26th edition of the Concours International des Vins Biologiques et en conversion (Amphore)

It is one of the largest and most important tastings for organic wines (including biodynamic and naturally produced wines) in France.
Between 150 and 200 expert jurors--professionals in the wine world and enlightened amateurs--participate in this Competition, which is well-known for its rigour and its marking method.

This independent competition, a showcase for organic wines, is recognised by professional organisations in both the wine and organic farming sectors. It is a communications tool that defends, promotes and highlights all organic wines. Participating in the competition helps give the organic approach a positive image in the minds of consumers.

Highest standards of tasting rules

At the Concours International des Vins Biologiques et en conversion, wines are awarded medals after a rigorous selection process with high added value. Buyers and consumers both profit from the high standards of the ISO-9001 certified competition.

Blind tasting guaranties impartiality, and the job of tasting is entrusted to professionals (sommeliers, oenologists, wine merchants, etc.) and enlightened amateurs selected by the director of the Competition. The event also takes place at an exceptional site that is specially equipped for judging samples under optimal conditions. Last but not least, an intuitive, innovative marking scale helps judges finely assess the organoleptic qualities of samples.

Publication of wines in the ‘Guide des vins Bio 2023’ (Guide to organic wines 2023)

Wines that are registered in the competition and obtain a good mark can be included in the Guide des vins Bio 2023.

About the 2023 guide
This selection guide strives to enlighten consumers by providing a maximum of information on organic wines. We hope this approach encourages greater transparency, incites future regulations to indicate what exactly is in the bottle, and provides wine merchants, fair organisers, the press and all decision-makers with an example of the most detailed information possible.
Pierre Guigui
Guide des vins Bio 2023 (Guide to organic wines 2023)
Le vin et ses additifs en toute transparence (The truth about wine and its additives)

Available in bookstores as of 9 September 2022 /ISBN: 9791095856160
BBD Editions
Price of the guide: 24.90€ including VAT
Available in the French network of bookstores, e-bookstores, supermarkets and specialised superstores.

About Pierre Guigui
Pierre is a journalist and author. He has written, co-written, or directed the publication of more than 20 works at Gault Millau, Marabout, la Martinière, and Apogée publishing houses. He is a founding member of the Movis press association and creator of the Concours International des vins bio (know as Amphore). He organises the Buvons Terroirs fair in Paris and contributes to the ‘Pantin Boit Bio’ fair organised by the city.

Conditions
- Producers must complete an information sheet to accept inclusion in the guide.
- Wines must receive a mark of at least 70/100 to be published in the guide.
- Producers may buy the work before it is available to the public, with a discount coupon, on the website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire

Honorary president
Frankfurt International Wine, Beer & Spirits Competition

Philippe Faure Brac

Philippe Faure-Brac, Honorary President of the competition

The honorary president’s purpose is to make the competition even more widely known by attracting the attention of the press and professionals. As an ambassador for the Competition and its medals, the honorary president’s role is also to remind tasters of the need to be demanding, rigorous and impartial.Philippe Faure-Brac, president of the Union de la Sommellerie Française since 2016 was also elected World’s Best Sommelier 1992. His skills in the field of wine are saluted across the world.

The founder

Pierre Guigui

Pierre Guigui

An encounter with the creator of the Concours Amphore - International des vins Biologiques et en conversion

Pierre Guigui is a man with many interests and passions. One to which he is very committed, and keen to communicate to others, is his love of wine and wine-growing.

He has a Professional Certificate in agri-wine operations from the agricultural education centre (CFPPA) in Beaune, France, and has put his writing and tasting skills to work for the Gault & Millau wine guide as co-editor and author. He also co-wrote the Vins, Vignobles et Vignerons and Marabout des vins bio guides, and manages the ‘Le Savoir Boire’ collection at Apogée.
Pierre Guigui also enjoys meeting people in the wine sector: he has worked as a consultant for the Concours Général Agricole and several wine fairs. He trains tasters-jurors and is a member of the board of directors of Movis (the wine world’s press association).

An early proponent of organic wines, Pierre provided producers with a perfect showcase when he created the Concours Amphore des vins biologiques competition in 1996. Tasting and awarding the best organic wines is clearly the best way to highlight their qualities and follow their progress over time. With his diverse experience as a foundation, Pierre was able to imagine and organise a competition that would rapidly win the recognition of wine professionals, producers and consumers alike.

He has now entrusted organisation of the competition to Armonia, so that he can dedicate more time to new projects. It is with great pride, and a commitment to environmentally sound production, that we have accepted the task of continuing his work!

Marketing tools

Medals
Medals

The competition awards two distinctions: Gold and Silver medals.
Thanks to the competition’s international fame, products bearing its medals are prized by restaurant owners, buyers and importers from across the world.
We have kept the cost of medals low to avoid increasing the bottle’s cost price.

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Metal plates
Metal plates

Metal plates are wonderful marketing tools, enabling 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!

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Diploma

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.

Website referencing

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.

Who are we?

Organisation of the competition is entrusted to ARMONIA, a French-German group that focuses on the organisation of wine, beer and spirits competitions. Through the Frankfurt International Trophy, Lyon International Competition, and other regional and international competitions, Armonia makes possible the tasting of more than 20,000 samples each year.