VINELAND, Ontario, Canada: Royal DeMaria Wines 'Canada's Icewine Specialists'™, internationally recognized as a premier producer of the world’s most expensive icewines, has set another world record by being the only winery in the history of the renowned Chardonnay-du-Monde to win 3 consecutive gold medals with their Royal DeMaria 2000 Chardonnay Icewine.
The Chardonnay-du-Monde wine competition, known as the most prestigious chardonnay competition in the world and now in its 14th year, was held between 14 and 17 of March 2007 at Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute at Saint-Lager in the Burgundy wine (France). This year’s competition had 949 wines entered from 38 countries and 300 international expert judges. Royal DeMaria 2000 Chardonnay Icewine, rated as being the best icewine ever produced, won its 3rd consecutive gold medal at Chardonnay-du-Monde and was classed as one of the top 10 chardonnays of this world renowned competition.
When confirmation of the record was received Winemaker, Joseph DeMaria was quoted as saying, “The expert judges at this competition should be commended for their sensory abilities in recognizing the 2000 Chardonnay Icewine 3 years in a row. I am thrilled to see how this icewine is aging and how consistently the expert judges at Chardonnay-du-Monde have received it.”
The Royal DeMaria 2000 Chardonnay Icewine is the wineries most commended icewine to date. This icewine has been involved in 4 of the 8 world wine records set by the winery and has received 4 of the 14 Citadelles Gold trophies (previously known as the Gran Prix d’Honneur) won to date from the prestigious Citadelles du Vin, VinExpo, Bordeaux, France. This icewine was also one of the icewines requested by Queen Elizabeth during the Jubilee Visit to Canada and one of the icewines purchased by Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group during an impromptu visit to the winery in 2003.
Slated as the world’s most expensive icewine, the Royal DeMaria 2000 Chardonnay Icewine was placed in the Royal DeMaria’s Billy Myers Series in September 2006 for $30,000 CDN and the first bottle from this series sold in November 2006. Now at $50,000 CDN, the winery has received several inquiries to purchase from buyers in Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. There are currently 30 bottles left of this icewine and the winery anticipates that the final bottle will sell for $500,000 CDN.
To date Royal DeMaria Wines has 24 varietals of icewine, has won 271 awards including 81 golds in 70 competitions and 8 international world wine records from the world’s most prestigious competitions.
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