Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 winners announced

See all award-winning wines from the 2019 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, Asia’s most prestigious and trusted wine competition

A total of 3,155 wines from 34 countries were tasted in Hong Kong at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 (DAWA 2019). Since the competition launched in 2012, this is only the second time that 20 wines have been awarded ‘Best in Show’ – the competition’s highest accolade – making up a mere 0.6% of all wines tasted.

Wines from Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the USA all secured the prestigious Best in Show medal alongside two wines from Georgia and one from Greece.

Full DAWA 2019 results were published on today (30 September).

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  • Best in Show medals

  • Platinum medals

  • Gold medals

  • Silver medals

  • Bronze medals

This year’s competition was judged by 56 wine experts, including Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine, from 14 countries, many based in Asia.

One of the seven DAWA 2019 vice-chairs and first Asian Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee said,

“There are three unique aspects of DAWA that I see in Asia that other competitions do not have. One is the level of professionalism and the attention to detail about the conditions, the pace and the way that the wines are served, poured and judged. Two is really the high professionalism of the judges, and this has been for the past eight years. It’s always been one of the stringent requirements so it’s a very special thing for all the judges to gather here together. The third thing is the diversity of wines that we see in Hong Kong. There are a few other wine competitions but none come as close to having the extensive range of wines and levels. I think it’s really the best competition out there in Asia.

DAWA 2019 Jeannie Cho Lee MW

Jeannie Cho Lee MW during DAWA 2019 judging week

DAWA 2019 Results

Australia and France shared the limelight for the most Best in Show wins, each securing five medals for this top accolade.

DWWA 2019 vice-chair Michael Hill Smith MW commented, “Australia has always been strong here, it’s always done well here, but it’s also exciting to see the rise of China and other wines and that’s part of the fun of doing wine competitions like this.”

China noticeably improved from the 2018 competition with more entries from more wine regions, and an increase in overall medals won, including a 10% increase in Silver medals. This year two wines received Gold medals – a Marselan from Ningxia and intriguingly, a Vidal icewine from Liaoning.

Less anticipated, Georgia and Greece both secured top spots in the Best in Show category. Georgia impressed with two Best in Show award-winning wines from lesser-known grape varieties Saperavi and Kisi and Greece equally enthralled with a Shiraz Viognier blend from Evia in Central Greece.

India made headlines with a first-ever DAWA Gold medal win for Grover Zampa’s 2018 Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection Viognier from Maharashtra. Judges described this as, “How Viognier should taste! Deliciously spicy with concentrated ripe fruit flavours and a viscous, rounded texture. Lush and long with a bittersweet edge to the finish.” Four wines were awarded Silver medals and seven Bronze from India – an increase from a total of just seven award-winning wines last year.

Aligning with positive results from the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, the UK also received its first-ever Gold win at DAWA for Nyetimber’s 2013 Blanc de Blancs.

Japan impressed with a Gold medal win for Ajimu’s 2017 Chardonnay Extra Brut sparkling wine. Not only is this Japan’s first DAWA Gold medal since 2015, it is also the only award-winning wine from this year’s competition to come from Kyushu; the 14 other Japanese medal winners are all from the Yamanashi and…

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