June 13, 2022 — Wines from the USA fared very well at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards held recently in London with an impressive total of 314 medals, including 1 Best in Show, 4 Platinum and 9 Gold. California was the big winner for the USA taking all the Gold, Platinum and Best in Show. Winner of the uber prestigious Best in Show prize was Clos du Val, Hirondelle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, California 2019.
Famed Napa Valley reds in particular saw success with all four Platinum medals awarded to wines from Rutherford, Los Carneros and Oak Knoll District AVAs.
California’s cool-climate regions also triumphed with Gold medals awarded to Edna Valley and Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noirs and Russian River Valley and Petaluma Gap Chardonnays. Nine Gold medals were awarded in total, including Amador County’s first-ever Gold for Ana Diogo-Draper, Touriga Nacional 2020 and a Value Gold up to £14.99 ($US18.80) for Chronic Cellars, Sir Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 from Paso Robles.
A further 97 Silver medals were awarded with Oregon and Washington State making the list, as well as Missouri for Stony Hill Winery’s 2019 Norton – the official grape variety of the state.
Now in its 19th year, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition, with unrivaled global reach. Judged by top wine experts from around the globe, DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process.
As part of this process almost 250 expert judges, including 41 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers, evaluated 18,244 wines from 54 countries at DWWA 2022, making it a record year for wines tasted.