21-23, rue de Croulebarbe
75013 Paris Tél. : 01 58 52 20 20 – Fax : 01 58 52 20 30
Website : www.oenologuesdefrance.fr
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Pinot Gris
du monde
Gewurztraminer
du monde
Riesling
du monde
A worldwide dimension for 3 grape varieties
with 16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !
15th
edition 7th
edition 5th
edition
From 14th to 16th of April 2012
at the Congress Center Strasbourg
250
801
16
wines producers
samples
among with
represented countries
366 Riesling 216 Pinot Gris 219 Gewurztraminer
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The competition : the observance of the tasting protocol
Strasbourg Événements :
A professional and precise organization
for an irreproachable tasting.
The very strict tasting rules require the jurors to be unfailingly impartial in their judgement.
The tasters will be required not only to taste but also to describe and comment on
the wines according to the following criteria:
• The visual aspect
• The olfactive aspect
• The impression on the palate
• The overall impression
• The particular uniqueness and character
of the product
The whole criteria are then reported and registred
through a numerical process thanks to
an electronic device : the Palm Pocket
The Grands Concours du Monde are delighted that their invitation has been accepted
by nearly 60 professionals around the world (qualified tasters, oenologists, wine waiters,
wine growers, etc.), selected throughout the world according to their experience and
competences. Most of them are also experts for other OIV supported competitions.
We notice this year, more American experts.
They will be divided up over 7 tables, the table will be made up of 3 French and 4 foreign
tasters.
So, a majority of foreign tasters is secured for each table.
Each jury will taste the three grape varieties every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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From the following countries are coming the professional guests
belonging to the wine world :
18 countries are represented :
Belgium • Canada • Czech Republic • France
Germany • Hungary • Italy • Luxembourg • Slovenia
South Africa • Switzerland • USA.
Australia • Austria • Canada • Czech Republic • France
Germany • Hungary • Italy • New-Zeland • Romania
Slovakia • Slovenia • South Africa • Spain • Switzerland • USA.
… as oenologists, wine waiters, wine growers, importators, specialized journalists.
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Focus on Slovakia and the Matyšák Winery
Slovakia’s vineyards and the Matyšák story
Slovakia, a rich wine background.
Slovakia is home to almost 400 active winemakers producing variety or branded quality
wines with protected geographic indication and attribute wines with protected indication
of origin from the 19 634 hectares of vineyards in 390 municipalities in 6 main wine regions.
Nitrianska – Nitra wine region can be considered as the most miscellaneous with the highest number of each other
distinct – but locally specific vineyards with a number of diverse grape varieties planted on 3 884 hectares.
Stredoslovenská – Central Slovakian wine region comprise of 2 320 hectares of mainly less than 1 hectare single vineyards
located in warm area between Hont and Gemer. Wines are distinguished by higher and more persistent aromatic quality
what is considered as one of the main characteristics of the region.
Východoslovenská – Eastern Slovakian wine region has 1 733 hectares of vineyards planted on the slopes of volcanic
mountain range Vihorlat and on the undulated edge of the East Slovakian lowland in the southern parts.
Južnoslovenská – Southern Slovakian wine region situated north from river Danube. It is warmest part of Slovakia and
4 903 hecatares of registered vineyards are planted on loess uplands, sporadically on fat, silty clay soils with good water
holding, which are suitable for growing of black grape varieties.
Tokaj wine region consists of 1 357 hectares of registered vineyards in 7 tokaj municipalities planted with Tokaj grape
varieties Furmint, Lipovina and Muškát Žltý.
Malokarpatská – Lesser Carpathian wine region is located in the southwestern part of Slovakia, where the vines are
grown for more than three thousand years. Vineyards are planted on the slopes and plains of the Lesser Carpathian
mountain range and in locality Záhorie on the surface of 5 588 hectares. The wine landscape with the significant position
of the Riesling grape variety is the following : for the main grape varieties : 21% Veltliner, 15% Riesling Italico, 12% Muller
Thurgau, 8% Saint Laurent, 7%Pinot Blanc and 5% White Riesling …
Wine from Lesser Carpathian wine region is a product obtained exclusively by total or
partial fermentation of grapes or grape must, which originates in this region. Grapes
are achieving high sugar content, wines are full bodied, with intensive taste aned with
pleasant level of acidity, suitable for longer cellar maturation.
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Harmonious connection of sun light, mountain, river, substantial soil and dedicated work
of people is creating wines you’ll favor for its refreshing lightness, pleasure, honesty.
Carpathians this is the place of the following family story…
Once upon a time…in the Slovakian Bacchus world !
Pezinok, situated 18 kms to the north-east of Bratislava, is located in the Little Carpathians
where the soil is a combination of sand, rock and clay, which provides a fertile winegrowing
area.
Peter Matyšák, vintner and winemaker, represents
a true family firm : Víno Matyšák – has taken up the
viticultural tradition of Pezinok*; Peter with his wife
Katarína, and their son and daughter, Marek and
Kristína, have been producing a high-quality variety
of wines since 1990.
The Matyšák’own financial initiative, family vinticulture traditions, the hard and honest
work have been the assets that have ranked the Matyšák firm among the most distinguished
wine producers in the Slovak Republic in the past few years.
Actually, “Peter started as a waiter, later on in the end of 80ths he starts production of
really at home made pâtés, sold in a small shop stand (booth) on the street oposite to
hospital. Later on in 90ths he started the production of a basic bulkwine, offered on the
tap in cheap taverns, mostly his owns. Later he engaged as employee skilled oenologist
Mrs Gabika Vojtekova and together they pushed the winery in Pezinok to the top quality in
Slovakia. It was about 7 years ago.” tells one his friends, Dr Lubos Barta, czech wine expert
and journalist.
2005 Peter Matyšák opened the Hotel Matyšák in Pražská
street, Bratislava. This restaurant is directly adjacent to a fortymeter
long archive wine cellar (built in 1904) capable of storing
forty-five thousand bottles of archive wines which have been
produced since 1994.
Another typical wine restaurant, Vinum Galéria Bozen,was
opened in Pezinok, in the family´s own 300-year old vintner´s
house in Holuby Street (Holubyho ulica).
“Peter is like a vulcan – he still creates something new !”
confirms Dr Lubos Barta.
Peter Mat yšák
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2006 Vino Matyšák has expanded the wine processing plant (the press and the cooling
tanks) and storage capacity, which will enable careful processing of grapes and the
subsequent filtering and clarification of the must.
Some years ago Mrs Vojtekova retires, forwarding the
job of main enologist and chief of the laboratory to Mr
Jaro Zak, who is the head winemaker there. “But Peter
Matyšák is still the main boss and decision maker
about wines as well as about new projects”, precises
Mr Lubos Barta.
Peter Matyšák runs 12 popular “Vinothéques” selling
the whole range of his wines starting at cheap bulk wine
on the tap till premium wines winning international
competitions like Vinalies Int., Bacchus, Vinitaly, awc –
viena , Finger Lakes USA, etc.
The firm aims through all their activities at raising the
level of wine culture in Slovakia, and it also represents
a model of the abilities of Slovakian people in this field
abroad.
Regarding the 2012 Edition of the “Grands Concours du monde des vins”, Matyšák Vino
presents samples in the Riesling and the Gewurztraminer grape varieties…the fairy tale
may go on…wait and taste!
*In the 17th and 18th century Pezinok experienced its biggest boom and was one of the richest towns in the
Hungarian Empire. Its fame and wealth were based on the production of high-quality wines.)
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Focus on Paulett Wines Australia
About 1 ½ hours drive north from Adelaide is the
beautiful Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare
Valley, home to Neil and Alison Paulett and their
winery. Neil Paulett, graduated from the Roseworthy
OEnology course in 1971, discovered in 1981 with his
wife that valley and what is now their property. The
property had remained in the same family’s hands
from the 1860’s until its purchase in 1983.
The area is blessed with a climate ideal for premium
grape growing and the combination of consistently
good winter rains, hot summers tempered by cool
nights and a long ripening period produces grapes of
exceptional flavours and balance.
“Our vineyards in the sub region Polish Hill River are
at some of the highest altitudes in the Clare Region
leading to slow and even ripening that in turn gives
us quite elegant and fine wines with wonderful varietal
impressions and a strong underlying acid backbone.” describes Mrs Alison Paulett,
General Manager of the Paulett wines.
The property has expanded from the initial 47 hectares to 147 hectares and the on-going
vineyard development now sees 25 hectares under vine. There is a substantial portion of
Shiraz and Cabernet vines over 70 years of age and Riesling of 35 years and this their treasured
resource makes up the back bone of the super premium red and white, the Andreas
Shiraz and Antonina Riesling (Shiraz not produced every year, & Riesling yet to be produced)
after these original settler family members.
Trillians Sparkling wine is quite a young wine.
“Our first production of our Sparkling Riesling was in 1991. In this year we had surplus
Riesling grapes to our Polish hill River Riesling label requirements and the decision was
easily made to make our Sparkling.
Another winery in the Clare Valley had been producing their own Sparkling Riesling for
some years – a wine that we had enjoyed and one we wanted to produce for our own label.
The Clare Valley is considered the Home of Riesling in Australia and we felt this would
help raise the varieties profile in highlighting the wonderful diversity of the grape.” tells
Alison Paulett.
“It is someting quiet different on the domestic wine market and the consumers appreciate
it!” notices Alison, that is why around 90% of that sparkling wine is sold to Australians.
Niel and Alison Pau let
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That wine need a particular attention from Neil, Alison
and their son Matthew who is now the Vineyard
Manager and his ability to nurture both old vines
and new is paying dividends.The exceptional quality
of fruit produced is raising the standard of the
wines even further.
Examples ot that rigorous follow up are followings :
“The wine is vinified from some of our early pickings and
fermented to dryness. Our Cuvee selection is based on the
flavours, elegance and balance of the wines. We do not complete
the secondary fermentation ourselves; this is done
under our supervision at a nearby contract bottling facility.
Our first two bottlings were produced using the traditional
method. The wines were lovely and very long living however
we felt that extended maturation on lees in bottle was
masking the flavours of the grape. We wanted the wine to
express ‘Riesling’ and subsequent bottlings have been produced
through the Charmat process.” precises Alison Paulett.
The exportation is a very important way of development
of the Paulett wines and represents 25% of their turnover.
The international main customers are located in UK, China,
Poland and Singapur but the importation of the Trillians
Sparkling wine especially rose up in UK and China to reach 10% of the whole sparkling
wine sales. “We pay particular attention “to our expedition” bottling to maintain the balance
and integrity of the wine.”, explains Mrs Paulett;
Actually the Pauletts “were directly approached by a chinese wine taster who came in the
winery 2 years and a half ago what’s gave birth to a good commercial relation ship”, said
Alison.
Matthew and Niel Pau let
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And what about Europe ?
Til now Paulett wines did not find “The European partner” able to tap that historical Riesling
wine market. However, the Pauletts, custodians of the Australian land and wine knowhow
embrace the challenge of convincing their europeans cousins : during February 2012
Neil and Alison travelled in England and France ; when they came back to Australia they
got in their mail box our “Grands Concours du monde” invitation and they did not hesitate
to enter in the 2012 competition sending us samples of their Trillians Sparkling wine !
You know everything happens for a reason and maybe
thanks to a medal rewarded in Strasburg the European
importers will knock on that Polish Hill River cellar’s
door and begin to work with the passionate and deserving
Pauletts’ clan.
We wish them all the best for their first participation within
the Riesling sparkling wines category !
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The agenda
Appointment in
Kintzheim where the
mayor and the wine
union welcome us.
More informations :
Mrs Alicia MARRO
Assistant Project Manager
Strasbourg Événements
Tél. +33 (3) 88 37 21 27
Fax +33 (3) 88 37 37 95
Mr Gérard Gouello
Grand Maître Confrérie
du Haut-Koenigsbourg
Tél. +33 (6) 89 30 75 39
VIPs’Cocktail,
Presentation of all the
competitions’ wines
and annoucement of the
Great Gold Medals.
The 2011’s Grands Concours du monde will gather 16 countries,
what is the highest number of nationalities they registred so far!
With the patronage of the OIV, this outright appointment for worldwide wine producers of
Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer proposes the following coloured agenda :
Saturday Sunday Monday
14th of april 2012 15th of april 2012 16th of april 2012
Tasting in the
Congres Centre
Strasbourg
Tasting in the
Congres Centre
Strasbourg
Tasting in the
Congres Centre
Strasbourg
8.30 am – 1.30 pm 8.30 am – 1.30 pm 8.30 am – 1.30 pm
4.00 pm 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm
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Annex I
The OIV competitions’ resolutions.
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The tasting form : Still wines
The palm pocket : on the basis of the tasting
form criteria with a perfect observance of
the protocol, the notation will be built and
registred for the second and consecutive
year thanks to the palm pocket, an electronic
device.
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LES GRANDS CONCOURS du monde 2012 – Strasbourg
The tasting form : Sparkling wines

From 8.30 amto 1.30 pm201216thFromto14thAprilofpress FILEAvenuedelapubVirginie LusseyranTéléphone : +33 (3) 88 22 27 35Portable : +33 (6) 09 40 30 [email protected]édérique PierréPortable : +33 (6) 84 46 79 [email protected] 2012’s Grands Concours du mondeRiesling, Pinot Gris and GewurztraminerEntries and information : Press contact :STRASBOURG EVENEMENTSChristine COLLINS, Project ManagerTéléphone : +33 (3) 88 37 21 23Fax : +33 (3) 88 37 37 [email protected] place Adrien Zeller – BP 256/R767007 STRASBOURG CedexFranceCongress Center Strasbourg (France)www.portail-vins-du-monde.comDOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 201234567891114171821The 2012’s Grands Concours du mondeRiesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer3 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting daysA prestigious and essential PatronageThe Union de la Sommellerie FrançaiseThe Union des Oenologues de FranceA worldwide dimension for 3 grape varieties with16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !The competition : the observance of the tasting protocolFocus on Slovakia and the Matyšák WineryFocus on Paulett Wines in AustraliaThe agendaAnnex IAnnex IISUMMARY3DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde,Riesling, Pinot Gris and GewurztraminerFor the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements, founder of the Grands Concours, gathersfor the third and consecutive time the 3 grape varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris andGewurztraminer.The number of registred competitors is : 16 countries take part into the competitions !In term of professional experience, the jurors involved in Strasbourg during those 3 days,are the best and the most famous within the wine world.Actually the national and international members of the juries are stemming of vinegrowing, oenology or wine–waitering and will taste and mark 250 wineries whichrepresent 801 wine samples.Worldwide wine growers will try to have their productions rewarded what will authorizethem to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to their bottles : Great Gold Medal, GoldMedal or Silver Medal.The Riesling du monde is celebrating its 15th edition and still shares the same priviledgewith the 2 other grape varieties, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, that of being planted andcultivated all over the world !Out of the 3 grape varieties, 2 have created a new challenge within the 2012 competition !Riesling and Pinot Gris go on with presenting samples of still wines but can also proposesamples of sparkling wines !* Strasbourg Événements runs the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès and the Parc des Expositions of Strasbourg.It organises its own events for the general public such as la Foire Européenne (230 000 visitors) – Maisons dePrintemps, Home and decoration Exhibition – Tourissimo, Tourism and Leisure Exhibition – Cook Show, Gastronomyand Arts de la Table Exhibition – St’art, European Fair for Contemporary Art- and for the professionals such asEgast (The Exhibition for Gastronomy, Equipment, Agribusiness and services which gathers more than 30 000professionals) Strasbourg Événements yearly manages 400 events what represents also more than 800 000visitors !4DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 20123 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting daysFor the third consecutive year the 3 competitions will take place simultaneously andin the same place what shows the rigorous organization and follow up capacities andcompetences of Strasbourg Événements.THE RIESLINGOriginally from the Rhine and Moselle Valley, Riesling is a grapevariety which offers a large panel of high quality wines. Consideredand recognized as one of the best white grape varieties in theworld, it is a dry , thoroughbred wine with overtones of delicatefruit. Famous throughout the world, it represents 23% of theAlsacian vineyard.THE Pinot GrisOriginally from Burgundy and cultivated above all in Alsace, thePinot Gris belongs to the family of powerful and expressive wineswhat makes it one of the most enjoyed grape varieties in theworld; It has been developping in France and represents now 13%of the Alsatian vineyards.THE GewurztraminerOriginally from Alsace, this type of wine has quickly crossed theRhine to conquer Germany and Austria. It is a pink grape withwhite juice with a high sugar content. It gives a wine a fruity,floral nose with strong spicy overtones. The main production isachieved within Europe and represents in Alsace 18% of the wholevineyard.5DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012A prestigious and essential PatronagePatronage of the OIV2011 was the year of the recognition : the Grands Concours du Monde now belong tothe Great wine competitions of international fame. In order to reach its goal, StrasbourgÉvénements has complied with the strict rules of the international competitions and theprestigious patronage has been renewed for the 2012 edition by the OIV.Mr Ralf Anselmann, Expert Commissioner and representative of the organization, willsupervise the Grands Concours du Monde in accordance with the OIV’s strict rules.Thanks to those official checks and supervision, Strasbourg Evenements can guarantee aworldwide recognition to the competitors.The rewarded ones will be authorized to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to theirbottles : Great Gold Medal, Gold Medal and Silver Medal.www.oiv.int2012 is also the edition ot the brand new visual identity for the Great Gold Medals !* The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation which currently includes 45 Member States and wieldsconsiderable influence in all areas of wine growing and production. Its aim is to foster the harmonisation ofpractices and the creation of new international directives in such a way as to facilitate all procedures in thewine market but also to take the needs of everyone involved into account. Deeply involved in the wine world,the OIV is also the organiser of major annual world conferences and, since 1930, has rewarded the bestpublications devoted to the vine sector.6DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The Union de la Sommellerie FrançaiseThe Union de la Sommellerie Française* has carried over its partnership with StrasbourgÉvénements regarding the 2012’s Grands Concours du Monde.This association, which aims to promote, support, develop, improve and protect the winewaiterprofession and activity, brings an additionnal guarantee of the tasters’competencesand grants a valued credibility to the winners.During the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements welcomes many representatives of theUDSF, what confirms the Union interest towards the Grands Concours du Monde.Serge Dubs, Best Sommelier in the World 1989 and vice president of the A.S.I. board(Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) is one of the tasters and jurors.Nicola Mattana, Best Sommelier of Switzerland and Gérard Guyon, Best Sommelier ofLuxemburg will be members of the juries.10 members of the Association of Alsatian Sommeliers will also judge the samples, whatshows the increasing interest of the official wine authorities in the Grands Concours dumonde.www.sommelier-France.orgIt should be noted that, as usual, the wine stewards are students – “Sommellerie course”of the Lycée Hôtelier Alexandre Dumas of Illkirch ; they will be supervised by their teacher,Mr Antoine Woerlé, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.* The Union de la Sommellerie Française is a non-profit making association which aims to unite regionalassociations of wine waiters, to harmonise the activities of the regional associations with a view to developingand improving the profession of wine. Waiter, to promote the profession of wine waiter, to uphold and promotethe ethical code of this profession and to protect the image of French wine waiting. The UDSF currently hasmore than 1,300 members and incorporates 21 regional associations, thanks to which it organises tastings andseminars, while also taking part in training workshops for young wine waiters. At its major conferences, whichbring together a considerable part of its membership, the UDSF awards «golden grapes» to the best masterwine waiters, a reward that testifies to a remarkable professional career.7DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The Union des OEnologues de France(the union of french OEnologists)The motto is : “The more we share, the more we gather“ !The Union des OEnologues de France, founded in 1959 is theprofessional union in charge of the recognition and the protectionof the oenologist profession dealing directly with ministeries andinternational organizations.The Union composed by oenologists among with its chairman CyrilPayon, gathers up to now 1 600 members dispatched throughoutthe French territory in 8 offices (Alsace, Bordeaux Western-South, Bourgogne EasternCenter, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Paris North-Normandia, Valley of the Rhône-Provence-Corsica and Loire Valley).Directly involved in the”Consumer, safety-environment, wine quality” trioThe oenologist acts as an expert in planification and cultivation of vineyards.He is involved in technological research for materials and equipments used within thewineries. He advices the wine grower regarding wine making, selection, preservation,ageing and bottling of wine. He is in charge of proceeding with the necessary chemical,physical and bacteriological analysis. He will be able to taste during his whole life thewines he will have followed up and elaborated.Know-how in tastingThe oenologists take part into the development of the wine–producing sector in Franceand throughout the world. L’U.OE.F. remains committed to making tasting the expertise ofthe oenologist’s activity. In order to transmit its tasting know-how and expertise, the U.OE.F.proposes to the general public training and wine tasting sessions. Its noticeable tastingroom is the dedicated place to maintain the high level of competences of the oenologistsmembers and also to enable wine tastings for wine lovers and the general public. TheU.OE.F. organises a lot of famous tasting competitions such as les Vinalies®, les Vinalies®vins de hautes expressions Internationales and Le Mondial du Rosé®, the only ISO9001 version2008-AFNOR worldwide certified competition dedicated to the worldwide Rosés.Contacts :Union des OEnologues de France 21-23, rue de Croulebarbe75013 Paris Tél. : 01 58 52 20 20 – Fax : 01 58 52 20 30Email : [email protected] : www.oenologuesdefrance.fr8DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Pinot Grisdu mondeGewurztraminerdu mondeRieslingdu mondeA worldwide dimension for 3 grape varietieswith 16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !15thedition 7thedition 5theditionFrom 14th to 16th of April 2012at the Congress Center Strasbourg25080116wines producerssamplesamong withrepresented countries366 Riesling 216 Pinot Gris 219 Gewurztraminer9DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The competition : the observance of the tasting protocolStrasbourg Événements :A professional and precise organizationfor an irreproachable tasting.The very strict tasting rules require the jurors to be unfailingly impartial in their judgement.The tasters will be required not only to taste but also to describe and comment onthe wines according to the following criteria:• The visual aspect• The olfactive aspect• The impression on the palate• The overall impression• The particular uniqueness and characterof the productThe whole criteria are then reported and registredthrough a numerical process thanks toan electronic device : the Palm PocketThe Grands Concours du Monde are delighted that their invitation has been acceptedby nearly 60 professionals around the world (qualified tasters, oenologists, wine waiters,wine growers, etc.), selected throughout the world according to their experience andcompetences. Most of them are also experts for other OIV supported competitions.We notice this year, more American experts.They will be divided up over 7 tables, the table will be made up of 3 French and 4 foreigntasters.So, a majority of foreign tasters is secured for each table.Each jury will taste the three grape varieties every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.10DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012From the following countries are coming the professional guestsbelonging to the wine world :18 countries are represented :Belgium • Canada • Czech Republic • FranceGermany • Hungary • Italy • Luxembourg • SloveniaSouth Africa • Switzerland • USA.Australia • Austria • Canada • Czech Republic • FranceGermany • Hungary • Italy • New-Zeland • RomaniaSlovakia • Slovenia • South Africa • Spain • Switzerland • USA…. as oenologists, wine waiters, wine growers, importators, specialized journalists.11DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Focus on Slovakia and the Matyšák WinerySlovakia’s vineyards and the Matyšák storySlovakia, a rich wine background.Slovakia is home to almost 400 active winemakers producing variety or branded qualitywines with protected geographic indication and attribute wines with protected indicationof origin from the 19 634 hectares of vineyards in 390 municipalities in 6 main wine regions.Nitrianska – Nitra wine region can be considered as the most miscellaneous with the highest number of each otherdistinct – but locally specific vineyards with a number of diverse grape varieties planted on 3 884 hectares.Stredoslovenská – Central Slovakian wine region comprise of 2 320 hectares of mainly less than 1 hectare single vineyardslocated in warm area between Hont and Gemer. Wines are distinguished by higher and more persistent aromatic qualitywhat is considered as one of the main characteristics of the region.Východoslovenská – Eastern Slovakian wine region has 1 733 hectares of vineyards planted on the slopes of volcanicmountain range Vihorlat and on the undulated edge of the East Slovakian lowland in the southern parts.Južnoslovenská – Southern Slovakian wine region situated north from river Danube. It is warmest part of Slovakia and4 903 hecatares of registered vineyards are planted on loess uplands, sporadically on fat, silty clay soils with good waterholding, which are suitable for growing of black grape varieties.Tokaj wine region consists of 1 357 hectares of registered vineyards in 7 tokaj municipalities planted with Tokaj grapevarieties Furmint, Lipovina and Muškát Žltý.Malokarpatská – Lesser Carpathian wine region is located in the southwestern part of Slovakia, where the vines aregrown for more than three thousand years. Vineyards are planted on the slopes and plains of the Lesser Carpathianmountain range and in locality Záhorie on the surface of 5 588 hectares. The wine landscape with the significant positionof the Riesling grape variety is the following : for the main grape varieties : 21% Veltliner, 15% Riesling Italico, 12% MullerThurgau, 8% Saint Laurent, 7%Pinot Blanc and 5% White Riesling …Wine from Lesser Carpathian wine region is a product obtained exclusively by total orpartial fermentation of grapes or grape must, which originates in this region. Grapesare achieving high sugar content, wines are full bodied, with intensive taste aned withpleasant level of acidity, suitable for longer cellar maturation.12DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Harmonious connection of sun light, mountain, river, substantial soil and dedicated workof people is creating wines you’ll favor for its refreshing lightness, pleasure, honesty.Carpathians this is the place of the following family story…Once upon a time…in the Slovakian Bacchus world !Pezinok, situated 18 kms to the north-east of Bratislava, is located in the Little Carpathianswhere the soil is a combination of sand, rock and clay, which provides a fertile winegrowingarea.Peter Matyšák, vintner and winemaker, representsa true family firm : Víno Matyšák – has taken up theviticultural tradition of Pezinok*; Peter with his wifeKatarína, and their son and daughter, Marek andKristína, have been producing a high-quality varietyof wines since 1990.The Matyšák’own financial initiative, family vinticulture traditions, the hard and honestwork have been the assets that have ranked the Matyšák firm among the most distinguishedwine producers in the Slovak Republic in the past few years.Actually, “Peter started as a waiter, later on in the end of 80ths he starts production ofreally at home made pâtés, sold in a small shop stand (booth) on the street oposite tohospital. Later on in 90ths he started the production of a basic bulkwine, offered on thetap in cheap taverns, mostly his owns. Later he engaged as employee skilled oenologistMrs Gabika Vojtekova and together they pushed the winery in Pezinok to the top quality inSlovakia. It was about 7 years ago.” tells one his friends, Dr Lubos Barta, czech wine expertand journalist.2005 Peter Matyšák opened the Hotel Matyšák in Pražskástreet, Bratislava. This restaurant is directly adjacent to a fortymeterlong archive wine cellar (built in 1904) capable of storingforty-five thousand bottles of archive wines which have beenproduced since 1994.Another typical wine restaurant, Vinum Galéria Bozen,wasopened in Pezinok, in the family´s own 300-year old vintner´shouse in Holuby Street (Holubyho ulica).“Peter is like a vulcan – he still creates something new !”confirms Dr Lubos Barta.Peter Mat yšák13DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 20122006 Vino Matyšák has expanded the wine processing plant (the press and the coolingtanks) and storage capacity, which will enable careful processing of grapes and thesubsequent filtering and clarification of the must.Some years ago Mrs Vojtekova retires, forwarding thejob of main enologist and chief of the laboratory to MrJaro Zak, who is the head winemaker there. “But PeterMatyšák is still the main boss and decision makerabout wines as well as about new projects”, precisesMr Lubos Barta.Peter Matyšák runs 12 popular “Vinothéques” sellingthe whole range of his wines starting at cheap bulk wineon the tap till premium wines winning internationalcompetitions like Vinalies Int., Bacchus, Vinitaly, awc -viena , Finger Lakes USA, etc.The firm aims through all their activities at raising thelevel of wine culture in Slovakia, and it also representsa model of the abilities of Slovakian people in this fieldabroad.Regarding the 2012 Edition of the “Grands Concours du monde des vins”, Matyšák Vinopresents samples in the Riesling and the Gewurztraminer grape varieties…the fairy talemay go on…wait and taste!*In the 17th and 18th century Pezinok experienced its biggest boom and was one of the richest towns in theHungarian Empire. Its fame and wealth were based on the production of high-quality wines.)14DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Focus on Paulett Wines AustraliaAbout 1 ½ hours drive north from Adelaide is thebeautiful Polish Hill River sub-region of the ClareValley, home to Neil and Alison Paulett and theirwinery. Neil Paulett, graduated from the RoseworthyOEnology course in 1971, discovered in 1981 with hiswife that valley and what is now their property. Theproperty had remained in the same family’s handsfrom the 1860’s until its purchase in 1983.The area is blessed with a climate ideal for premiumgrape growing and the combination of consistentlygood winter rains, hot summers tempered by coolnights and a long ripening period produces grapes ofexceptional flavours and balance.“Our vineyards in the sub region Polish Hill River areat some of the highest altitudes in the Clare Regionleading to slow and even ripening that in turn givesus quite elegant and fine wines with wonderful varietalimpressions and a strong underlying acid backbone.” describes Mrs Alison Paulett,General Manager of the Paulett wines.The property has expanded from the initial 47 hectares to 147 hectares and the on-goingvineyard development now sees 25 hectares under vine. There is a substantial portion ofShiraz and Cabernet vines over 70 years of age and Riesling of 35 years and this their treasuredresource makes up the back bone of the super premium red and white, the AndreasShiraz and Antonina Riesling (Shiraz not produced every year, & Riesling yet to be produced)after these original settler family members.Trillians Sparkling wine is quite a young wine.“Our first production of our Sparkling Riesling was in 1991. In this year we had surplusRiesling grapes to our Polish hill River Riesling label requirements and the decision waseasily made to make our Sparkling.Another winery in the Clare Valley had been producing their own Sparkling Riesling forsome years – a wine that we had enjoyed and one we wanted to produce for our own label.The Clare Valley is considered the Home of Riesling in Australia and we felt this wouldhelp raise the varieties profile in highlighting the wonderful diversity of the grape.” tellsAlison Paulett.“It is someting quiet different on the domestic wine market and the consumers appreciateit!” notices Alison, that is why around 90% of that sparkling wine is sold to Australians.Niel and Alison Pau let15DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012That wine need a particular attention from Neil, Alisonand their son Matthew who is now the VineyardManager and his ability to nurture both old vinesand new is paying dividends.The exceptional qualityof fruit produced is raising the standard of thewines even further.Examples ot that rigorous follow up are followings :“The wine is vinified from some of our early pickings andfermented to dryness. Our Cuvee selection is based on theflavours, elegance and balance of the wines. We do not completethe secondary fermentation ourselves; this is doneunder our supervision at a nearby contract bottling facility.Our first two bottlings were produced using the traditionalmethod. The wines were lovely and very long living howeverwe felt that extended maturation on lees in bottle wasmasking the flavours of the grape. We wanted the wine toexpress ‘Riesling’ and subsequent bottlings have been producedthrough the Charmat process.” precises Alison Paulett.The exportation is a very important way of developmentof the Paulett wines and represents 25% of their turnover.The international main customers are located in UK, China,Poland and Singapur but the importation of the TrilliansSparkling wine especially rose up in UK and China to reach 10% of the whole sparklingwine sales. “We pay particular attention “to our expedition” bottling to maintain the balanceand integrity of the wine.”, explains Mrs Paulett;Actually the Pauletts “were directly approached by a chinese wine taster who came in thewinery 2 years and a half ago what’s gave birth to a good commercial relation ship”, saidAlison.Matthew and Niel Pau let16DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012And what about Europe ?Til now Paulett wines did not find “The European partner” able to tap that historical Rieslingwine market. However, the Pauletts, custodians of the Australian land and wine knowhowembrace the challenge of convincing their europeans cousins : during February 2012Neil and Alison travelled in England and France ; when they came back to Australia theygot in their mail box our “Grands Concours du monde” invitation and they did not hesitateto enter in the 2012 competition sending us samples of their Trillians Sparkling wine !You know everything happens for a reason and maybethanks to a medal rewarded in Strasburg the Europeanimporters will knock on that Polish Hill River cellar’sdoor and begin to work with the passionate and deservingPauletts’ clan.We wish them all the best for their first participation withinthe Riesling sparkling wines category !17DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The agendaAppointment inKintzheim where themayor and the wineunion welcome us.More informations :Mrs Alicia MARROAssistant Project ManagerStrasbourg ÉvénementsTél. +33 (3) 88 37 21 27Fax +33 (3) 88 37 37 [email protected] Gérard GouelloGrand Maître Confrériedu Haut-KoenigsbourgTél. +33 (6) 89 30 75 39VIPs’Cocktail,Presentation of all thecompetitions’ winesand annoucement of theGreat Gold Medals.The 2011’s Grands Concours du monde will gather 16 countries,what is the highest number of nationalities they registred so far!With the patronage of the OIV, this outright appointment for worldwide wine producers ofRiesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer proposes the following coloured agenda :Saturday Sunday Monday14th of april 2012 15th of april 2012 16th of april 2012Tasting in the Congres

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