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China Wine Competition 2019 Announces Inaugural Awards



The inaugural China Wine Competition which judges wines on quality, value, and packaging, has released its first set of awards in a much-anticipated announcement.  They reflect the diversity and dynamism of the Chinese wine market.

Ropiteau Frères’ 2017 Chardonnay

The judges awarded Wine Of The Year to the French classic Meursault Clos du Cromin 2017 by Ropiteau Frères who signature some of the finest Burgundy wines. Having been awarded 97 points, it just pipped other Double Gold Winners Abruzzo Pecorino and Von Buhl Rieslaner on 96 points to the Wine Of The Year.

Kamana Pinot Noir

The classics did not have it all their own way with Best Wine of the Year by Value awarded to Kamana Pinot Noir from New Zealand.

The unusual Abruzzo Pecorino from Italy made by regional wine producing stalwart Cantina Tollo scooped the Best Wine By Package.

Having first won both ‘Best Wine by Package’ and Best in Show by Country, Cantina Tollo, situated in the region of the same name, is awarded Winery Of The Year’.

Cantina Tollo

The China Wine Competition Gold Medal awards spread across wines from France, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, the USA demonstrating the diversity of the fast-growing Chinese wine market and the growing knowledge of the Chinese wine-drinking nation. 

The judges for the China Wine Competition are experts in the wine industry, and come from a variety of backgrounds including Sommeliers from some of the best hotels and restaurants in China, Masters of Wine, buyers from inside the industry who judge each of the China Wine Competition attributes of value, quality and packaging on a daily basis.

Sid Patel CEO of the China Wine Competition commented,

"The quality of the entrants to our first China Wine Competition Awards signals the important place for quality, value, and packaging that the Chinese market has become in global wine trading. We congratulate all the medal winners from the four corners of the winemaking world."

As well as winners and entrants from the classical and New World of winemaking there were less familiar contenders from across 28 different countries including Indonesia, Malta, and Uruguay. Awards are made for Best In Show By Country for Australia, France, Italy, United States, Portugal, New Zealand, as well as for Best In Show By Variety for Shiraz/Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and Sauvignon. A full list is provided below.

The China Wine Competition has been developed by the global drinks industry authority Beverage Trade Network, which owns and runs beer, wine and spirits competitions on 3 continents, as well as leading trade shows and exhibitions.

2019 China Wine Competition Winners

  1. Meursault Clos du Cromin - Wine of the Year

  2. Abruzzo Pecorino - Winery of the Year

  3. Meursault Clos du Cromin - Best Wine by Quality

  4. Kamana Pinot Noir - Best Wine by Value

  5. Abruzzo Pecorino- Best Wine by Packaging

  6. Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz - Best in Show by Country - Australia

  7. Meursault Clos du Cromin  - Best in Show by Country - France

  8. Abruzzo Pecorino - Best in Show by Country - Italy

  9. Ca' Del Grevino Pinot Noir - Best in Show by Country – United States

  10. L B V - Best in Show by Country - Portugal

  11. Hunters Sauvignon Blanc  - Best in Show by Country New Zealand

  12. Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz - Best in Show by Varietal - Shiraz / Syrah

  13. The Coppermine Road- Best in Show by Varietal - Cabernet Sauvignon

  14. Meursault Clos du Cromin - Best in Show by Varietal - Chardonnay

  15. Kamana Pinot Noir - Best in Show by Varietal - Pinot noir / Spätburgunder / Blauburgunder / Pinot Nero

  16. Hunter Sauvignon Blanc- Best in Show by Varietal - Sauvignon blanc / Sauvignon Gris


About China Wine Competition

The China Wine Competition judges by quality, value and packaging, in the same ways that trade buyers buy wines and consumers purchase wines. The China Wine Competition adds value to the industry and trade of wine by facilitating the competitive discussion around the three key metrics against which judges judge and score. Winners are then promoted across the China Wine Competition network raising profiles, brand awareness and reputations with trade and consumers.

The judges are drawn from experts spanning the industry including Masters of Wine, trading professionals, Sommeliers, and Wine Directors.


A word from Beverage Trade Network (Organizer and creator of China Wine Competition

“Beverage Trade Network is an organization that has always tried to push the envelope in the genre of wine competitions like with the 3rd Edition of the London Wine Competition this year, or USA Wine Ratings, or with the China Wine Competition in the heart of Shanghai! Beverage Trade Network congratulates the winners of the China Wine Competition.

About Beverage Trade Network

Beverage Trade Network is a leading platform helping beverage professionals connect with peers and better understand the global business landscape will lead to overall long term growth of the independent adult beverage industry. BTN believes in imparting educative content and becoming a supportive pillar for fresh industry growth.

Along with China Wine Competition, BTN has also organized other successful competitions such as the London Wine Competition, London Spirits Competition, London Beer Competition, Sommelier’s Choice Awards, and Bartender’s Spirits Awards. BTN also owns BevRoute, a magazine for Importers and Distributors and runs a lineup of trade shows around the world which includes USA Trade Tasting in New York, IBWSS UK in London and IBWSS China in Shanghai,  IBWSS USA in San Francisco, Cannabis Drinks Expo and are also the organizers of the upcoming Cannabis Food Show.

About the Author

The article is contributed by Alistair Morrell, Wine Inspector, wine industry consultant, journalist and, commentator. Over 30 years as a wine business professional, Alistair shares his global knowledge, network, and experience of growers, importers, distributors, and buyers.

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