International wine competition, which has been held annually in Sierre (Canton Valais) in Switzerland since 1998. All producers of wines from Pinot Noir
are eligible to participate. It is under the patronage of the OIV
(Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) and UIOE (Union Internationale des Oenologues) and is a member of VINOFED (Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vins et de Spiritueux). The wines are tasted by an international jury of renowned and experienced tasters
(in 2008 there were 56 jurors). The awards are given on the basis of joint decisions. Five tasters, screened from the other panels, sit around a table during the tasting. The wine evaluations
are entered on a laptop via specially developed PC software. Each day, 50 to 60 wines are evaluated in a blind tasting
for three hours according to the 100-point table. Only the vintages are known. As a rule, there is a high degree of agreement for 90% of the wines. The more divergent assessments are then discussed and any markedly different grades are corrected if necessary.