After an edition in which an absolute record of participation was recorded and about whose results the organizers say have aroused the curiosity of many, we find that Romanian wines are missing from the lists of those awarded with Best in Show or gold medals.
Record of wines tasted at the 2022 edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards! According to official data, 18,244 wines from 54 countries were evaluated at this edition. Over the course of two weeks, 250 international wine experts, including 41 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers, awarded 50 Best in Show, 164 platinum, 677 gold, 5,900 silver and 8,074 bronze medals. The wines from Romania did not get any Best in Show or gold medals, but they were awarded with 31 silver medals and 62 bronze medals.
Here are the wines from Romania silver medalists and the number of points they were awarded:
- Chateau Valvis – Feteasca Neagra 2018, 91 puncte
- Crama Girboiu – Bacanta Syrah 2018, 90 puncte
- Crama Girboiu – Premium Petite Helena 2019, 90 puncte
- Viticola Sarica Niculitel – Caii de la Letea Volumul I Quintessence, 90 puncte
- Davino – Domaine Ceptura Rouge 2017, 93 puncte
- Davino – Flamboyant 2014, 90 puncte
- Davino – Flamboyant 2017, 91 puncte
- Davino – Iacob 2017, 92 puncte
- Domeniile Averesti – Busuioaca De Averesti 2021, 90 puncte
- Avincis Vinuri – Cuvée Petit Sauvignon Blanc 2021, 92 puncte
- Avincis – Spumant Extra Brut 2018, 90 puncte
- Avincis – Negru de Dragasani 2018, 92 puncte
- Avincis – Cuvée Andrei Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, 90 puncte
- Domeniile Averesti – Zghihara De Averesti 2021, 90 puncte
- Budureasca – Origini Feteasca Neagra 2019, 91 puncte
- Viile Metamorfosis – Coltul Pietrei 2020, 90 puncte
- Strunga – Feteasca Neagra 2020, 90 puncte
- Domeniile Ostrov – Legio Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay 2020, 90 puncte
- Serve – Terra Romana Feteasca Neagra 2017, 91 puncte
- Crama Ceptura – Cervus Magnus Monte Chardonnay 2020, 90 puncte
- The Iconic Estate – La Umbra Chardonnay 2021, 90 puncte
- The Iconic Estate – Prahova Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, 90 puncte
- Jidvei – Grand Reserve Feteasca Regala 2009, 94 puncte
- Jidvei – Mysterium Roze 2021, 90 puncte
- Provitis Navigo Compas – Feteasca Neagra 2021, 90 puncte
- Castel Huniade – Feteasca Regala 2021, 90 puncte
- Cramele Recas – Selene Feteasca Neagra 2020, 90 puncte
- Marks & Spencer – Vara Rosé 2021, 90 puncte
- Crama Ceptura – Magnus Monte Feteasca Neagra 2020, 93 puncte
- Crama Ceptura – Magnus Monte Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, 90 puncte
- Crama Histria – Ammos 2018, 91 puncte
The list of Romanian wines that have been awarded with bronze medals can be foundHERE.
An analysis of Olivia Mason, Senior Awards Marketing Manager at Decanter, reveals that at this edition:
- Serbia has reached an impressive total of 20 gold medals awarded since its first victory in 2018 – nine of which were awarded at this edition.
- Armenia also showed potential growth, with five gold medals awarded from 2019, the most recent being in 2022, for Noa, Noah of Areni, Vayots Dzor 2019.
- Argentina enjoyed a year with a record of awards, tripling its number of gold, platinum and Best in Show medals from 14 in 2021 to 41. But it wasn’t just the value that impressed the referees – Argentina’s 13 platinum medals demonstrate the superior quality of Argentinian wines overall, with seven Super Premium and Icon wines (£50+) scored with 97 points.
- Chile recorded a record in terms of gold medals received, 22, to which were added five platinum and two best in show.
- France respected its coat of arms again, Bordeaux being the best performing region in the country and competition. In total, 38 platinum medals and 125 gold medals were awarded to France, with notable performances of wines from the Loire, Rhône and Provence and a predictable quality for the regions, including Burgundy and Alsace. Plus ten Best in Show medals.
- It was also an interesting year for Italy: at the 2022 competition, more medals were awarded to Italian wines than to any other country. At the Best in Show, gold and platinum awards, Italy was right behind France: it received eight Best in Show medals, 25 platinum and 114 gold.
- Japan received its first platinum medal, for Sanwa Shurui, Ajimu Moroya Koshu, Oita 2021. He also received four gold awards.
- China has recorded record results this year, winning 234 medals, including 17 gold.