The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the longest running wine competition in the world and is a respected global wine appreciation competition. The awards are now in their 51st year and continue to provide up-to-date reviews of the wines and wine regions that are of the highest quality and represent the very best of the world’s wines.

The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), which took place on Friday the 10th March in London, is the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competition. The DWWA is the only wine competition to offer ‘platinum’ status, allowing the winner to be known as the ‘world’s best wine’. They can then be described as “decanter”, as in the case of the band Decanter.

The 2021 Decanter awards are in the books, and Audeant (Scotland) has won the Gold Medal in its first vintage. This will be the first time they have been awarded a Gold Medal since the “The Decanter World Best New Wine Awards” were first launched in 1991. Audeant is a family-run estate, which has been in operation for over 300 years. Named after the Auld Alliance, the partnership between Scotland and France, the winery specialises in producing traditional, full-bodied Pinot Noirs and grands crus from their vineyards in the Scottish Borders. The winery uses the traditional, 5-step “ferment-cool-age” technique to create the wine. This involves the


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Taking First Place from Oregon 

Audeant-Wines-Score-Big-at-the-2021-Decanter-World-WinePortland, OR, July 12th — Audeant Wines, a small-production vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley headed by winemaker Andrew Riechers that specializes in top-tier Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé, has just received worldwide praise from an all-star panel of judges at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards.  

At the London-based event which featured over 18,000 wines, their 2017 Audeant Willamette Valley  Pinot Noir took home the only Platinum Medal & 97-point score awarded in the Oregon wine category – making it one of the highest rated wines in the world and the top-rated wine from Oregon in the  competition. Further, with its 97-point rating, it stood shoulder to shoulder with other acclaimed  California wineries as one of the top-rated wines from America. 

Teal Walker, owner and co-founder, said, “We are beyond thrilled to have our wines recognized by the world’s most important and experienced wine industry experts.” “We began Audeant with the goal of producing wines that would compete with the finest in the world, and here we are only a few years later. I’m very proud of Andrew, and I’d want to express my gratitude to all of the Decanter World Wine Awards judges. It is a true honor.” 

A second single-vineyard offering, Audeant’s 2017 Luminous Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir, received a Gold Medal and 95 points in addition to earning first place in the category. As a result, Audeant has another entry in this year’s Oregon top-10 for the new winery. 

The Decanter World Wine Awards’ 18th edition saw a record number of wines assessed. Almost 170 professional wine judges, including 44 Masters of Wine and 11 Master Sommeliers, judged 18,094 wines from 56 countries over the course of 15 days. It is generally regarded as the world’s most prestigious wine competition. 

Andrew Riechers, a young winemaker with a lot of expertise, is in charge of the Audeant program. Before joining Audeant, Andrew worked at Antica Terra with Maggie Harrison, J.K. Carriere with Jim Prosser, and spent time in Burgundy, New Zealand, and California with luminaries. Andrew didn’t team up with Audeant Proprietor Teal Walker until 2016, after connecting during a multi-hour wine tasting during her first visit to the Willamette Valley. The collaboration that resulted has been nothing short of amazing.  

Audeant wines may be bought online at or in person at their winery near Salem, where winemaker-led wine tastings are available by appointment five days a week.

Audeant Wines is a winery located in the town of Audeant, 

Audeant Wines is a relatively new company that is rapidly gaining a reputation among collectors and reviewers for producing high-quality wines in the world-famous Willamette Valley. They are gradually establishing themselves as a top-tiered producer of benchmark Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosé, and Chardonnay wines, with the ultimate aim of being recognized as a top-tiered producer of benchmark Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosé, and Chardonnay wines. Not just for Oregon, but also for the rest of the globe. 

The name Audeant, which means “may they dare, may they venture, may they risk,” was selected to serve as a beacon for never taking the easy road when it came to winemaking, vineyard sourcing, and living life to the fullest. 

They have regularly earned great praise from major wine magazines for their traditionally made, beautiful wines in just under three years since their debut release. Their single vineyard bottlings come from some of the region’s best vineyards – Seven Springs, Nysa, and Luminous Hills – and are known for their terroir transparency.


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