At Mondovino, there are a large number of award-winning wines. These awards have been given by independent persons such as Antonio Galloni, wine guides specializing in one country, such as Gambero Rosso for Italy, and wine exhibitions including Expovina and the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse.
Different evaluators usually have varying opinions on the same wine. It is therefore important to consider a number of different sources. Find out more about the best-known wine awards and discover the award-winning wines in our range.
The most influential global wine critic Robert Parker sold his "Wine Advocate" publication at the end of 2012. However, Parker points are still important when it comes to assessing wines. A 100-point scale is used to evaluate wines from all over the world, and 100 Parker points are the maximum rating. Wines with 90–95 Parker points are classed as "Outstanding", while those with 96–100 Parker points count as "Extraordinary". Wines that score 100 points are considered to be perfect, exceptional vintages and worth almost any price.
American wine critic James Suckling became well known as the editor-in-chief of "Wine Spectator". In 2010 he established his own website – jamessuckling.com, and is considered one of the most influential wine critics. His wine ratings are based on the internationally recognized 100-point scale. Wines with 85–89 points are classed as "Good to high quality", those with 90–94 points as "Outstanding", and those with 95–100 points as "Must buy".
Jancis Robinson is one of the world's best-known wine experts. She has written many books, including the The Oxford Companion to Wine – and is a Master of Wine. Since 2000, Jancis Robinson's articles and rankings have been available on her website. Wines are evaluated using a 20-point scale.
Antonio Galloni is an American wine critic who was considered the designated successor to Robert Parker until 2013, then he established his own company – Vinousmedia. Not least since Vinousmedia's takeover of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, the oldest independent American wine magazine, Antonio Galloni has been considered by wine lovers to be one of the most influential wine critics. His wine ratings are based on the internationally recognized 100-point scale. Wines with 85–89 points are classed as "Excellent", those with 90–95 points as "Outstanding", and those with 96–100 points as "Exceptional".
American wine critic Jeb Dunnuck is considered the most knowledgeable connoisseur of Rhône wines. In 2008 he published the "Rhône Report", which in 2013 was read in 24 countries and was the leading publication evaluating wines from the Rhône. From 2013 to 2017, Jeb evaluated Rhône wines for the Wine Advocate. Then in 2017 he set up independently again with jebdunnuck.com. His wine ratings are based on the internationally recognized 100-point scale. Wines with 85–89 points are classed as "Very Good to Good", those with 90–95 points as "Outstanding", and those with 96–100 points are "As good as it gets".
James Halliday is an Australian wine critic and wine author. In the "Australian Wine Companion" published by James Halliday, the wine ratings are based on the internationally recognized 100-point scale. Wines with 86–89 points are classed as "Recommended", those with 90–93 points as "Highly recommended", and those with 94–99 points as "Outstanding" or "Exceptional".
Swedish champagne expert Richard Juhlin is held to be no. 1 in the world. His Champagne Guide can be found in almost all of the region's cellars and is considered the standard reference work for all champagne lovers. His wine ratings are based on the internationally recognized 100-point scale. However, Richard Juhlin's ratings are about 10 points lower than those of more generous critics like Robert Parker. Only one champagne has ever scored 100 points. Wines with 80 points are rated Really good.
Allen Meadows is an American wine critic and author of Burghound.com, probably the best-known publication evaluating Burgundy wines. He also sporadically evaluates Pinot noir from the USA and champagne. His wine ratings are based on the internationally recognized 100-point scale. Wines with 85–89 points are classed as "Good to high quality", those with 90–94 points as "Outstanding", and those with 95–100 points as "Truly incomparable and emotionally thrilling".
Wines with awards from Allen Meadows
Awards in publications
Respected magazines and wine guides regularly provide an excellent overview of wines worthy of an award. We explain the different regional focuses and rating systems, which you can use to find and enjoy particularly high-quality wines.
"Vinum" is the most influential German-language wine magazine and is published ten times a year. Independent experts rate a range of wines from all wine regions. Wines are evaluated using a 20-point scale. Wines with 16 points are "Very good, regionally typical with their own character and of above-average quality", 17 points are awarded to "Excellent wines which definitely have their own character and/or are of the highest technical level", 18-point wines are "Great, individual, with good ageing potential", 19 points are awarded to "Really great, individual wines that are impressively harmonious", and 20 points are awarded to "Phenomenal, stunningly and perfectly harmonious wines which are from an excellent vintage and have reached drinking maturity".
"Wine Spectator" is one of the most significant wine magazines. It started out in the USA, but "Wine Spectator" is now read all across the globe. Renowned expert journalists evaluate over 15,000 wines each year. They are evaluated using a 100-point scale. Wines with 85–89 points are classed as "Very good", those with 90–94 points as "Outstanding", and those with 95-100 points as "Classic: a great wine".
The book "Vini d'Italia" published by Gambero Rosso is the undisputed standard work for rating Italian wines. Each year it evaluates over 20,000 wines from over 2,000 wineries. Wines are awarded wine glasses for quality. "Good" wines get one glass. "Very good" wines get two glasses and the highest award for "Outstanding" wines is three glasses.
"Decanter" is one of the most significant wine magazines. It started out in England, but "Decanter" is now read in over ninety countries, with more than half its readers located outside England. Renowned expert journalists evaluate over 4,000 wines each year from all wine regions. It uses two scales – a 20-point scale and a 100-point scale.
The Guía Peñín is Spain's best known and most important wine guide. Its experts taste over 9,000 wines from all Spain's winegrowing regions. The ratings are based on the 100-point scale that became popular thanks to Robert Parker. Wines with 80–89 points are classed as "Very good wine", those with 90–94 points as "Excellent wine", and those with 95–100 points as "Exceptional".
WeinWisser is an independent Swiss wine newsletter that describes and evaluates over 4,000 wines each year. Wines are evaluated using a 20-point (WW) scale. Wines with 16 WW are "Very good, characterful", with 17 WW they are "Excellent, with individual style", with 18 WW "Great, individual, with good ageing potential", with 19 WW "Exceptional, impressive, certain to last well", and 20 WW means "Exceptional vintage, amazing".
Wines with awards from WeinWisser
Awards from competitions and wine fairs
Wine exhibitions, fairs and competitions regularly award prizes for particular wine specialities. Depending on the type of event, juries are made up of different experts who are on the lookout for top-quality international or local wines.
The Grand Prix du Vin Suisse is the top competition for Swiss wines and winemakers and takes place every autumn. Over a period of six days, a jury of 150 experienced wine tasters from all over Switzerland tastes more than 3,000 wines from over 600 Swiss winemakers. The jury awards gold and silver medals to wines in 12 categories, along with special prizes for the best organic wine and the Winemaker of the Year.
Expovina is the most important test of the international wines on the Swiss market. More than 150 experts in wine production, research and trading and the hospitality industry judge over 2,300 wines. The exhibition is intended to help consumers select and buy wines. To this end, a neutral, reputable jury awards prizes in six wine categories with 18 subcategories: "Top gold diploma", "Gold diploma", "Silver diploma" and the "Vetropack prize" for the best Swiss red wine from one of the main varieties.
The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is one of the world's biggest wine competitions. Each year a jury of international wine experts evaluates around 8,000 wines from over 50 countries. The jury awards "Grand Gold", "Gold" and "Silver" medals.
Wines with awards from the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Millésime Bio was founded in 1993 by winemakers from Languedoc-Roussillon and is now probably the best-known international trade fair for organic wines. It takes place every year at the "Parc des Expositions" exhibition site in Montpellier. Challenge Millésime Bio is a Millésime Bio competition. It is open to all organic wines that meet the applicable European legislation on organic cultivation. A jury of wine experts awards "Gold", "Silver" and "Bronze" medals.
The international wine competition Mundus Vini was established in 2001. It is now one of the largest and most renowned wine award events in the world. Each year a jury of international wine experts evaluates around 6 000 wines from over 40 countries. The jury awards "Grand Gold", "Gold" and "Silver" medals.