Press

October 2019

New Zealand: A light future for Sauvignon

2019-10-22T09:49:54+01:00October 22nd, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Last summer, spurred by a surge in sales of low/no-alcohol drinks, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s opened a pop-up pub in central London selling only alcohol-free or low alcohol drinks. The initiative once again illustrates the extent to which the category has gone mainstream. And it’s one that New Zealand’s wine industry will be toasting. Sharon [...]

September 2019

Napa Valley’s Premier Sauvignon Blanc Terroirs

2019-10-01T09:21:18+01:00September 23rd, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Associating a relatively warm region better known for its Cabernet-Sauvignon with Sauvignon blanc may seem counterintuitive. But as Deborah Parker Wong shows, not only has Sauvignon found suitable sites in the Napa Valley, it can even excel itself in the right terroirs. Over the millennia the wandering course of the Napa River and the adjacent Conn [...]

July 2019

Italy: Sauvignon’s rise to prominence

2019-10-01T09:24:22+01:00July 22nd, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Journalist Maurizio Valeriani briefly charts Sauvignon’s introduction to Italy in the 19thcentury to its present-day status and explains how Italian Sauvignon successfully appeals to a broad-ranging audience. A pivotal role in Italy’s wine revival Sauvignon Blanc arrived in Italy from France in the mid-1800s. Introduced into Piedmont - although some claim it came to Ferrara for [...]

June 2019

Stylistic diversity in South African Sauvignon Blanc

2019-10-01T09:18:15+01:00June 17th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Competitions do not just offer producers an opportunity to benchmark or to secure a powerful marketing tool in the event of winning a medal. They also throw up some major trends within the wine industry. Dr Carien Coetzee explains how the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition reveals the direction South African Sauvignon Blanc is taking [...]

May 2019

Underdog ‘Cool Climate’ Sauvignons from Portugal’s Atlantic Coast

2019-10-01T09:31:44+01:00May 21st, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

When you think ‘cool climate’ Sauvignon, Portugal certainly does not automatically spring to mind. But as Dr Paul White found out, unique weather patterns and adventurous wine growers are combining to produce some offbeat Sauvignons in the most unlikely locations. Sauvignon Blanc is the sort of grape that becomes increasingly unhappy the closer it grows to [...]

April 2019

Sauvignon consolidates the region’s reputation as a prime source for stellar white wines

2019-10-01T09:12:23+01:00April 24th, 2019|Sauvignon Committee|

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Sauvignon consolidates the region’s reputation as a prime source for stellar white wines By Sharon Nagel The snow-capped mountains forming a backdrop to the city of Udine, in the heart of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region of north-eastern Italy, offer a clue to the area’s propensity for producing top quality white wines. This year’s Concours [...]

March 2019

Award Ceremony 2019

2019-10-01T09:32:20+01:00March 20th, 2019|Press release|

On March 17, during a ceremony at ProWein in Dusseldorf, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon awarded the top-6 wines from the competition. The Revelation wines received the highest score in the relevant categories: Unoaked Sauvignon, Oaked Sauvignon, Blend, Organic Sauvignon and best Sauvignon from Italy. The Dubourdieu trophy was awarded to the wine with the purest [...]

Winners of the 2019 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon revealed

2019-10-01T09:32:58+01:00March 17th, 2019|Press release|

1,010 wines competing from 26 countries 122 gold medals 2020 Host region: Touraine, France March 17, 2019 (Brussels, Belgium): The 10th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon was hosted by the city of Udine in Italy, on March 8 and 9, 2019. A total 1,010 wines from 26 countries were judged blind by a panel of 73 international experts from 18 countries. The 122 Gold and 180 Silver medals were awarded to [...]

Udine fires the starting shot for the 10th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

2019-10-01T09:33:20+01:00March 8th, 2019|Press release|

With over 1,000 entries from 26 countries and 73 international judges, the 10th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon started today in Udine, in the heart of the Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) wine region. Pictures from the Opening Ceremony 2019 Since its beginning in 2010, the number of entries in the competition has nearly doubled, reaching 1,010 wines in 2019. “With [...]

February 2019

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon celebrates 10th edition with 1,010 entries

2019-10-01T09:33:52+01:00February 25th, 2019|Press release|

Number of competing wines has doubled over the past decade Entries from France are back on the rise Strongest ever participation by South Africa and New Zealand The 2019 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon has registered a new record number of entries. 1,010 Sauvignons from 26 producer countries will compete in Udine from March 8-10. The [...]