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The contest is aimed specifically at producers of rosé wines. This exclusivity will allow the jury to concentrate on the unique qualities of the wines, which may have been overlooked at those wine competitions that do not specialize in this category.

It will also allow us to group the wines carefully with regard to their dryness, grape varieties, vintage, barrel ageing/fermenting or deliberate decisions of winemakers (e.g. bottling without filtration).

 The competition takes a new approach to wine judging so as to avoid the shortcomings of many contemporary wine contests. Instead of summing up points awarded on the basis of parametrical analyses judges will take their time to discuss the individuality and style of every single wine in the flight.

The members of the jury have been chosen from among the most knowledgeable experts in rosé wine (including Masters of Wine) representing various countries of the wine world.  

  The bottles left after the competition will be used for educational purposes and to promote rosé wines on the Polish market during the autumn ENOEXPO in Krakow, the biggest wine fair in Poland. The top ten wines will be presented at a special master class during the exhibition.

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The award grades are as follows:

​Grand Gold Medal (93 points and more)
Gold Medal (89-92 points)
Silver Medal (86-88 points)

Alongside the standard medal awards,
a special "Best Value" prize will be conferred on the best value-for-money products.

Short, but very sweet!  Samples from many countries, some of them fascinating and others most unusual. 
It is certainly the first time that I have ever tasted a blend of Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir!  The tasting was, in my opinion, a splendid initiative that must and certainly will be repeated.  


Count John Umberto Salvi MW 


Venue & Dates

The Competition is to be held each year in April/May,

at the picturesque 19th-century Sierakow manor house
near the beautiful medieval city of Krakow in southern  Poland.  

The 2023 edition runs from 9th to 10th May

Deadline for applications: 15th March 2023

Image by Bernard Hermant

IRC Executive Director


The Competition has been conceived and organised by "Czas Wina", the biggest Polish wine magazine, established in 2004 and with a circulation of 8000 copies. Each year the magazine awards the title of the "Person of the Year" to a distinguished personality of the wine world. In 2018 the title was conferred on Marchese Piero Antinori. Former title-holders include such eminent figures as: Warren Winiarski, Jancis Robinson MW, Antonio Rios de Amorim, Victor Schoenfeld,  Hugh Johnson, Patricia Atkinson, Michel Rolland, Jair Agopian and Agusti Torello Mata.

Michał Bardel Ph.D. is editor in chief of the "Czas Wina" magazine. He is also head of a one-year postgraduate Wine Studies programme at Collegium Civitas University in Warsaw, VDP Ambassador, as well as an international wine judge, wine journalist and wine writer. He has published several books on wine including Zbrodnia i Wina, which was awarded the prize for the best Polish wine education book (Gourmand Cook Book Awards 2015).

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