“It is a very surprising result,” said contest director Thomas Costenoble. “We had to double-check the numbers and make sure the tasters had not made a mistake,” he added.
The 15-hectare Chant d’Éole estate, where the winning wine came from, was created in 2011 and now has 130,000 vines, producing 80,000 bottles of wine a year.
“It is an honour and a privilege for us. We put so much energy and passion into our business. Receiving this recognition is exceptional,” said vineyard owner Hubert Ewbank in a statement.
“This award obviously upsets the wine world. For Belgium, it is an exceptional moment. We were seen as amateurs, a small region making wine. Finally, we have international recognition,” he added.