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February 10, 2017, Alghero (Sardinia) - Italy


The « GRENACHES DU MONDE » wine competition is organised by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon, 19 Avenue de Grande Bretagne – BP 649 – 66 006 Perpignan Cedex (website: www.grenachesdumonde.com).
The « GRENACHES DU MONDE » competition is organised in accordance with the rules below.


The « GRENACHES DU MONDE » competition has numerous aims, primarily:

  • To promote good quality wines from the Grenache grape variety
  • To encourage the production of Grenache and boost consumption of the varietal
  • To increase awareness of the differing characteristics of Grenache wines produced in different countries
  • To assist the consumer in selecting the best Grenache wines from around the world by establishing a seal of approval and a reliable buying cue for an increasingly complex wine range.


The competition is open exclusively to wines from the Grenache grape variety (Grenache noir, blanc and gris) in all categories of wine (dry, medium dry, sweet, dessert, liqueur, sparkling wines, etc…), from all countries and wine regions.
Its ambition is to compare the quality of wines with a minimum Grenache varietal content of 60% in accordance with regulations in the producer country.
NB: according to international regulations Grenache wine is considered « pure », when it contains a minimum Grenache content of 85 %. A wine containing less than 85 % Grenache is considered to be a blend.


All producer countries are admitted provided the participants are:

  • Winegrowers
  • Co-operative wineries
  • Co-operative unions
  • Producer groups
  • Shippers responsible for maturing wines
  • Growers with shipping activities


Conditions for entering the GRENACHES DU MONDE competition are the following:

  • Wines entered must be bottled.
  • Bottle labels must comply with:
    - E.U. regulations for European Member countries.
    - Current production regulations and import regulations in non-EU producer countries.
  • The competing wines must come from a consistent batch of at least 1,000 litres and be stored with the intention of being sold.
  • A smaller volume, of no less than 100 litres, may be allowed when production is particularly small.


To compete, the wines must come from a consistent batch. Each sample entered must meet the following conditions:

  • 6 bottles per entry (75 cl bottles) / 8 bottles per entry (50 cl bottles) / 4 bottles per entry (1.50L bottles).
  • Bottles must display their commercial label.


To enter the competition participants must send a completed entry form by post before January 13, 2017.
The entry form is available at: www.grenachesdumonde.com
The entry form for each wine must state:

  • Full details of the participant who must be entitled to sell and distribute the batch from which the sample came.
  • The full designation of the wine, in accordance with regulations in the producer country, colour, vintage or age and the time, if any, spent in oak.
  • Wine category (dry, medium dry, sweet, dessert, liqueur, sparkling wines, etc…)
  • The percentage and colour of Grenache grape variety in the wine as well as other grape varieties present, if any.
  • For the sample entered, please state the volume of wine available for sale.

The entry form must also be accompanied by:

    • An analysis report, carried out by a certified laboratory or by a competent laboratory complying with local legislation or certified by the oenologist in charge of the winery.
      The analysis report must specifically name the wine, be signed and dated within the last year and indicate the batch number. The following information concerning the sample must also be provided:
      - density,
      - alcoholic strength by volume,
      - residual sugar,
      - volatile acidity,
      - total acidity,
      - total sulphur dioxide,
      - absorbance at 420 and 520 nm.
      - excess pressure for sparkling wines.
    • The statement of claim for the wines enjoying a Protected Designation of Origin or a Protected Geochart Indication.
    • Payment (cheque or bank transfer). For France:
      By cheque made payable to CIVR and attached to the entry form.
      For all other countries:
      By bank transfer or credit card (Visa, Mastercard/ Eurocard / American Express).

On receipt of samples and the entry fee the CIVR will exclude any wines, which do not comply with the competition rules. Any entry form not accompanied by the payment fee and analysis report will be refused entry. Entrants are responsible for information submitted on their entry form.


    • France: € 108.00 TTC (€ 90.00HT + 20% VAT) by sample for the first two.
  • Beyond € 72.00 TTC by sample (€ 60,00 HT + 20% VAT)
  • European Union: € 90.00 by sample for the first two, beyond € 60.00 by sample, with your EU VAT N°
  • Non-European Union: € 90.00 by sample for the first two, beyond € 60.00 by sample.

    Example : 4 samples presented = 2 x € 90.00 for the first two wines, and 2 x € 60.00 for next two, totalling € 180.00 + € 120.00 = € 300.00

    Payment can be by cheque (France only), by bank transfer or by credit card VISA/ Mastercard / Eurocard/ American Express).

    Bank transfers should be made payable to the account CRCAM SUD MÉDITERRANÉE

    Bank code: 17106
    Sort code: 01167
    Account No.: 18555098000 Clé RIB : 03

    IBAN (International Bank Account Number)
    FR76 1710 6011 6718 5550 9800 003

    Code BIC (Bank Identification Code)

    Attach a copy of the remittance slip. State the transfer reference number on the entry form.

    Cheques must be sent with the entry form. Payment must be paid upon entry. Wines whose entry fees have not been paid will not be allowed to enter the competition. Bank charges will not be paid by the CIVR. Payment will not be refunded, regardless of circumstances leading to a cancelled entry.


    Samples must be sent to: l’Entrepôt GRENACHES DU MONDE - CIVR – 19 Avenue de Grande Bretagne – BP 649 – 66006 Perpignan Cedex, before January 13, 2017.
    Delivery times are Monday to Friday from 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm. Transport costs are at the expense of the participant and at his/her own risk (shipping, customs and taxes to be paid by the sender). Samples can be sent via the carrier of your choice. Any samples sent freight collect will be rejected.
    Samples that do not comply with competition rules will not be returned and will remain the property of the CIVR.


    The CIVR will check all samples received and their accompanying documentation. Samples which do not comply with all clauses of the rules will be rejected. Particular attention will be paid to correct designation or geographical indication. Bottle labelling for E.U entries must comply with European Union legislation; other participants must comply with current legislation in the producer country. Subsequently, samples will be sorted according to characteristics specified in the entry documentation, or if necessary by actual observation.

    The competition’s organiser will store all samples in a secure location where temperature and general conditions ensure the wines enjoy optimal storage conditions.

    ARTICLE 11 – Wine Classification and flighting

    After inspection, based on the entry documents, analysis reports and correct category designation, the samples will be flighted by origin and type and submitted to the judges in decreasing order of vintage; judges will not be informed of the names of any wines.


    Samples will be assessed by judges whose number will depend on the amount and type of wines entered in the competition. The CIVR will designate the judges. Each panel will in principle consist of 5 members (2 French and 3 non French). Under no circumstances will the number of judges be less than 5. The judges will have excellent tasting abilities and will be selected amongst the most prominent specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, including production, marketing, communication, and consumers.

    Each panel will be placed under the authority of a chairman appointed by the CIVR.
    The panel chairman will ensure the smooth running of the tastings, the qualities of the wines served and ensure the tasting sheets are properly completed and checked.
    The chairman is responsible for ensuring correct procedures during the tastings:

    • 1. Ensuring the names of the wines are not disclosed.
    • 2. Organising a second tasting of a sample if deemed appropriate.

    The number of international judges will be determined by the number of entries in the competition.


    Anonymity of the wines is a fundamental principle of the competition. Judges will not know the identity of the wine, its origins, its price, any evaluations or awards it has received, therefore maintaining total anonymity. The panels formed by the CIVR will be in an isolated, quiet, well-lit and well-ventilated room. Access will be forbidden to anyone not involved in the seamless running of the tastings.

    A second room out of the judges’ sight will be used to open the bottles so as to ensure the tasting remains anonymous. In all cases, the bottles will be placed in packaging, which conceals the shape of the bottle and guarantees sample anonymity. The CIVR guarantees optimum tasting conditions for the panels.

    Each wine will be tasted individually without comparison to others. Each judge will be given a tasting sheet.
    The assessment of the wines will be descriptive and include comments on :

    • sight
    • smell
    • impression on the palate
    • overall impression

    The CIVR will ensure the smooth running of the Grenaches du Monde competition by diligent sample preparation, organisation and management of the tastings. Through a comprehensive judging process, the CIVR will ensure that competition results are correctly managed and published.

    Awards: The awards scale is based on an appreciation system allowing entries to be classed according to their intrinsic quality. The CIVR has defined the following awards:

    • Grand Gold Medal (mark from 92,5 to 100)
    • Gold Medal (mark from 87 to 92,4)
    • Silver Medal (mark from 84 to 86,9)

    Medals will be limited to 30% of wines entered, in accordance with O.I.V. rules. They will be awarded according to the judges’ decision to wines that express outstanding qualities and are deemed meritorious. The results will be announced on the night of the competition. The winners will duly be informed by post. Winners will receive a certificate from the CIVR specifying the nature of the award, the identity of the wine, the declared volume and the name and address of the beneficiary. Bottle stickers for award-winning wines will be available through the CIVR for a fee based on the volume of wine stated on the entry form. Any other reference to the award on the bottle is not permitted. The CIVR reserves the right to check the use of the award for commercial purposes. Unauthorised use and reproduction of the logo and awards is strictly forbidden. The results of the competition will be distributed as widely as possible (the internet, specialist magazines, gourmet food magazines, etc.).


    If an event beyond the control of the CIVR prevents the smooth running of the event, the GRENACHES DU MONDE competition cannot under any circumstances be held responsible. The CIVR reserves the right to cancel the competition, to alter the proposed date, to shorten, lengthen and change the conditions and running order in the event of force majeure (epidemic, fire, flooding, natural catastrophes, strike, acts of terrorism, etc ...) and for any event beyond its control or if deemed necessary. Responsibility will not be incurred by CIVR and therefore no compensation can be sought by participants.
    The CIVR cannot be held responsible for any theft, loss, delay or damage during the transport of samples.


    The CIVR reserves the right to cancel wrongly completed or incomplete entry forms and to eliminate any sample that does not comply with the regulations. The CIVR is the only organisation authorised to settle any legal disputes. The organisers reserve the right to have any of the winning entries analysed by an approved oenological analysis laboratory and, subject to the results of the analysis, to take whatever action they consider necessary. Two months before the event is due to take place, the organisers will notify the Direction Départementale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF or trading standards) informing it of the competition’s venue. The notification will specify the date and location of the competition. Within two months following the competition, the organisers will send the Direction Départementale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) a report stating the number of entries (overall and by category), the number of entries submitted for pre-selection (overall and by category), the number of winning entries (overall and by category), the number of awards granted (by type of award) and information identifying each award-winning wine and the award holder. The award holder and the organisers will each keep a sample of the award- winning wine together with its analysis report.

    These samples will be available for inspection or analysis by trading standards (DGCCRF), for a period of one year after the competition.
    Product samples submitted in the competition can be, at the end of it, used by the organizer for promotional or training. They will not be returned to the grower or the shipper.


    Entering the competition implies acceptance and compliance with the current rules. Costs involved in entering the competition will not be refunded if the samples, entry documents or entry fees arrive after the entry deadline.

    Competitions rules