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How can you take part in the CARLO Wine Award?

Producers of wines and sparkling wines who wish to submit wines in one of the competition categories are eligible to participate. A detailed list of the individual categories can be found below. The legal requirements for wine production at national and EU level must be complied with.

Category Explanation
Historical grape varieties Historical grape varieties of wine regions and newly discovered grape varieties that have been forgotten in the past, such as Grünfränkisch, Gelber Kleinberger, Gelber Orléans and Seedless Heunisch
This also includes historical grape varieties that are cultivated outside Germany in other countries, such as Baga and Viosinho in Portugal or Arbane, Tibouren and Romorantin in France.
Historical cultivation methods and cultivation techniques First and foremost among the historical cultivation methods is the field blend (Gemischter Satz). But old pressing techniques, e.g. with restored basket presses, also play a role here.
New grape varieties (PIWI) New grape varieties and crosses in which characteristics such as hardiness (resistance properties) are combined with wine quality.
Classic grape varieties Wines from sustainable or sustainable-ecological production (e.g. Riesling, Silvaner, Cabernet Sauvignon etc.)
Non-alcoholic wines Wines that have an alcohol content of up to max. 0.5%.

Minimum requirements

Prerequisites / minimum requirements:

The products entered in the competition must fulfil the following requirements, depending on the competition category:

1. Competition category: Historical grape varieties

  • Grape varieties that were mentioned in writing before 1870 and are currently cultivated on less than 2000 hectares worldwide.
  • For cuvées with historical grape varieties, the proportion of historical grape varieties must be at least 50%.
  • Bonus point system if the requirements of the competition category classic grape varieties (see below) are met

2. Competition category: Historical cultivation methods and cultivation techniques

  • e.g. wines from a field blend (Gemischter Satz)
  • Bonus point system if the requirements of the competition category classic grape varieties (see below) are met

3. Competition category: Fungus-resistant grape varieties

    • Grape varieties with officially recognised resistance characteristics (PIWI)
    • For cuvées with classic grape varieties, the PIWI share must be at least 50%.
    • Bonus point system if the requirements of the competition category classic grape varieties (see below) are met

4. Competition category: Classic grape varieties

The following requirements must be met for classic grape varieties. If a sustainability certification confirming these requirements is available, this certificate is sufficient as proof.

Social sustainability:

  • The company consistently complies with the ILO core labour standards and thus ensures, among other things, that all its employees have the same rights, wages, working conditions and social benefits.
  • The company concludes written employment contracts with its employees. All employees must have health and accident insurance.
  • The company pays seasonal employees per hour and at least the statutory minimum wage for the industry and country in which the company operates. In countries where there is no statutory minimum wage, at least the average industry wage is paid.

Ecological sustainability:

  • No use of insecticides
  • No use of herbicides in mechanisable areas
  • No use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser

Economic sustainability:

  • Clear business and investment plan available.

5. Competition category: Non-alcoholic wines

    • Wines with an alcohol content of up to max. 0.5 %.
    • Bonus point system if the requirements of the competition category classic grape varieties (see below) are met

The requirements will be documented in writing as part of the application and documents such as sustainability certificates must be submitted.

Costs

Wines can be entered for the CARLO Wine Award in one or more categories. There is a fee of €95 plus VAT per submission. 100% of the proceeds go towards species conservation.

Registration

At least 3 bottles (or packaging units, if different, e.g. bag in box) must be submitted per wine. In addition, test results from an authorised wine laboratory must be sent for all wines submitted.

The application deadline or submission deadline is 31 January 2024.

Address:

Fair and Green GmbH (in formation)
Subject: CARLO Wine Award
In der Raste 12
53129 Bonn
Germany

Submit wine now

Here you can access the online form, where you can easily enter and send all the important data about the wines you have submitted.