How many wines win medals per year?
Each year, the number of medal-winning wines varies according to the samples collected and to the vintage. A maximum of 25% of the entries win medals.
Four distinctions are possible: gold medal with jury's congratulations, gold medal, silver medal, and bronze medal.
Can all French wines enter the Concours des Vins à Orange?
No, only wines from the Côtes du Rhône and Rhône Valley AOCs and local Vins de Pays can compete.
How can you guarantee there is no deception?
The samples are directly collected at the estate in order to prevent deception, and are subject to a range of rules and checks.
The Association Concours de Vins à Orange organises and conducts the sampling, and applies a traceability system that complies with regulatory and qualification imperatives.
The wines are presented anonymously to the jury members. The members blind-taste the competing wines, judging them as per the individual judging sheets. A competitor cannot judge his own wines. The competition jury members are chosen from among wine-trade representatives, restaurant-trade representatives, and consumers.
How can I one be sure that the badged wines are actually the medal-winners?
We can check the traceability and authenticity of each badge and each wine.
How are the wines tasted? And who awards the medals?
The wines are presented anonymously to the jury members (500-600 tasters divided into 150-180 juries).
The competition jury members are chosen from among wine-trade representatives, restaurant-trade representatives, and consumers.
Each year, a president is appointed to each jury for his/her tasting expertise and ensures the tasting runs smoothly.
Are the medal-winning wines really better?
Yes! The jury members are professionals – négociants, brokers, importers from neighbouring countries, representatives of state authorities, representatives of growers' unions, and discerning amateur tasters from the restaurant and consumer communities.
Experienced tasters who have attended trainings, in particular those run by the Concours des Vins à Orange.
If the vintage is poor, do you award medals?
We award medals every year, but the number varies according to quality. For examples, there may be no or fewer gold medals with the jury's congratulations. The medals reward good growers and wine professionals when vintages are patchier, thus guaranteeing a certain quality of wine.
How can I be part of the jury?
Amateur-taster candidates apply online. After their expertise has been checked by the general manager, they may sit on judging panels in the competition.