The Decanter World Wine Awards unveiled a record number of entries this morning, as it announced the results of the 2010 competition.
The results were announced to the wine trade at the London International Wine Fair at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands.
A total of 10,983 wines were entered, more than double the number of entries to the first competition seven years ago.
There had been earlier concerns that the numbers might be down due to natural disasters in Chile, Madeira and Turkey.
But the surprise bumper result confirmed the Decanter World Wine Awards as the largest international consumer wine competition.
In total, 68.8% of wines submitted received an award – with 11.9% being awarded Silver medals while 2.86% won a Gold or Regional trophy.
Announcing the results at Decanter’s stand, Sarah Kemp, Decanter publishing director, said ‘it was a record year for Decanter and, in one of the toughest years the wine trade has ever known, we’re thrilled with the result.
‘What we’re most proud of is our judging. Our judges, we believe, are the best in the world – from Isa Bal MS at the Fat Duck, to Jeannie Cho Lee MW.’
The international trophy winners will be announced at a special dinner at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on 1 September.
Trade members can click to view the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 results.
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Written by John Abbott