The Mondial des Vins Extrêmes wine competition, organised by Cervim under the auspices of the O.I.V. (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) and authorised by the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, is the only international wine competition specifically for wine produced in heroic vine-growing areas. The competition selects the best wines from extreme viticulture with the aim of promoting and safeguarding the produce from small vine-growing areas having their own distinctive history, traditions and uniqueness; areas with high environmental and landscape value, mostly cultivating local vine varieties.
They are true “islands of wine-growing biodiversity“ which, however, are in danger of disappearing due to their high production costs (it costs 10 times as much to keep a vineyard here than in flat areas). Over the years, in the previous 23 editions of what was called the “International Mountain Wine Competition”, increasing interest has been shown by wineries. In fact, the average number of wines entered in the last few years has been over 600, from about ten countries, with the particularity countries like Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Lebanon and Georgia.
Tasters, chosen among oenologists, expert wine tasters and specialised press journalists from all over the world, will convene in special panels, each consisting of 5 tasters, which judge the various wines with a special computer program used for the very first time in Italy at the Cervim competition.
The characteristic that singles out the Mondial des Vins Extrêmes on the wine competition scene worldwide is mainly due to the varieties of wines tasted, most of which are produced from local vines on unique terroirs that make their ineffaceable mark on the fragrances and flavours. This peculiarity attracts the many experts who every year submit their candidacy to judge in the competition which, as every year, is held in the Aosta Valley.
Entries are divided into 9 categories:
1 – Still white wines from 2016, (containing up to 6 g/l of sugar residue);
2 – Still white wines from 2015 or earlier, (containing up to 6 g/l of sugar residue);
3 - Still semi-sweet white wines (containing between 6.1 and 45 g/l of sugar residue);
4 – Still red wines from 2014 and 2015;
5 – Still red wines from 2013 or earlier;
6 – Still rosé wines;
7 – Sparkling wines;
8 – Sweet wines (with more than 45.1 g/l of sugar residue);
9 – Fortified wines.
Wines which may take part in the Mondial des Vins Extrêmes – are those labelled with the PDO Protected Denomination of Origin, or with the PGI Protected Geographical Indication
At the end of testing, the final ranking is drawn up: based on the scores given, the wines may be awarded a Grand Gold Medal, Gold Medal and Silver Medal, as well as further prizes for the best wine and the best winery for each country taking part, the best wine in absolute, the best organic and/or biodynamic wine, the best wine produced in the small islands, the best young producer (under 35 years of age), the best female producer and a prize for the vine-growing region entering the greatest number of wines.
A New Prize will also be awarded to the top scoring wine produced from a grape variety ungrafted.