PAR®-Quality competition held again in the virtual space - top topic 2020: climate change and how the international scene is responding to it

Frasdorf, October 2020 - As successfully introduced in spring 2020, the autumn edition of the international organic wine award also took place from October 16 to 18, in strict compliance with the PAR®-Standards, held entirely in virtual space*). A total of 26 PAR ensured the usual quality and traceability of the results® Certified Master Tasters in Germany and Spain, supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG. Numerous organic wineries from all over the world put their trust in this in the second 2020 edition: This is how PAR®-Jury tasting 474 wines from 19 countries. A total of 40 great gold, 212 gold, 190 silver and 25 recommendations were awarded.
The results of the wines with fungus-resistant grape varieties: 3 times large gold 28 times gold 30 times silver
96 points 2019 Braunsberg Cabernet Cortis and Chambourcin from Irmgard Windegger from South Tyrol, 96 points 2019 Schnaiter Muscaris Auslese and 2018 Schnaiter Johanniter Spätlese from the winery in Hagenbüchle from the Remstal.

To the results list

With 176 submitted wines, Germany is the most strongly represented wine country at the autumn tasting 2020, followed by Italy and Austria. Measured by the number of big gold ratings, Italy's organic producers are clearly at the top. They dominate with 19 out of 40 top scores, followed by Germany and Spain with eight large gold medals each. Organic wines from Australia, South Africa, Austria and Hungary are also represented at the top.

From craft to high-tech: an exciting range at the top

The highest scores per category: With 99 points, the 2012 Marche Rosso Igt 'Confusion', which is stylistically modern in barrique barrels, tops the red wine category. The blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot comes from the Terra Argillosa winery in the Italian region of Marche. The 2013 Curato from the Tuscan winery Casa Lucii also achieved 99 points in the dessert wine category - a cuvée made from Trebbiano and San Colombano traditionally in a Caratelli barrel. Among the white wines, the 2019 Cuvée Inanna White Wine, traditionally matured in barriques, made from the grape varieties Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay scored 98 points. It comes from the Bodegas Parra Jimenez in the Spanish region of La Mancha. The highest rating among the tasted sparkling wines goes also with 98 points, to the modern 2019 Grillante Vino Spumante Grillo DOC BIO from Cantine Europa sca in Sicily.

The best in class in the rosé category with 95 points - a gold medal - is the 2019er Schillerwein QbA dry from Lauffener Weingärtner eG in Baden-Württemberg, which was developed reductively in steel tanks.

"Flexibility and know-how are becoming more and more important "

One topic that once again strongly shaped the tasting is the global changes for vineyards and vines due to climate change. Head of Tasting Martin Darting: “It can be seen again and again that the much-vaunted grape variety characteristics are dwindling under the rapidly changing climatic characteristics. Even red and white wines show similar aromas in comparable climatic data. "

In addition, there are many different interpretations by the winemakers when growing and expanding their wine. A clear distinction could be made here between modern styles with fruity, clear, brilliant wines without any claim to the origin and those with a terroir-emphasized style.

Martin Darting continues: “Winegrowers around the world are faced with the decision to come to terms with the new conditions and to allow the changed wine styles, or to maintain the proven typicality with all the means of artisanal oenology. This produces very different types of wine in each case. We find that flexibility and know-how are becoming more and more important in both the vineyard and the cellar. "

In order to be able to counter the steadily increasing stylistic diversity of the international organic wine scene with differentiated evaluations, the PAR work® Certified Masters in the jury, in addition to the common categories such as red or white wine, with oenological parameters such as oxidation and reduction as well as tradition and modernity. These have already been expanded to include three stylistic sub-categories for the spring 2020 edition, according to which the results in the online ranking can also be filtered: natural wine, terroir wine and wine with an emphasis on extracts.

New: Free online seminar for all participants

So that the producers get the maximum information from the detailed PAR®- After the quality competition, WINE System AG offers a free online seminar on the subject of “PAR®-Evaluate sheet ". It not only explains the individual parameters and the procedure of the tasters; there are also practical impulses for applying the knowledge in your own company. Two dates, each in German and English, are available.

You can find the complete ranking and rating sheets at

Supplementary information

*)For the online tasting for the international organic wine award 2020, all wines submitted were thematically assigned to the tasters according to climatic, stylistic and analytical parameters, anonymized and numbered before they were unpacked on site and presented to the jurors in a fixed order. This is also a new situation for the tasters, which, thanks to defined tasting standards, nevertheless results in the high reproduction of the PAR® Achieved results. As in the PAR®-Methodology provided, the examiners also work online in teams of two who first taste each wine separately before the result is discussed and only recorded after a consensus has been reached.

Background information:

The assessment according to PAR®: Thanks to the transparency of the internationally recognized sensory test system PAR® Every organic wine submitted receives a comprehensible and objective documentation of its sensory and oenological properties, which is always assessed in relation to the respective originality, origin and style. The PAR® Training enables the qualified jury from PAR® Certified Masters - mostly oenologists, IHK-certified sommeliers and appropriately qualified wine experts - to evaluate every wine neutrally and to exclude personal preferences or pre-made opinions regarding the "good taste" from the evaluation. In the context of modern oenology, new, international wine styles experience their appreciation and acceptance, as do traditionally produced wines. In addition to the attention that the wine price brings, many producers appreciate the insightful analyzes that the PAR®Assessment. They show exactly which criteria led to the respective result and provide valuable information for the quality management of the wines. The system guarantees an objective assessment in the PAR®-100 point scheme.

The WINE System AG, founded in 1999, is the basis for the evaluation system PAR developed by Martin Darting with a comprehensive and informative wine database and is a competent partner for winegrowers, dealers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology. WINE System AG has been under the management of Board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been writing for many years well-known quality competitions for wine - including the international organic wine award, the PAR® Wine Award International, the International PIWI Wine Award and many smaller competitions. The database with over 40,000 wines is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and serves as an important tool in many areas.


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