50 Great Greek Wines, the Greek wine competition which awards the country’s best wines will take place between 22-25 April, 2020. At this pioneering competition, priority is given to the wines’ quality criteria and not to their quantity. 50 Great Greek Wines awards the top 50 wines in the overall rankings as well as the 3 winners in each category.
The founder and inspiration behind the 50 Great Greek Wines is Master of Wine John Karakassis MW, who expects it to be much more than just a wine competition that delivers a plethora of medals. In fact, he explains his intentions as “my goal is these 50 wines to become the ambassadors that will open the international markets for Greek wine. To afford a reliable and easy access to Greek wine for every buyer and oenophile, creating in them a desire to get more involved.”
Everyone’s involved in the competition primary concern is its credibility, so the judges consist only of top wine tasters of international fame. The 2020 judging panel will comprise Mark Andrew MW (co-founder of Noble Rot magazine), Stefan Neumann MS (wine manager at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant), Kelli White (Senior Staff Writer at GuildSomm), Terry Kandylis (Head Sommelier at club 67 Pall Mall), Wojciech Bońkowski (wine journalist and author of 4 books), and Gregory Michailos Dip WSET (independent wine consultant and trainer).
The 50 GGW team shares the vision of all Greek wine producers for extroversion and development. The objective of all those involved in the competition is for the awarded wines to have the opportunity to travel around the world and promote the image of the Greek vineyard. That is why, the competition will be accompanied by a series of innovative actions in Greece and abroad, as well as an online guidebook to help spread the great Greek wines all across the world.
The 50 Great Greek Wines awards ceremony will take place at a special event at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on May 5, 2020. The competition is under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, Wines of Greece, Enterprise Greece, the Greek Wine Federation, the Central Cooperative Union of Wine Products, and the Artisanal Wineries of Greece.