Switzerland, which organises this contest in Sierre (Valais), is the fourth largest producer of this noble grape variety in the world after France, the United States and Germany.
As a member of the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions, this contest has the double patronage of the International Office of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the International Union of Wine Experts (UIOE). The delicacy and subtlety of Pinot Noir requires a lot of dexterity and expertise from the winemakers. To make progress in quality, one must compare with the best. This is why every year hundreds of vintners from around the world submit their pinot to the verdict of the jury of this internationally authoritative competition.