The Vins de Provence annual tasting competition took place on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence in Les Arcs sur Argens in the Var Department. Nearly 700 wines were sampled by the tasting panel which comprised over 150 ODG-approved (Organisme de Défense et de Gestion) judges from the wine industry including trained tasters from the Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé. The tasting and competition is organized each year by Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP).
Prizes were awarded to 165 wines from Côtes de Provence (including sub-appellations), Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. Of these 63 wines were gold medal winners; 80 were awarded silver medals and 22 achieved bronze medals. A maximum of 25% of entrants could be awarded from the full pool of entrants.
Any wine intended for consumption from Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence could be entered into the competition. Wines from the 2105 harvest, or any previous harvest, were permitted and rosé, white, and red wines were all a part of the competition.
Entrants were to submit six fully dressed bottles, for packaged wines, or two bottles for bulk wines from the tank.
For the complete list of gold medal winners, please visit my complete piece at Provence WineZine, where it was originally published.