The 10th edition of the “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards that took place on 25 January in Osaka and on 31 January in Tokyo, in its overall final rankings, has seen the quality of Coviñas wines garlanded with 4 Gold medals and one Silver medal.
For the tasting and selection of the award-winning wines, the jury, composed only of women wine professionals (sommeliers, journalists, winery representatives and opinion formers, among others), chooses the best wines according to predefined categories that reflect the leading trends and tastes in the Japanese market today.
At this year’s event, there were 4,222 samples from 28 countries assessed by means of blind tasting, at the end of which Coviñas once again led the field in terms of the quality of the wines submitted and their versatility when it comes to pairing them with traditional Japanese cuisine.
AULA BRUT was awarded a Gold medal in the sparkling wine category. In terms of still wines, the Marqués de Verdellano range, made exclusively for the export market, was the big winner with the qualities of the red, rosé and Gran Reserva seeing them gain Gold medals.
ENTERIZO BRUT, from the winery’s historic flagship range, was also on the podium, with a Silver medal in the sparkling wine category.
In the words of Jorge Srougi, Coviñas general manager, “our wines are traditionally highly valued in Japan, a strategic market for Coviñas, topped off by the Sakura awards in recognition of the uniqueness of our territory and our native grape varieties that combine perfectly with the flavours of Japanese and Asian food.”
The SAKURA awards began life in 2014 as the first international wine competition judged solely by women in Japan. Chaired by Yumi Tanabe, a wine educator and prestigious opinion former, the competition has gradually grown to become the largest and most important in Asia, with over 4,000 samples from producers around the world being assessed.
The Coviñas Group has been awarded the DWM Wine Trophy as the Best Cooperative Winery in the World by the German company that organises the most important wine competitions worldwide, including the Berliner Wein Trophy, Portugal Wein Trophy and Asia Wein Trophy. As such, Coviñas joins the League of the world’s most important producers – the GOLDEN LEAGUE 2022. The League of Wine Champions – giving worldwide visibility to its core values, as an example of regional coherence and structure.
The wine group started life in Requena in the 1960s with the coming together of the winegrowers of 10 regional cooperatives, with the aim of achieving a higher profile for their wines and offering the best possible quality. Today, it is the standard bearer for DOP Utiel-Requena, bringing together more than 3,000 families around a shared undertaking – wine – and it owns more than 41% of the land under vine in the Utiel-Requena DOP as a whole.