The Concurso Internacional de Vinos Madrid (also known by its shorter, trendier name of Bacchus) is a wine competition held each year in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
A relative newcomer to the world of European wine competitions, the event has been running since 1996 under the watchful eye of the Union Espanola de Catadores (a Spanish wine collectors' group). Bacchus takes a global perspective on wine; the event organizers are proud to provide a platform on which the world’s top wines can be represented in Spain. Here, wines from unsung wine nations such as Brazil, Uruguay, Israel and Canada compete alongside those from France, Italy, the USA and of course Spain. Spain’s lesser-known, off-shore wine regions also gain rare exposure at the competition, so Binissalem and Lanzarote (the two wine regions of Majorca in the Balearic Islands) are on a level playing field with such powerhouses as Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
For details of the competition’s past winners, visit www.uec.es/bacchus.