A double win for TASCA D’ALMERITA at the 4th edition of the CHINA WINE CHALLENGE, the independent wine competition created in partnership with the IMW in 2010 under the direction of Lynn Sheriff, Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, alongside a panel of international and local critics. It is becoming a benchmark competition in the Chinese market.
The CWC awarded the GOLD MEDAL and the title of BEST OLD WORLD WHITE WINE to Tasca d’Almerita’s “Nozze d’Oro 2010.”
This is a very important accomplishment for Sicilian winemaking in that it is the first Sicilian wine to win the award.
Tasca d’Almerita’s NOZZE D’ORO is representative of the enological history of Sicily. It is a blend of Inzolia and Sauvignon Blanc (a special Tasca variety) created by Count Giuseppe in 1984 to celebrate his 50thwedding anniversary with his wife, Franca. Inzolia gives structure and aging capacity, while Sauvignon Tasca enhances the wine with extremely pleasant and fresh aromas. Since the 2004 harvest, the wine has been produced from grapes grown in new vineyards created during a zoning project at the Regaleali Winery that was completed at the end of the 1990s. An indigenous yeast selected from the San Francesco vineyard is used for fermentation. The surprising result guarantees an impressive aging capacity for a white wine that is not barrel aged.
The CWC was founded in 2010with the goal of creating an independent competition capable of demonstrating the enormous potential of the Chinese market to the international wine world, once parameters for judging quality were established. Founded under the presidency of Steven Spurrier, the legendary wine critic, and strengthened by a partnership with the IMW, the most prestigious training institution for wine critics, the CWC aims to train current local wine tasters to become authoritative wine critics in the future and to support their continued professional growth with scholarships for the Masters of Wine Institute summer school in Australia.