A standard-setting event and guarantee quality !
The products are submitted to a panel made up of professionals from the sector, producers, members of the food and wine trades, merchants, distributors and knowledgeable consumers.
Prizes are awarded on the basis of sensory characteristics and taste. Included in the local products category are slaughtered poultry, poultry pieces, foie gras, dairy products, olive oil products, nut oils, honey products, Espelette chili peppers, vanilla, brandies, fortified wines, pommeau and apple brandy, oysters, smoked trout, fruit juices, apple and pear ciders, beers, rums and punches, aperitifs, cured meats, sausages jams and saffron.
Two new categories make their appearance for the first time this year: beef and French whiskey.
The Wine Competition
All French wines in every price range are represented at the General Agricultural Competition. Samples are submitted for assessment by an expert panel (sommeliers, oenologists, wholesalers, producers, brokers, etc.) and knowledgeable consumers who are recognised for their sound and dependable verdicts.
And the medals awarded to the wines during the GAC are seen as a much sought-after passport to the export market. Each year 16,000 samples are entered into the competition, starting with heats organised locally by France's regions, chambers of agriculture and farmers’ unions, and culminating in the final, which takes place within the framework of the Paris International Agricultural Show.
Just 55% of the wines entered go through to the final, where tasting is overseen by representatives from the Ministry for Agriculture, Agrifoods and Forestry.