Capezzana triumphs in London with its Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva

London, just like Los Angeles on the night of the Oscars! On 9th July at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane the Oscars of the Wine Trade were held, organized by the International Wine Challenge, the world-famous wine competition. One of the event’s protagonists was undoubtedly Capezzana’s 2011 Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva, which won yet another prestigious accolade: the Champion Wine Award in the dessert wine category.

That of the Awards Dinner was a magical evening: Beatrice and Benedetta Contini Bonacossi went up on stage to accept the prize, visibly excited and satisfied, and received a resounding round of applause from the audience.

The Vin Santo di Capezzana, which had already won the Italian Sweet Trophy, won out in the London-based competition’s final sprint against several other wines from Austria, Germany, Canada and South Africa. The judges said this wine had thrillingly intense, complex, rousing, nutty aromas. Very sweet but balanced by magnificent acidity. A glorious, complex wine with flavours of cream, nuts, dried fruits and a very clean finish.

It isn’t the first time that our Vin Santo di Carmignano has taken home this coveted title, because it also triumphed in 2007 with the 2000 vintage. For the Contini Bonacossi family, it was enormously gratifying to win the Champion Sweet Wine award again after twelve years.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC), now in its thirty-sixth edition, has distinguished itself over the years for being the competition that is most meticulous in judging the wines: the tastings are carried out totally blind, and 400 judges from 38 different nations were involved this year.

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