28 Jul Real economic realities blended into altitude viticulture
Mountain and altitude Viticulture. The areas where vines are grown in extreme conditions and thanks to which, the quality of the wines is objectively higher.
We don’t defend open-air museums, but real economic realities
And the quality of a product is important especially if it is combined with the territory where it is born.
Since the quality of the landscape marks decisively the vineyards, this distinctive element is the context with which heroic winemakers struggle while playing a social role in enhancing the culture and traditions. Cervim’s president, Roberto Gaudio, on his visit to Cyprus does however send a signal for us to heed:
These true “wine-growing sanctuaries” could, however, be in danger of disappearing because of their considerable production costs, which are ten times higher than in flatland vineyards.
As altitude viticulture has become a point of reference in Europe, CERVIM, A Centre for Research, Environmental Sustainability and Advancement of Mountain Viticulture, has the specific purpose of promoting and protecting the heroic viticulture, a development that Islands in the Mediterranean and neighboring Eastern Mediterranean historic vineyards should follow.
Also part of Cervim’s effort, is the celebration of the Mondial des Vins Extrêmes. It is a reserved competition and a great effort to an ever growing interest in participants. Now in its 27th edition, it hosted this year 340 wineries with entries of 922 wines from 25 countries. This record-breaking year was especially special due to the participation of several wineries from Cyprus with good results of merit.
The results having been published, we would like to Congratulate Vouni Panayia, Oenou Yi Ktima Vassiliades and Tsiakkas Wineries for their participation and thus demonstrating a continued and growing commitment towards the distinctive viticulture which characterizes Cyprus achievements.
Mondial des Vins Extrêmes
The characteristic that singles out the Mondial des Vins Extrêmes on the wine competition scene worldwide is mainly due to the varieties of wines tasted, most of which are produced from local vines on unique terroirs that make their ineffaceable mark on the fragrances and flavours. This peculiarity attracts the many experts who every year submit their candidacy to judge in the competition which, as every year, is held in the Aosta Valley.
Entries are divided into 9 categories:
1 – Still white wines from 2018, (containing up to 6 g/l of sugar residue);
2 – Still white wines from 2017 or earlier, (containing up to 6 g/l of sugar residue);
3 – Still semi-sweet white wines (containing between 6.1 and 45 g/l of sugar residue);
4 – Still red wines from 2017 and 2018;
5 – Still red wines from 2016 or earlier;
6 – Still rosé wines;
7 – Sparkling wines;
8 – Sweet wines (with more than 45.1 g/l of sugar residue);
9 – Fortified wines.
Wines which may take part in the Mondial des Vins Extrêmes – are those labelled with the PDO Protected Denomination of Origin, or with the PGI Protected Geographical Indication. It is open to all wines produced using grapes from vineyards presenting one of the following permanent structural difficulties:
-Altitude higher than 500 metres above sea level, excluding vineyards on high plateaus;
-slopes with gradients greater than 30%;
-vines grown on terraces or embankments;
-vines grown on small islands.
More Info: ww.mondialvinsextremes.com