As Prosecco’s highest quality tier, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG continues to seek ways to differentiate itself from it’s more inexpensive neighbour, the IWSC participated in an exclusive tasting of the regions sparkling wines.
At the end of May, a selection of the IWSC’s expert judges comprising Sarah Abbott MW, David Kermode, Matteo Montone MS, Salvatore Castano and Andrew Johnson visited Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore to taste entrants from across the DOCG’s 15 communes.
Prosecco DOC has made a name for itself, producing quaffable, value focussed wines.
However, in the foothills of the Dolomite mountains, rising high above the Veneto plains which produce Prosecco DOC, the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are located. And it is here, in these hills surrounding Conegliano Valdobbiadene where a more superior style of sparkling wine is produced.
The winemakers and growers located around Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG's 15 communes must master the area's steep slopes and harsh environment to produce their wines. It was these wines that the IWSC’s judges tasted and it was these same wines that were awarded an unprecedented 146 medals.
“It was exciting to have so many wines entered from the premium Rive and Cartizze categories. Such wines are an incredibly small proportion of the total production, but they are very important for showing the ambition and character that can be found in Prosecco Superiore," commented Sarah Abbott MW, who headed the judging for the IWSC as a member of its Wine Judging Committee. "It was great to have so many of these wines to judge, and their quality and character is reflected in the medal tally.”
The consistency on show, and the depth of the diversity of the wines was widely praised by the judging panel.“The quality of the wines submitted show that the producers are really doing their job properly” added broadcaster and journalist, David Kermode. “We have seen an incredible consistency across the board which explains the high number of medals awarded.”
Using the IWSC’s clear and transparent scoring system, each of the sparkling wines that were tasted were awarded points. Wines given between 95-100 points were awarded a gold medal, between 90-94 points was a silver medal and those that were scored between 85-89 points equated to a bronze medal.
Here we have highlighted 19 of our 2022 IWSC medal winners which all scored 93+ points:
Visit here to discover more on our 2022 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore winners.