The MUNDUS VINI International Wine Prize is a major international competition for wines from all wine-growing regions . The competition was founded in 2001 by the specially founded MUNDUS VINI GmbH - International Wine Academy .
MUNDUS VINI is also a member of the Féderation Mondiale des Grands Concours de Vins et de Spiritueux in Canada (VinoFed).
The wines are assessed using a 100-point scheme that was created by the International Oenological Association on behalf of the OIV . This mathematical scheme provides weighted scores for the criteria appearance, smell, taste, harmony / overall impression. Ideally, a wine can achieve 100 points in the sum of the criteria. Each wine is tasted and evaluated by a commission made up of 5–7 jurors. It should be noted that the jury has 4/7 international and 3/7 national tasters. Up to 2012, a maximum of one third of the submitted products were awarded in accordance with the OIV regulations. From 2013 up to 40% of the submitted wines can be awarded. The award levels are great gold, gold and silver ( gold is not the highest level). An example of a category is dry white wine in food retailers below 4 euros shelf price (including VAT) . So an inexpensive wine could receive an award, while a better-rated, expensive wine misses out.
The Neustädter Meininger Verlag reports in a special issue on the results of the competition, the wines and their producers. The magazine is distributed with a circulation of over 100,000 copies in all of the publisher's wine, beverage and gastronomy magazines and via customer information mailings from the award winners.