The selection of the best wines

Why you should participate

Wines that qualify with a score of 90/100 or more acquire the right to be published, with their respective scores, in the international guide 5StarWines – the Book and in the Digital Selection Catalogue. The selected wines also benefit from constant promotional support on a national and international scale. The initiatives implemented are:

  • Marketing opportunities: collaborations, events, B2B, grand tasting, showcases, social media, educational initiatives, events with buyers and wine lovers organised by VeronaFiere.
  • Inclusion of selected wines, with tasting notes and score, in the Vinitaly Wine Directory and Vinitaly App. The App, used by the most important international buyers, will enable all companies with at least one wine in the 5StarWines – the Book guide to be located during Vinitaly.
  • Publication in the 5StarWines – the Book guide consolidated by the evaluation of experts, who in addition to giving feedback on each individual participating bottle, will draw up a dedicated tasting note for wines with a score of at least 90/100.
  • Inclusion of the selected wines in the Digital Catalogue and mailing to more than 10,000 trade members.
  • Inclusion on winesearcher.com, the renowned search engine that enables users to find the price and availability of a wine all over the world.
  • Social promotion of each selected wine, with score received and tasting notes drawn up by the judges.
  • Awarding of diplomas and trophies, with tastings reserved for buyers and the press of the top performing wines.
  • Interviews and podcasts with producers, real “testimonials”, with specific focus on the winning wines, promoted on the Selection’s social channels.
  • Possibility of downloading stickers corresponding to the score obtained.


EVALUATION

All wines participating in the 5StarWines – the Book selection are assessed by the jury during three days of blind tastings. Each wine is first given a partial score, based on careful visual and taste-olfactory analysis, then an overall score. Wines scoring 85 points or more at this stage go on to a second examination – tasting by the Scientific Committee of General Chairmen – and receive their final score.

At the end of the three days, the wines that achieve an evaluation of at least 90/100 are destined for publication in the international guide 5StarWines – The Book, in printed and digital format, accompanied by tasting notes drawn up by the experts.

At the end of the event, each participating producer receives – on their company account – the evaluation feedback for their candidate wines. This is important feedback for the companies on the wines they produce from experienced professionals.


TROPHIES

Among the selected wines, the jury awards the official recognition of special Trophies. 5StarWines selection trophies

  • WINERY OF THE YEAR – GRAND VINITALY
    Awarded to the producer that has achieved the best result in terms of the sum of the scores of its first three wines selected for inclusion in the guide, belonging to at least two different categories.
  • BEST ITALIAN WINE – BANCO BPM
    Italian wine selected for inclusion in the guide that obtains the absolute best score.
  • BEST WHITE WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • BEST ROSÉ WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • BEST RED WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • BEST SEMI-SPARKLING WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • BEST SPARKLING WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • BEST SWEET WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • BEST FORTIFIED WINE
    Wine that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • DANTE AWARD – BEST WINE FROM THE VERONESE TERRITORY
    Wine produced in the province of Verona that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • DANTE AWARD – BEST WINE FROM THE RAVENNA AREA
    Wine produced in the province of Ravenna that obtains the highest score in this category.
  • DANTE AWARD – BEST WINE FROM THE FLORENCE AREA
    Wine produced in the province of Florence which obtains the highest score in this category.


THE 5STARWINES DIPLOMA

All the wineries whose wines receive a score equal to or greater than 90/100 will  receive an official diploma, in printed and digital form.


5STARWINES CERTIFICATE

All the wineries whose wines receive a score between 85 and 89/100 will  receive a certificate of participation in the Selection, in digital form.


THE VINITALY APP

All the wineries, participating in Vinitaly, that manage to get at least one label on the 5StarWines-the Book guide, can be located via the Vinitaly App, which will be used by the most important international buyers coming to the fair.

Eligible Wine Categories

Wines with designation of origin (for EU countries, PDO), with geographical indication (for EU countries, PGI) and, for non-EU countries, according to international OIV standards, are eligible for selection.


STILL WINES

  • Still white wines
  • Still red wines
  • Still rosé wines

Within the three groups, a distinction is made between still wines aged in steel and still wines aged in barriques or otherwise in wood.


SEMI-SPARKLING WINES

  • Dry and semi-dry sparkling white wines with residual sugar up to 45 grams/litre
  • Semi-dry and dry semi-sparkling rosé wines with residual sugar content of up to 45 grams/litre
  • Semi-dry and dry semi-sparkling red wines with residual sugar up to 45 grams/litre


SPARKLING WINES

  • Sparkling white wines
  • Sparkling rosé wines
  • Sparkling Red wines

Within the three groups, a distinction is made between sparkling wines produced with fermentation in an autoclave (charmat method) or in the bottle (classic method, ancestral method, Col Fondo).


SWEET WINES

  • Sweet white wines – natural still, semi-sparkling sweet and sweet with residual sugar above 45 grams/litre, sparkling wines
  • Sweet rosé wines – natural still, semi-sparkling sweet and sweet with residual sugar exceeding 45 grams/litre, sparkling wines
  • Sweet red wines

Within the three groups, a distinction is made between natural still sweet wines, semi-sparkling sweet and sweet wines with a residual sugar content of more than 45 grams/litre and sweet sparkling wines.


FORTIFIED WINES

with an actual alcoholic strength of not less than 15% vol. and not more than 22% vol.

  • Fortified white wines
  • Fortified rosé wines
  • Fortified red wines


FOR EACH WINE, PLEASE SEND:

  • n. 6 labels and any back labels of the wine entered.-
  • n. 6 labelled bottles with a capacity of 0.750 litres (or N. 12 bottles with a capacity of 0.500 or 0.375 litres)