With 183 Medals and Seals of Approval, China marked its best performing year at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) by doubling the number of awards won last year, and scoring a total of 8 Gold Medals.
A Marselan-Syrah blend from COFCO’s GreatWall series produced in Shandong, and a single varietal Marselan from Zhongfei Winery of Xinjiang, were both awarded a gold medal.
The wins provide further proof of the potential quality of the France-originated varietal, which is hailed by some to be potentially China’s signature grape, even though Cabernet Sauvignon still dominates the country’s quality vineyards.
Two Chinese sweet wines, namely Changyu’s ‘Golden Icewine Valley Blue Label Vidal’ from Liaoning and ‘Petit Manseng’ of Taila Winery from Shandong, were both among the gold medal winners of this year’s DWWA.
The varied grape varieties and styles are evident of the country’s efforts to improve its overall wine quality and its exploration in diversity.
Xinjiang excelled among the top performing regions by scoring half of China’s gold medals and a total of 51 awards*.
Ningxia continues to lead as China’s key fine wine region with 88 awards* in total, which includes a gold medal won by a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend from Jade Vineyard.
245 Chinese wines were tasted during this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, which saw a total of 16,903 entries from 61 countries.
121 were awarded a Medal (Bronze, Silver and Gold), and a further 62 were Commended with a Seal of Approval. In 2017, China only achieved 47 Medals and 44 Commended.
All the award-winning wines were tasted blind during the two weeks of DWWA judging in London, which gathered 275-strong top wine palates from 33 countries. Among the experts were 59 Masters of Wine and 25 Master Sommeliers.
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