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It took us a long time this year to finish our awards for the collections and discoveries of the year of the 2020 tasting season. We could conveniently talk ourselves out of it now and blame it all on the latecomers who submitted their wines very late. But that would be too easy. Because, firstly, we could still have been ready at least in March, and, secondly, we are not.

Rather, the main reasons are the lack of staff, partly due to illness, and the increased workload at the same time. In times of pandemic, when no fairs and often not even on-site tastings can take place, we are rightly among the few opportunities to present the wines when they are on sale. But of course we don't want to let the award winners fall by the wayside because of this, and better late than never we present here our selection of producers who particularly caught our eye last year. We give our Collection and Discovery of the Year awards wherever we were able to taste the wines of a majority of top producers last year, at least in individual appellations, which is why many countries are only included with individual regions and others are missing a few.

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