Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

A unique and exclusive competition

The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon is more than just a competition between producers and appellati ons. It is primarily aimed at fostering dialogue and creating a meeting point for industry specialists. Producers, wine makers, sommeliers, distributors, journalists and opinion formers from all strands of the industry – in all more than 50 judges representing 20 nationalities – evaluate entries from twenty or so producer countries.

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has been commissioned to handle the technical organisation of the tastings and brings to the event the professionalism and independence for which foremost international competitions are renowned.

Why Sauvignon Blanc?

Sauvignon blanc has in recent years become an extremely popular grape variety in the international marketplace. Driven by New World producer countries, primarily New Zealand, the varietal has become a benchmark in terms of freshness, elegance and seamless food pairing experiences. For many consumers who were familiar with the prestigious appellations made from Sauvignon blanc but not with the varietal itself, this rise to prominence has been a real eye-opener. The lack of a dedicated competition for a wine witnessing surging demand due to its impeccable ability to meet the expectations of demanding consumers, was a void waiting to be filled.

Also, with a varietal so perfectly mirroring a sense of place and showing huge variations depending on climate and origin, the international scope of the competiti on is pivotal to its success. The varietal is a true reflection of vintage and terroir effect.

The competition’s objectives are therefore to:

  • promote Sauvignon blanc wines
  • boost producti on and sensible drinking of Sauvignon blanc wines
  • introduce the public to the versati lity and diversity of the grape variety

Panel members

The panel is comprised of hand-picked specialists from
around the world. It is responsible for awarding medals to
the best entries.

The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon panel is trade-only and comprised of totally dedicated members of the industry, including buyers and international shippers, engineers, research scientists and wine makers, journalists, wine writers and specialist critics and representatives of marketing boards and growers’ organisations. Twenty nationalities are represented thereby guaranteeing the outstanding diversity that sets the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon apart from other wine competitions.


In recent years I have often encouraged our producers in Styria to participate in the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon – certainly among the most influential white wine competitions on the planet. Styria’s Sauvignons have been hugely successful in the last two years, winning two important categories at the first two attempts. We are very proud to host the 2018 edition of the competition and sure that that will help to enhance the image of Styria as one of the world’s greatest Sauvignon terroirs.

Willi Klinger, Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board

Sauvignon’s strong personality and its broad ranging characteristics dictated by climate and place make it unique amongst the great white grape varieties. It was therefore only fitting that a prominent global competition should be dedicated to it. After devoting much of my research work at the Bordeaux faculty of enology to uncovering the secrets of Sauvignon aromatics and understanding the laws governing their birth inside the grape and their release in the wines, I am extremely honoured to be associated with this event.

Professor Denis Dubordieu, competition patron since its inception.

Great wines are not made in the winery and nowhere is this truer than for Sauvignon blanc where virtually everything happens in the vineyard. It is a less versatile and adaptable grape than Chardonnay for example. It produces extremely different wines depending on where it is grown and place leaves its hallmark on the finished wines. Sauvignon blanc reflects terroir, climate and vintage effect…and in the Loire it achieves opti mum expression.

Bertrand Daulny, director of SICAVAC (Technical Trade Centre for Centre-Loire Wine Regions)