World Wine Tasting Championship History

The World Wine Tasting Championship is an annual event is organized by one of the oldest and most prestigious wine publications in the world, La Revue du Vin de France. It was first competed in 2013 with the team from Belgium winning the initial event. Teams from the United States have competed since 2015.

The goal of the Wine Tasting US Open is to develop the best team possible to represent the United States at the WWTC in France each year. Scoring at the WWTC is consistent with the Wine Tasting U.S. Open system. Points are awarded for identification of grape varietal, country of origin, wine region, year, and producer. The high scoring team is proclaimed the victor. The winners of the US Open Wine Tasting Championship will attend WWTC as Team USA on October 12 & 13, 2018 at Chateau Saint-Pierre de Serjac, Languedoc, France. For more info on this event, click here.

The following is a summary of the competitions for the past five years.

 

Location:

  • Nuit St. George (Burgundy), France

Winning Teams:

  1. Sweden, 115 Points
  2. United Kingdom, 107 Points
  3. Luxembourg, 100 Points

Wines Poured:

  1. 2015 Cave des Amandiers, Chasselas, from Switzerland, Fendant Fully region
  2. 2016 Clos Saint Vincent, Vermentino, from France, Bellet (Provence) region
  3. 2011 Fredrich Becker, Riesling, from Germany, Pfalz region
  4. 2015 Ken Forrester the FMC, Chenin Blanc, from South Africa, Stellenboch region
  5. 2015 Boisset Les Trezins, Chardonnay, from France, Puligny Montrachet region
  6. 2013 Bini La Frosca, Garganega, from Italy, Soave Classico region
  7. 2012 La Cetto, Nebbiolo, from Mexico, Baja California region
  8. 2012 Chateau Kefraya, Cabernet Sauvignon 57% Syrah 30%, Lebanon
  9. 2014 Damaine de la Fourmone, Grenache 60% Syrah 40%, from France, Vacqueyras region
  10. 2012 Remondo Palacios Propiedad, Grenache, from Spain, Rioja region
  11. 2009 Chateau Figeac, Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Cabernet Franc 35%, from France, Saint Emilion region
  12. 1987 Dirk Niepoort, Touriga Nacional et. al., from Portugal, Porto region

Location:

  • Hyeres (Provence), France

Winning Teams:

  1. China, 108 Points
  2. France, 102 Points
  3. USA, 100 Points

Wines Poured:

  1. 2015 David Sadie, Chenin Blanc, from South Africa, Swartland Paardebosch region
  2. 2014 Ata Rangi, Chardonnay, from New Zealand, Wairarapa region
  3. 2015 Wittmann, Riesling Trocken, from Germany, Hesse Rhenanie region
  4. 2005 Francois Cotat La grande Cote, Sauvignon Blanc, from France, Sancerre region
  5. 2015 Ixsir Grande Reserve, Viognier 60% Sauvignon Blanc 25% Chardonnay 15%, from Lebanon
  6. 2010 Felsina, Sangiovese, from Italy, Tuscany Fontalloro region
  7. 2012 Chateau de Chambert Le Puits, Malbec, from France, Cahors region
  8. 2005 Domaine Peyre Rose Syrah Leone, Syrah 90% Mourvedre 10%, from France Languedoc region
  9. 2009 D’Arenberg The Eight Iron, Syrah, from Australia, McLarenvale region
  10. 2012 Ojai Bien Nacido, Pinot Noir, from USA, California Central Coast region
  11. 2014 Bodegas El Nido cuvee Clio, Mourvedre 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 30, from Spain, Jumilla region
  12. 2014 Domaine Cauhape Quatuor, Petit Manseng, from France, Jurancon region

Location:

  • Chateauneuf du Pape, France

Winning Teams:

  1. Spain, 140 Points
  2. Belgium, 138 Points
  3. Sweden, 115 Points

Wines Poured:

  1. 2005 Bollinger Grande annee, Pinot Noir 63% Chardonnay 37%, from France, Champagne region
  2. 2013 Te Mata, Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay region
  3. 2011 Friederich Becker Sonnenberg, Riesling, from Germany, Palatinat Rhenan region
  4. 2009 Kabola Unica Reserve, Malvasia, from Croatia, Istrie region
  5. 2014 Gaia Wild Ferment, Assyrtiko, from Greece, Santorini region
  6. 2012 Felsina Berardenga, Sangiovese, from Italy, Chaianti classico Tuscany region
  7. 1998 Chateau Vannieres, Mourvedre, from France, Bandol region
  8. 2012 Chamonix Greywake, Pinotage, from South Africa, Franschhoek Valley region
  9. 2007 Bosquet des Papes a la Gloire de mon pere, Grenache, from France Chateauneuf du Pape region
  10. 2006 Quinta Sandoria, Tempranillo 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, from Spain, Castilla y Leon region
  11. 2008 Chateau Climens, Semillon, from France, Sauternes region

Location:

  • Champange, France

Winning Teams:

  1. France, 139 Points
  2. Belgium, 118 Points
  3. Spain, 93 Points

Wines Poured:

  1. 2011 Colterenzio, Pinot Blanc, from Italy, Trentin Praedium Weisshaus region
  2. 2012 Emmerich Knoll, Gruner Veltliner, from Austria, Wachau region
  3. 2010 DOG Point Section 94, Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, Marlborough region
  4. 2009 Vergelegen, Sauvignon Blanc 65% Semillon 35%, from South Africa, Vergelegen region
  5. 2009 Clos Naudin Reserve, Chenin Blanc, from France, Vouvray region
  6. 2006 Jean Macle, Savagnin, from France, Chateau-Chalon region
  7. 2012 Vina Laroche El Chaparro, Pinot Noir, from Chile
  8. 2001 Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, Merlot 80% Cabernet Franc 20%, from France, Pomerol region
  9. 2009 Vidal Fleury Cote Blonde la Chatillonne, Syrah, from France, Cote-Rotie region
  10. 2007 Val de Flores, Malbec, from Argentina, Mendoza region
  11. 2008 Remondo Palacios Propiedad, Grenache 60% Tempranillo 40%, from Spain, Rioja region
  12. 2011 Taylor’s Vintage, Touriga Nacional et. al., from Portugal, Porto region

Location:

  • Bordeaux, France

Winning Teams (Point totals not provided):

  1. Belgium
  2. Denmark
  3. Great Britain

Wines Poured:

  1. 2010 Domaine Gini “La Frosca”, Garganega, from Italy, Soave Classico region
  2. 2011 Domaine Lackner Tinnacher “Flamberg”, Sauvignon Blanc, from Austria, Southern Styria region
  3. 2012 Vins d’Orrance Kama, Chenin Blanc, from South Africa, Western Cape regin
  4. 2010 Bonny Doon Cigare Blanc, Roussane 65% Granache Blanc 35%, from USA, Santa Cruz region
  5. 2010 Chateau de Pommard 1er Cru Grechons, Chardonnay, from France, Burgundy Ladoix region
  6. 2011 Rene Mure, Pinot Noir, from France, Alsace Clos Saint Landelin region
  7. 1998 Chateau Rayas, Grenache, from France, Chateauneuf du Pape region
  8. 2011 Te Mata Bullnose, Syrah, from New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay region
  9. 2009 Atamisque, Malbec, from Argentina, Mendoza region
  10. 2009 Alavaro Palacios Les Terrasses, Grenache, from Spain, Priorat region
  11. 2005 Mount Langi, Syrah, from Australia, Victoria region
  12. 1989 Chateau Coutet, Semillon, from France, Sauternes-Barsac region