Vinopres, organisers of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the ongoing wine and spirits competition held every year in Belgium since 1994, has launched “Asian Wine & Spirits – The Silk Route”, a conference cum competition which was held for the first time in Beijing between October 10 to 12, 2016. China is the 5th largest wine producing country in the world and accounts for nearly 30% of global wine production.
A delegation from India was among the international wine and spirit professionals, experts and winemakers that attended this inaugural event. Rajeev Samant, CEO, Sula Vineyards, Kailash Gurnani, Chief winemaker, York Winery, Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO Grover Zampa, Ashok Chokalingam (Amrut) and Ahmad Rahimtoola (Allied Blenders Ltd) were a part of the conference as were Charosa Wineries and Wild Tiger Rum. The main topics of discussion were issues concerning the Asian region. Michelle Huang, Euromonitor’s Head of Country Research (China), opened the conference with a presentation on China’s liquor market. Mandla conducted a master class on “Wines of India” while Samant and Gurnani addressed the challenges facing the Indian wine industry through in-depth presentations.
The competition comprising three levels of awards, silver, gold and grand prize, received entries from 700 Asian wines and spirits brands. Ten grand prizes, 60 gold and 105 silver medals were awarded to the winners.
Grover Zampa’s La Reserve 2014 received a gold while the Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection red 2014 and Zampa Soiree Brut 2014 were awarded silver. Charosa Wineries also received two silver medals for Charosa Selection Viognier 2015 and Charosa Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015. In the spirits category, Amrut Single Malt Indian whiskey from Amrut Distilleries won a gold.
All in all, it was a well-organised event that aimed to shine the spotlight on the Asian wine and spirits industry, help winemakers share their concerns and acquaint them with the development of the Fangshan wine region where the event took place.