Evaluation

PREPARATION PROCEDURE 

  1. After the wines are purchased and collected, they will be cross-referenced with the wines/labels that the producers registered for participation on the online platform to ensure they agree. Then, later, the Organising Committee will arrange the flights (wine tasting order) based on the categories defined (e.g. Assyrtiko, Indigenous white varieties, etc.).
  1. Each Flight will have a code name, and each wine in the flight will also have its own unique code. Until the wines are served in the tasting room, where the evaluation process will occur, they are stored in ideal temperature and humidity conditions.
  1. Upon reception from the market and from the selected points, which maintain excellent conditions for preserving and storing wines, the samples will be checked by the organising committee to ensure that the information on the bottle agrees with that given upon registration. This is the first verification of the wine data.
  1. All samples will be photographed. A second verification will take place on the spot by the Organising Committee to ensure that the wines received match the ones entered by the producers.
  1. Each wine (each label) registered by the producer will receive a unique code that will follow it throughout the process and be its “identity”.
  1. The Organising Committee will group the wines into Flights (tasting order of wines within each flight) with their unique codes. A third verification of the wine data will ensure the validity of the data by 100% and that each code corresponds to a particular wine.
  1. Each flight created will be given a code name, and the wines participating in each flight will be registered with their individual code names (their “identity” as mentioned above, which they received upon registration from producers on the platform). Bottles are labelled with the flight code and their individual code names, and the whole process is verified once again.
  1. Wines are transferred to the tasting room and are stored in a separate chilled room in excellent conditions.
  1. The Organising Committee verifies wines and flights for the last time before presenting them in the competition room.
  1. The tasting room will be divided into two parts that will not allow visual contact of one department with the other. Wines will be served blindly to the judges.

The members of the organising committee are the following, and they are in no way involved in the tasting process.

  1. Yiannis Karakasis MW 
  2. Grigoris Michailos Dip WSET 
  3. Dimitris Manolakos 
  4. Sophia Drakou 
  5. Kostas Michalopoulos

EVALUATION PROCESS

We believe in small panels and people who are specialised in wine tasting, with a proven ability to judge the quality of wines. The judges participating are world-class tasters who have a particular interest and much experience tasting Greek wines. Information about judges and their biography can be found in the judges’ section.

  1. All wines are served according to the categories and Wine-Flights. Wines are categorised into flights in different rooms. Bottles will be tagged with the wine number within each flight.
  1. The tasting room will be divided into two parts where there will be no visual contact of one group with the other. Wines will be served blindly to the judges with the whole bottle covered to secure complete objectivity in tasting the wines by the judges during the evaluating process.
  1. The judges taste all wines blindly. They are informed only of the category of each wine, the alcohol level and the vintage (except for the Assyrtiko flight where only the alcohol level will be given). Information on the designation of origin will not be given (for example, an Assyrtiko is judged only within its flight, without the judge knowing whether it comes from Crete or Santorini or another region of Greece).
  1. If few producers produce a variety, it will be referred to as a rare indigenous variety to the judges without stating that the wine is made, for example, from Chidiriotiko.
  1. Sweet wines (with residual sugars > 45gr/lt will only compete within their category without participating in the overall Great 50.
  1. The judges first taste the wine flight before them, scoring each wine and taking notes. If there is a significant discrepancy between the votes of the judges for some wines (for some labels), then a discussion and exchange of views will follow to reach a common conclusion as to the rating of the wine.
  1. The judges’ ratings and the final score will be given on a scale of 100 and will express the average of the scores. The rating for each wine will be presented with the accuracy of a first decimal.
  1. The scores are recorded electronically on a system, which has been developed explicitly for 50 GGW, and the final confirmation takes place. This software ensures that the procedure is unimpeachable. After this process, the rating of each judge cannot change, and the judge will not be able to reaccess this flight.
  1. The competition is divided into two phases. An initial phase in which all the wines are tasted and a second phase in which the 50 wines with the highest score are re-tasted to determine their final position in the 50 Great Greek Wines.
  1. The award-winning wines will be announced at an event and then through social media, emails, on the 50 GGW site, press release and media sponsors. Only the 50 Great Greek winners are announced together with the total number of participants and wineries.

Wine Categories

The wines are divided into 17 categories, as selected by the 50 GGW organising committee. The 50 wines with the highest rating, regardless of their completed category, will be included in the 50 GGW list bearing the numbers from 50 to 1 (1 as having the highest score).

Apart from the 50 wines with the highest scores, there will be an independent award for the best three wines within the 17 categories. The wine awarded the highest rating within its category will be given the Great Wine title of its category.

The participating categories:

Assyrtiko (100% Assyrtiko or PDO Santorini)

Indigenous Whites (wines produced 100% from an indigenous variety, other than Assyrtiko) 

White Blends (blend from at least two different varieties)

International Whites (wines produced 100% by an international variety)

Xinomavro (red wines from 100% Xinomavro or PDO Rapsani and PDO Goumenissa) 

Agiorgitiko (red wines from 100% Agiorgitiko) 

Indigenous Reds (wines produced 100% from an indigenous variety other than Xinomavro and Agiorgitiko)

Red Blends (blend from at least two different varieties)

International Reds (wines produced 100% by an international variety)

Rosés

Retsina

Excellent Value Whites (Wines with a retail price under 10 euros)

Excellent Value Reds (Wines with a retail price under 10 euros)

Sweet Wines (Wines with minimal residual sugars 45gr / lt) 

Sparkling

Organic/Biodynamic wine (organic and/or biodynamic certified wines with a clear indication on the label)

Natural wines (Wines from certified organic grapes, indigenous yeasts, without additives, maximum total SO2 40 mg/lit). For these wines, technical analysis by an oenological laboratory will be requested, the organic certification of the grapes and a statement by the producer for the non-use of additives.

If a particular wine covers two or more categories and is partaking in all, it will be tested only once, within a single category chosen by the organising committee. Sweet wines will be judged only within their category and are not part of the 50GGW list.

In case of a tie, the following criteria will be taken into account:

– The average score, removing the highest and lowest scores

–The highest wine rating 

– The lowest wine rating

– the score given by the chairman of the tasting panel

Faulty bottles

Suppose the judges decide a particular bottle of wine is faulty, for example. In that case, a bottle they find has a TCA / oxidation problem. They have the right to ask the organising committee to replace the bottle with another to re-taste the wine. For organisational purposes and the smooth flow of the evaluation process, there cannot be more than two bottles opened of each wine. 

RELIABILITY 

We believe that all wines should have an equal starting point and must only be evaluated by reputable judges with an unimpeachable evaluation process and leaves absolutely no room for questioning. More specifically: 

  1. The wines are presented to the judges with the coding on the tasting glass in correspondence to the coding for each wine on the screen of their computer. All wines are tasted blindly by judges.
  1. The only elements known by judges during the wine tasting is the category in which the wines belong, the alcohol level and vintage. No other information is given to the judges to exclude any possibility of a judge making a correlation with a particular wine or winery. (With the exception of the Assyrtiko category in which the vintage will not be given, only the alcohol level).
  1. In order to ensure the reliability of 50 GGW, members of the organisational committee or the judging panel cannot be in a commercial relationship with any winery. If the case is such for any judge, he or she will not evaluate wines from a winery he/she trades with.
  1. To ensure unimpeachment of the results, special software has been developed.
  1. Upon the completion of the process, the judges receive a copy of the wine codes and the scores they awarded to each, which will have to be signed.
  1. The organising committee acts independently of the judging panel, which means that the judges have no information about which wines or wineries participate. The judges’ decisions are final. 
  1. The resulting rankings of both the first phase and the final phase will be held in the presence of a notary.

Accepting the Terms & Conditions of 50 GGW

Participants who participate in any part of the project explicitly and unreservedly accept all of the above official rules, terms and conditions. They also bear the sole responsibility to read the official rules and bear them in mind throughout the project. Participants must always act according to official rules to participate and reserve their right to claim a prize.

Upon participation, participants of the 50GGW accept that the results of the process will be used exclusively within the framework of the50 GGW project.

In the event that any of the above is breached by participants, the organising company can exercise its legitimate rights and claims