Lyon is recognised as the capital of gastronomy and good taste, and so it was only natural that the city should be a showcase for the world’s best wines, and since 2015 the selection of the best beers, and spirits
The Concours International de Lyon has a reputation in keeping with its prestigious partners: Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, the Association des Sommeliers de Rhône Alpes, Metro... The enthusiasm for this competition is widespread.
In 2019, some 7645 samples from 40 countries were tasted, and millions of bottles won medals.
International tasters from all sectors (oenologists, sommeliers, restaurateurs, producers, wine shop owners, as well as knowledgeable consumers) have made this competition an important event on their agenda. The position of honorary president alternates between a well-known sommelier and a chef from Lyon.
The competition does not stop with the tasting.
Our communications department makes sure that journalists, national and international decision-makers and buyers all hear about the products that are awarded a medal and are aware of the competition’s major events. Results are transmitted to:
This year the competition has joined forces with the daily newspaper Le Progrès for the publication of a special supplement dedicated to the Lyon International Competition 2019 and its award-winning bottles.
The supplement will go online before the summer with information on the competition, but also on the wine sector, key market figures, descriptions of award-winners and a complete report on this 10th edition!
After the tasting, competition partners take charge of relaying results.
Les Toques Blanches: Great chefs from Lyon who are members of this association are on the competition’s juries.
Association des Sommeliers Lyonnais et Rhône–Alpes: this association actively supports the competition. Many sommeliers are present on the day of the tasting.
Metro Cash and Carry: food supplier for most restaurants, this wholesaler has a large cellar with a wide selection of products from all regions of France and from all over the world.
ONLYLYON & City of Lyon: Tourism and gastronomy are part and parcel of Lyon. So the Lyon International Competition is naturally in the limelight in Lyon and surrounding areas, as are the competition’s award-winning products.
Each year the selection of an honorary president draws the attention of the press and puts the competition in the limelight.
2019 : Laurent Derhé
Meilleur Ouvrier de France Sommelier (Best Sommelier in France) 2007
President of the Association des Sommeliers Lyonnais et Rhône-Alpes
2018 : Tsuyoshi Arai
Japanese chef at ‘Le 14 février’, a Lyon restaurant with 1 Michelin star
Validated by the DGCCRF
Only medals from wine competitions on the DGCCRF’s list can be shown on wine labels. The Lyon International Competition is on this list.It solemnly agrees to strictly apply the rules governing beers and spirits and their tasting.
An independent inspector is appointed to guarantee compliance with regulations on the day of the tasting. A number of checkpoints are agreed upon with the general commissioner, tasting president and assessors.
Certified ISO 9001
This certification demonstrates to producers the involvement of the Competition in showcasing their work. Consumers, for their part, will see it as a sign of rigorous selection, high quality and a competition worthy of their trust.More information
Verifications in shops
Throughout the year, inspectors visit sales points in France and abroad (supermarkets, wine merchants, retailer and contact online stores). They verify and take samples to guarantee conformity with the products that were tasted and awarded.
Tasters are the mainstay of the competition.
Producers who send their products to be tasted put their trust in the Competition, which is responsible for the quality of the tasting. That’s why the Lyon International Competition has set up a multiple-phase process for recruiting and approving tasters.
Validation by the commissioner
The competition commissioner contacts all newly registered tasters to assess their experience and make sure they have the capacities required for tasting and if necessary, a training session is suggested.
Juror training is a priority:
since we are very attentive to the quality of juries, we offer a training session in tasting that includes notions of how to mark wines at a competition.
A specially-designed, efficient marking scale
To make marking simpler and more homogeneous, a 100-point marking scale is used in the Lyon Competition, as it is in all international competitions. The scale allows tasters to decode every aspect of a sample, and then calculate the final score. Tasters receive copies of the marking scale before the tasting so that they can become familiar with it.
Mixed juries to guarantee a range of opinions
Samples are not tasted by professionals alone, because let’s not forget that most future buyers are amateurs!
We have decided to mix knowledgeable amateurs and professionals in the field at each table, so producers are guaranteed a range of opinions from tasters.
More informationThe competition awards two distinctions: Gold and Silver medals.
In light of the competition's reputation, bottles displaying these medals are shipped around the world and are very much in demand from restaurateurs, buyers and importers.
Furthermore, the cost of obtaining such medals is very competitive in order to keep cost price increases to a strict minimum.
Starting at 14 euros per thousand.
Metal plaques are wonderful marketing tools, enabling you to show consumers that your products have won medals and that they are recognized as among the best in their categories.
Put them on the tasting room wall and display them on your stand at trade fairs!
Each award-winner is given a diploma to guarantee traceability of the award-winning batch.
It certifies that the sample was judged in its category and awarded on the basis of its organoleptic qualities.
The list of award-winners is displayed on the competition’s website for all to see.
Throughout the year a web team uses SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to make sure web pages on the award-winning products are well-placed. The goal is to improve their rank in results returned by search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
A product that is well-referenced in search engines helps make producers better known and can rapidly bring new contacts.
The Lyon International Competition has created a special prize for sommellerie students.
The prize is intended to help a pair of students discover a European wine-growing country through the study of a specific designation of origin or region, and in a very hands-on way: by funding a trip.