THE 24TH CONCOURS MONDIAL IN VALLADOLID

The 24th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (“Concours Mondial”) was celebrated in Spain, Valladolid. 320 journalists, buyers, oenologists and sommeliers from across the world gather together in Valladolid to judge the wines. The 9080 wines from 50 countries will compete for a Silver, Gold, and Grand Gold Medals. Two new categories, for old vintage and organic wines, are introduced for the first time now.

And ARAEX Grands wines were selected to sample the quality of Spanish wines, in the first sesión for calibrating, the Rolland Galarreta Ribera del Duero 2014 was tasted by all the panel as a “mise en bouce” wine as a reference from the Region. It was the only red wine not blind tasted. The closing Ceremony on Sunday was the time for Rolland Galarreta Verdejo 2015, the star of the gala dinner.

“Each year Concours Mondial is held in a different place to help the wines of a region and its wine tourism gain international visibility”, Thomas Costenoble, director of CMB comments. “Companies from the Castilla y León region will build contacts with renowned industry experts in just a couple of days”, he concludes.
According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Spain is “a clear leader in cultivated surface area with nearly a million hectares”. It is the biggest exporter with 22.9 mhl and a global market share of 22%.In 2016, Spain was the country to have won the highest number of Grand Gold medals by the Concours Mondial. 2002 wines will represent Spain this year – an increase of nearly 25% compared with 2016.