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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 2021.
  • 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 WHICH OBTAINS THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THIS CATEGORY

BEST SPARKLING WINE

WINE WHICH OBTAINS THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THIS CATEGORY

BEST SPARKLING WINE

WINE WHICH OBTAINS THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THIS CATEGORY

BEST SWEET WINE

WINE WHICH OBTAINS THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THIS CATEGORY

BEST FORTIFIED WINE

WINE WHICH OBTAINS THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THIS CATEGORY

5STARWINES CERTIFICATES

All wineries whose wines score at least 90/100 receive an official diploma showing their score, in paper and digital format. A digital certificate of participation in the selection will be sent to each winery whose wines score between 85 and 89/100.

THE VINITALY APP

All the wineries, participating in Vinitaly 2021, 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

1) still white wines

2) still red wines

3) still rosé wines

Within the first two groups, a distinction is made between still white/red wines aged in steel and still white/red wines aged in barriques or 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  

  • white sparkling wines
  • rosé sparkling wines
  • Red sparkling 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

  • white sweet 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.

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

FOR EACH WINE, PLEASE SEND:

  1. n. 6 labels and any back labels of the wine entered.
  2. 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)

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