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The 58th International Wine Competition – Vino Ljubljana held this month

8. 6. 2016

From 17 to 19 June, the 58th International Wine Competition – Vino Ljubljana will be held at the Ljubljana Castle. This year, they expect about 400 samples from more than 20 countries, which will be evaluated by 40 tasters from Japan, Italy, Macedonia, Germany, Canada, Montenegro, Austria, Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Argentina, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, and Slovenia from Friday till Sunday. Since 1987, Ljubljana is a city of vine and wine. The international organization for vine and wine from Paris (OIV) granted this title to Ljubljana due to its thousand-year wine tradition as well as to the oldest wine evaluation in the world, Vino Ljubljana, which has been organized by the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre since 1955. 

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 and Silver Medals.

The International Wine Competition Vino Ljubljana 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), the UIE - International Association of Oenologists from Paris, France (since 1980) and VINOFED - the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits competitions (since 1994, when it was founded: Ljubljana competition was even given the first chairmanship of this organization for three years and permanent membership). 

The honorary sponsor of Vino Ljubljana 2016 is Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. The Vino Ljubljana team is led by Matjaž Kovačič, the competition is presided by Iztok Klenar, and professional international frame is presented by Ghislain K. Laflamme, president of VINOFED, and Guido Baldeschi, an OIV delegate from Paris.

Vino Ljubljana is organized according to OIV rules. Absolute anonymity of individual samples is guaranteed, and they are evaluated by worldly renowned tasters, with the most advanced technical procedures. The 100-point method proposed by OIV and UIE (International Association of Oenologists) 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 Vino Ljubljana event, revived in 2014, is actually a compilation of two events with a years-long tradition: wine competition will be followed by the wine fair at the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre from 20 to 21 October, when there will also be the award ceremony of the 58th International Wine Competition Vino Ljubljana.

Awarded wines at the 2015 competition

We invite you to visit the 58th International wine competition according to a previous arrangement in Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning. Please contact Ms. Marjana Lavrič, PR Manager at the GR: 041 236 912; marjana.lavric@gr-sejem.si.