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Winners of the second annual Wine Australia China Awards revealed

Wine Australia has announced 13 winners in the second annual Wine Australia China Awards, recognising the efforts of those who have helped promote Australian wine in the Chinese market over the past financial year.

The cocktail reception attended by 120 guests was hosted by Alice Cawte, the Australian Consul General, and Willa Yang, Wine Australia regional manager for China.

The judging panel comprised educators, wine media, industry experts and delegates from Austrade in Shanghai who assessed the efforts of 73 importers, 17 educators, 20 retailers and 16 on-premise trade to determine the winners in their relevant categories.

Winners were selected based on their contribution to promoting Australian wine in China or educating Chinese wine consumers on the quality, diversity, provenance and personality of Australian wines.

“The Chinese market continues to be important for Australian wine exports and presents tremendous potential for growth despite some challenging conditions," Willa said.

"We’re fortunate to have many local companies and wine professionals actively promoting Australian wine to Chinese consumers and these awards give us the opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who have been passionate advocates for our wines."

Guo Yang, A+ Australian Wine educator and winner of the Wine Australia Culture Achievement Award, said Chinese consumers are able to learn about the Australian culture through their discovery of Australian wine.

“This award is a high honour for me and I thank the judging panel for their recognition," Guo said.

"I love teaching people about Australian wine. It allows Chinese consumers to appreciate the Australian lifestyle, its freedom and its connection with the land while at the same time discovering the quality and diversity of our wines.”

2014 Wine Australia China Awards

Wines by Geoff Hardy best importer: Summergate Fine Wines, AUSSINO World Wines, Shanghai Pran Wines Co Ltd

Blue Orchid best wine list: Kakadu

Blue Orchid best sommelier: Christian Zhang, The Bund Yacht Club, Shanghai, Michael Zhang, The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai

Wine Australia best online retailer: YesMyWine.com

Wine Australia best offline retailer: Cellar Door Wines, City Shop

Best’s Wines educator award: David Hua, Dorian Tang, Sophie Liu

Wine Australia culture achievement: Guo Yang

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WID 2017