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Oregon wins top spot in International Pinot Noir blind tasting

on 31/10/11 at 4:30 pm


Germany scooped seven of the top 10 spots in an International Pinot Noir blind tasting held last week in London, but it was Oregon which took the top spot.

The Antica Terra 2009 Pinot Noir was awarded first place, a wine produced on 40 acres in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley.

In addition to Germany, which organised the tasting, the benchmarking event featured top examples from 10 of the world’s major Pinot Noir producing regions: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Oregon, California, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Argentina and, notably absent from the top 10, Burgundy.

For all the rejoicing among Oregon fans however, it was Germany which used this opportunity to prove the quality of its Pinot Noirs on a world stage. Despite being the world’s third largest producer of Pinot Noir, with more planted than Australia and New Zealand combined, the country currently exports just over 1% of its production.


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