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This weekend’s highlight: Vino Ljubljana

23. 6. 2014
From Friday, 27 June, to Sunday, 29 June, GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre is hosting 56th International Wine Competition Vino Ljubljana at the Ljubljana Castle. The revived event Vino Ljubljana is actually a compilation of two events with a years-long tradition: wine competition will be followed by the wine fair which will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre from 4 to 6 September. Organizers will place a special emphasis on informing young population about the culture of consuming wine; the accompanying program will be enriched by the Slovenian celebrities’ competition in knowledge of wines and culinary specialities, attractive cooking shows, introduction of Slovenian wine producers’ spouses, etc.

At the 56th International Wine Competition Vino Ljubljana, from Friday to Sunday 40 tasters from 11 countries will be evaluating nearly 300 wine samples from 19 countries, some of them coming from faraway Japan, India, Uruguay, etc. Traditionally, Vino Ljubljana grants awards for the World Champion, Slovene Champion, Champion of the Wine-Growing District, Slovene Champion of an Individual Sort, trophies Vinofed, Tsukamoto, and Akos Asvany, Winner of Slovene Wine Curiosities and Great Gold Medal. The awards will be granted to the winners at the official opening of the Wine Fair on the 3rd September.’
The results of the 56th International Wine Competition will be known on Sunday, 29 June in the afternoon. The award ceremony where winners will be announced and receive medals and diplomas will be held at the opening of Wine Fair on 3 September 2014 at the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. The wines with highest awards will be available in Tuš stores, on specially labelled shelves.

As Iztok Bricl, M.Sc. Director of the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, pointed out, at GR they believe that Slovenia needs Vino Ljubljana to again penetrate significant wine-growing and wine-producing countries. This is one of the reasons why, during the wine fair, Ljubljana will live with Ljubljana Wine Route and other events in the city centre.

International wine competition Vino Ljubljana - the last one was held at the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre in 2009 - is among ten foremost competitions in the world. From the very beginning it has enjoyed the expert sponsorship of the most important world organizations in charge of sensory analyses of wine: OIV - the International Organisation of Vine and Wine from Paris, France (since 1955) and UIE - International Association of Oenologists from Paris, France (since 1980). The honorary sponsor of Vino Ljubljana 2014 is Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, and other partners are Tourism Ljubljana, Ljubljana Castle, Tuš stores and Tourism in vineyard cottages.

'In the days of evaluation, the main protagonists are wine and the taster. 40 tasters from 11 countries are evaluating nearly 300 wine samples from 19 countries. Our task is to pay close attention to the quality of wine - all parameters characteristic for a wine. We shall thoroughly evaluate, describe and award the wines. It’s demanding work with the choice of world champions in finals,’ says Iztok Klenar, president of the 56th International Wine Evaluation.

Vino Ljubljana is organized according to OIV rules. Absolute anonymity of individual samples is guaranteed, and they are evaluated by worldly renowned tasters with technically the most advanced procedures. The 100-point method proposed by OIV in UIE is upgraded by descriptive assessments of all wine parameters (by profiling individual wine parameters and aroma descriptors), for which special computer software is used. Tasters are obliged to carry out all three phases of evaluation. Approximately 70% of samples at Ljubljana wine competition come from abroad and about 30% are domestic.

The event Vino Ljubljana started in 1955 and is considered the oldest international wine competition in the world. As the city of vine and wine, Ljubljana has been a very important wine-trading city since Middle Ages. Back in 1811, Ljubljana hosted a tasting of Illyrian wines, and the first wine exhibition was held in 1926, at the Ljubljana large-scale fair as part of the exhibition Ljubljana in Autumn. The predecessor of today’s event, the first Yugoslavian Wine Exhibition, was held in 1954. In 1976, the first general assembly of OIV was held in Ljubljana, when international wine competition was organized according to its rules for the first time. 

The event is closed for public, and we invite media representatives to visit the 56th International wine competition according to a previous arrangement in Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning. If you want to visit, please contact Ms. Marjana Lavrič, PR Manager at the GR: 041 236 912; marjana.lavric@gr-sejem.s