The Swedish winery Gute Vingård, situated on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, recently won a Top Gold Medal in the Fourth International PIWI Wine Awards in Germany. This is a wine competition for wines made from fungus-resistant grapes (PIWI stands for the pilzwiderstandsfähige rebsorten). The aim of competition is to make consumers aware of these wines and that the grapes they use are environmentally friendly because they do not require spraying (or at least only very little) against fungus. 80% of all spraying in vineyards across Europe is precisely against fungal diseases.
Gute Vingård was awarded 96 points and thus the Top Gold Medal for its sweet wine Gute Ädel 2011 made from the Solaris grape, which is highly fungus-resistant. This was the jury’s opinion of the wine: Balanced, dynamic length, fine acidity-sweetness balance, exotic fruits meet fresh apples and spicy ginger. If you happen to be in Sweden you can buy this wine at Systembolaget for around 50 euro (375 ml).
More on the competition: piwi-international.de
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