yarden kazrin2The "Wine World Cup" goes to Golan Heights Winery based in Katztrin (Israel). Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo, Campobello di Licata (Agrigento), and Bodegas Marques de Carrion, Spain, take the special "Vinitaly Nation 2011" award.

Verona, 2 April 2011. And the best wine producer in the world ... comes from Israel. The 2011 edition of the International Wine Competition rewarded the Golan Heights Winery - a relatively young reality founded in 1983 at Katzrin (Israel).
It is the first time that the Gran Vinitaly Special Award has been assigned by the jury to an Israeli wine-maker. The award is made to the producer achieving the highest scores for two wines taking medals in different categories.
Golan Heights Winery had already taken important Vinitaly awards in previous editions of the International Wine Competition (with Grand Gold Medals in 2004 and 2006).
The Israeli cellar convinced 105 jury members – chosen from among authoritative oenologists and sector journalists from all over the world for this prestigious preview of the 45th Vinitaly – ahead of the “competition” comprising 3,720 bottles (3,646 in 2010) presented by more than 1,000 wine-making companies taking part from 30 countries world-wide: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Republic of San Marino, Rumania, Serbia Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Hungary, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The event enjoys the patronage of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin, the Union Internationale des Oenologues, the Ministry for Agricultural Policies and the Ministry of Production in collaboration with Assoenologi and ICE.
The Vinitaly International Wine Competition 2011 confirmed is status as the most selective and rigorous in the world by awarding only 71 medals (the same number as in 2010, compared to 113 in 2009) to participants through procedures intended to ensure the anonymity of wines under the supervision of Maria Maddalena Buoninconti, Notary Public in Verona.
As defined in the regulations, all producers taking a medal will be able to affix a label indicating the distinction "International Wine Competition 2011" only to the batches of wines taking awards).
Overall, 1,042 "Special Mention" diplomas were awarded this year: the first twenty wines in each category and group achieving the best score were assessed again by three different juries. Among these, those obtaining the best performances respectively took the Grand Gold Medal, Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Bronze Medal.
Sixteen Grand Gold Medals, 17 Gold Medals, 19 Silver Medals and 18 Bronze Medals were awarded.
Roll of Honour - International Wine Competition

2010 Gianni Zonin Vineyards of Gambellara - Italy

2001 Ernest & Giulio Gallo Winery – USA

2009 Inniskillin Wines Inc. - Niagara On The Lake - Canada

2000 Banfi – Italy

1999 Cellars Tollo – Italy

2008 Divino Nordheim – Die

Winzergenossenschaft - Germany

1998 Ernest & Giulio Gallo Winery – USA

1997 Tasca D’Almerita

2007 Wyndham Estate – Australia

1996 Banfi - Italy

2006 Segura Viudas  – Spain

1995 Banfi - Italy

2005 Cavit S.C - Italy

1994 Banfi - Italy

2004 Azienda Vinicola Miceli - Italy

1993 Cantine Marchesi di Barolo - Italy

2003 Vineland Estates Winery – Canada


2002 Ernest & Giulio Gallo Winery - USA


Two companies won the Special “Vinitaly Nation 2011” Award, made to the producer in every country obtaining the best score on the basis of the sum of assessments for the best three wines taking Special Mention diplomas.
This prestigious recognition this year went to Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo – Terre della Baronia Spa, Campobello di Licata (Agrigento, Italy), that also took the "Vinitaly Region 2011" award, and Bodegas Marques de Carrion S.A., Cabastida – Alava, Spain.
The second edition of the Special “Vinitaly Region 2011” Award  for the producer in every Italian region achieving the best result on the basis of the sum of the highest scores for the three best wines taking Special Mentions – went to the following cellars: Veneto: Cantina Valpolicella Negrar Sca – Negrar (Verona); Puglia: Azienda agricola La Mea di Maci Marco – Cellino San Marco (Brindisi); Tuscany: Banfi Distribuzione srl – Montalcino (Siena); Sicily: Azienda agricola G. Milazzo – Terre della Baronia Spa di Campobello di Licata (Agrigento); Lombardy: Le Cantorie azienda agricola – Gussago (Brescia); Abruzzo: Società cooperativa agricola olearia vinicola Orsogna – Orsogna (Chieti); Sardinia: Carpante Usini srl – Usini (Sassari); Emilia-Romagna: Cantine Ceci spa – Torrile (Parma); Piedmont: Vigne Regali srl – Strevi (Alessandria); Lazio:  Cantina Sant’Andrea azienda agricola – Terracina (Latina); Friuli Venezia Giulia: Eugenio Collavini Viticoltori spa – Corno di Rosazzo (Udine); Marches:  Terre Cortesi Moncaro società cooperativa agricola – Montecarotto (Ancona); Trentino-Alto Adige: Cavit s.c. – Trento ; Basilicata: Cantine del Notaio società agricola a r.l. – Rionero in Vulture (Power); Umbria: azienda agricola Dott. Valentino Cirulli – Ficulle (Terni).
The Special "Banca Popolare di Verona" award was made to Trentino Doc Vin Santo “Arele” 1999 by Cavit S.c. - Trento for the best score among all wines from the Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Trentino of Friuli in all categories envisaged by the regulations of the 19th International Wine Competition.