The group wins two gold and one silver medal at the most important wine competition in all of Asia


The Castell d’Or cavas have once again attracted attention at the SAKURA Japan Women’s Wine Award International Competition, the most prestigious international wine event in all of Asia. Its jury is made up exclusively of women from the Japanese wine industry. Their choice is a reference for Japanese consumers and wine lovers in the rest of Asia. In 2022, 4,652 wines from 25 countries were received, the highest number of all editions, showing the worldwide growing interest in a competition where the female approach is prioritized.

Castell d’Or has been awarded the following references of the D.O Cava in particular:

  • Cava Flama d’Or Brut – Gold medal
  • Cava Pupitre Or Brut- Gold medal
  • Cava Pupitre Brut Reserva- Silver medal


Cavas amb medalla d'Or Sakura

The “SAKURA” wine awards contest began in 2014 as the first international wine competition in Japan judged exclusively by women. Chaired by Yumi Tanabe, an active wine educator, the contest has gradually grown and has now become the most important wine competition in Asia with more than 4,000 wine proposals from around the world. The organizers point out that they have witnessed and pushed the evolution of new wine selection criteria from the perspective of Japanese women and hope to keep developing the wine culture in Japan. This competition, the results of which are published on International Women’s Day, also stresses the role of women in the world of wine.

Among the professionals who form jury, there are sommeliers, oenologists, wine educators, journalists, hotel and restaurant managers, representatives of importing companies and distribution companies. Yumi Tanabe states that 43% of sommeliers in Japan are women, qualified by the Japan Sommelier Association. 60% of those qualified as “Wine Experts” are also women. These facts put an end to the idea that the world of wine is mostly male.

This year the contest has maintained security and prevention measures against Covid-19.