Association Foire aux Vins d’Orange
The founding of this non-profit association in 1952 stemmed from the wishes of a handful of wine professionals in the city of Orange – négociants, commissioners, brokers and producers.
The Foire aux Vins d’Orange – as it was long called – is the oldest vine & wine event in the Rhône Valley: when it was created, there was no industry brotherhood, no interprofessional committee, and no tasting competition.
A footnote: in its first year it featured 26 samples and 16 tasters, and was supported by four 100-franc subsidies!
The event has since grown steadily, and now enjoys European and global status.
In 2007 it changed its name, becoming “Concours des Vins à Orange”.
An unmissable fixture in the calendar, recognised by the European authorities, in 2008 it attracted 3,037 samples of wines from appellations across the Rhône Valley – but no further afield. These were assessed by 154 tasting juries comprising French and international professionals and discerning amateurs.
The following awards were presented:
• 75 Gold Medals with the Jury's Congratulations
• 248 Gold Medals
• 260 Silver Medals
• 119 Bronze Medals