Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA) is the most important event of the wine industry of Chile, and it has been held for 13 years. While being of great significance for wine producers of Chile, this award also has far-reaching impact on the wine market. The setting- up of Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA) is aimed at selecting quality wines produced in Chile, and nowadays, it has become the guide for such trader partners as importers, hotels, bars, restaurants and wine businesses, as well as customers.
In 2015, the 13th Annual Wines of Chile Awards is to be held in China. As with the grand scale of previous years, there will be about 600 wines from over 80 wineries, and it almost involves all wine-producing areas of Chile.
The panel will consist of 12 elite representatives active in each field of wine market, and they are renowned sommelier as Hiroshi ISHIDA from Japan, Paul EUN from The Ritz-Carlton Seoul, British Wine Master Peter Richards, Joshua GREEN, publisher and chief editor of Wine & Spirits, Fongyee Walker, the founder and general manager of Dragon & Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting Co., Ltd, China-based French wine lecturer Julien Boulard, CEO and senior lecturer of AWSEC Corinne Mui, Paul WANG, wine critic from Taiwan, and senior wine lecturer Martin Hao, Sophie Liu and Stephen Li from Mainland China, ensuring the match.
In the three days of wine tasting and appreciation, panel members will taste each wine in a blind way. While for the scoring, the hundred-mark system will be adopted, with golden award, silver award and bronze award set. All participating wines will be distributed into 14 groups, from each of them, the panel will select out the best wine of Chile and give out the category, including: the best Premium Red, the best Premium White, the best Other Reds, the best Other Withes, the best Blends, the best Rose, the best Sparkling Wine, the best Late Harvest, the best Cabernet Sauvignon, the best Carmenere, the best Pinot Noir, the best Syrah, the best Chardonnay and the best Sauvignon Blanc, and the final Best in Show will be chosen. Winner of each category will be announced on the press conference and awards dinner, which will be held on December 3, 2015.