• PAR Evaluation

PAR = Evaluation with Added Value

What do stars, points and glasses tell us about the quality, content and potential of a wine? Nothing, but ...
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...that the valuation is based on a transparent and comprehensible documentation, which illustrates how individual criteria contributed to the points result. By separating the product evaluation into an analytical and an evaluative part the award of points undergoes a rationale based on contents. The accuracy of examination only concerns the product, which is being evaluated and not generally all similar or comparable products. Evaluate wines according to the PAR-System and you will experience a far more transparent procedure.

P stands for Product - its origin, site, sort, type of cultivation . . .
A stands for Analysis - the quantitative conception of appearance, aroma, contents, potential
R stands for Ranking - the evaluation of A in the context of P

PAR protects against the unconscious influence of prejudices and promotes the neutrality of the tasters.
PAR therewith provides a decided improvement in the quality of wine evaluation for awards as well as quality control.
PAR serves the improvement of perception of wine tasting results.
The accuracy concerning the product interpretation increases considerably.

The PAR system, developed by Martin Darting, meets all these requirements, but goes much further. PAR stands for Product, Analysis and Ranking.

In this method, all required information about a product is available to the taster: vintage, grape variety, growing location, maturation, as well as alcohol, acidity, and residual sugar content, and other data. This is the only way an accurate assessment can be made. The analysis relies on the well-proven sensory methodology of the olfactory and gustatory test. However, the PAR system makes a clear distinction between quantitative and qualitative evaluation. On a scale of one to ten, the examiner rates each of the criteria specified by the system in a negative or positive gradation.


PAR  offers a valuable benefit for viniculturalists

  • Variance within the result of analysis and ranking can be detected easily by applying graphical illustration.
  • The quantative contents analysis facilitate the process of evaluation and choice for the purchaser
  • Prize competitions can be implemented more honest and the results can be documented more comprehensible
  • A graphical illustration of the evaluation results is more comprehensible for all parties involved in contrast to simply awarding points

More information regarding PAR you can find under www.parsystem.de

The system also displays the individual evaluation criteria in a graphical, easily understandable form. While the total score is a  criterion for awards, the graphical representation presents the sensory characteristics of the product. The producer can see at a glance where he excels and where he could still improve for the future. The PAR system thus provides the participant not only with a high level of transparency, but at the same time with useful information to optimize his product. Used  regularly, the PAR System can, after only a few cycles, provide the winemaker with an inexpensive yet, nonetheless invaluable service.

Conventional 100-point evaluation systems start at approximately 70 points and generally end at 92 or 95 points, the result being that 90% of all evaluated wines are placed within a range of 25 points.

The 100-point PAR evaluation system, however, begins at 55 points. Wines ranking below 50 points are referred to as flawed. Wines ranking up to 55 points are accepted although they clearly have a deficiency. 56 points and above indicate flawless wines at varying quality levels.

The tasters are therefore able to evaluate much more transparently within the ranking levels. The awarded points are explicitly documented with up to 24 evaluation parameters and can be accessed globally online.



96 - 100 points
World-class wines, which provide an unforgettable, defining and sensual experience. A distinct optimum harvest unites with perfectly implemented trade craftsmanship and characteristically strong stylistics due to variety and source. These wines have the ability to enchant even the most extravagant wine enthusiast.

90 - 95 points
First-class wines, international outstanding, which belong to the most expressive of their kind. A distinct and substantial concentration of senso-active substances, absolutely pure color tone and distinctive characteristics are present.

83 - 89 points
Excellent wines, sensorially noteworthy and with distinctive substance, which arouse the attention of experienced tasters.

75 - 82 points
Pure color toned, “clean and dense” wines, typical for the variety, with recognizable character and style. Recommendable for everyday. Some points are above the expected standard, and this wine is clearly within the top third. Flawless wines of varying quality.

Ausser die Bewertung beruht auf einer transparent nachvollziehbaren Dokumentation, die darstellt, wie einzelne Kriterien zum Punkteergebnis beigetragen haben