A Pinot Noir from the Weinperka vineyard trail, located near the village of Miroslav in Moravia, won a gold medal, the highest rating, and the title of overall champion at this year’s Mondial des Pinots. The wine beat off stiff competition from some of the world’s most renowned red wine growing regions with an exceptional score of 93.6 out of a possible 100.
The jury evaluated more than a thousand samples delivered by 335 producers from 20 countries. As well as the overall winner, Czech wines claimed another gold medal, awarded to a Pinot Gris from the Dívčí vrch vineyard in Strachotice, owned by the Znovín winery. A sommelier from Znovín said the region's terroir plays a part in making the perfect Pinot.
South Moravia accounts for 96 percent of Czech wine production, and over the last 25 years the Czech wine industry has seen significant improvements in winemaking technology and vineyard management. The Mondial des Pinots is a competition for producers, distributors and importers of wines made from Pinot grapes. It is the only international competition dedicated entirely to grapes from this specific family, with expert judges from around the world choosing the best wines in a range of categories.