June 07, 2017

Wine tasters to rate 1,500 wines at Shanghai challenge

Wine judges are introduced before the start of Shanghai International Wine Challenge.

This year’s Shanghai International Wine Challenge kicked off yesterday. As many as 1,500 types of wine from 23 countries will be tasted and rated.

As one of the three biggest wine challenges in Asia, the Shanghai event was moved to Waigaoqiao, Pudong in 2000. It follows the same rules as the International Wine Challenge in London, long considered a benchmark for the industry.

Companies from Georgia, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Macedonia and Ukraine will attend the Shanghai event for the first time, according to the organizer.

Spirit tasting will be introduced for the first time and the Shanghai challenge uses the cutting-edge block-chain technology to upgrade its wine tracking system.

Chief judge, Iain Riggs, said the quality of wines shown at the event is getting better. More and more Chinese premium wines are displayed every year.

Wines imported through Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone account for 75 percent of all wines imported through Shanghai Port. Many wine dealers and wholesalers are based in Waigaoqiao, officials said.

This year’s wine challenge also highlights products from Belt and Road countries and a showroom of Georgian wines has opened in Waigaoqiao, officials said, adding that tasting results will be announced on Sunday.