Created on impulse by Louis Havaux, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held for the very first time in April 1994 in... Bruges!
If 'only' 861 samples were then recorded (an exploit in itself considering that they were gathered in 2 months), the international dimension, with 29 participating countries, was set to continue.
The Concours Mondial quickly reached cruising speed and consequently, success grew with each edition. In 1999 it was joined by the Brussels Spirits Award, a 'little brother' reserved for spirits, brandies and other fruit wines.
In 2006, the Concours Mondial decided to affirm its international character by going beyond its borders. The organizing committee chose Lisbon for this première occasion. Maastricht, Bordeaux, Valencia , Sicilia, Luxembourg, Guimarães and Bratislava followed.
In 2014, the Concours Mondial will come back to Brussels!