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Australian wines dominate at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards
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Australian wines were the star of the show in China at the nation’s biggest value wine competition, the China Wine and Spirits Best Value Awards.
Wines and spirits from 31 nations participated in this year’s annual spring tasting, with Australian producers awarded 311 medals in total – the most of any country in the competition.
Taylors Wines came out on top, bringing home the trophy for Australian Wine of the Year for its 2015 Taylors Estate Merlot along with three Double Gold and nine Gold medals awarded across the Clare Valley winery’s portfolio.
Mitchell Taylor, Taylors Wines managing director, said he was elated with the recent wins, especially as the company continues to grow with its trading partner ASC Fine Wines in China.
“We’re extremely proud to be recognised for Australian Wine of the Year at this year’s CWSA. China represents a great opportunity for the Australian wine industry,” Taylor said.
“Australia’s success at the China Wine and Spirits Awards not only raises the profile of our country’s wines, but also signifies China’s growing appetite for Australian wines.
“As tariffs continue to lift from the recent Free Trade Agreement, all signs point to ongoing growth for quality wines that give consumers value for money.”
Other trophy winning Australian producers include McWilliam’s Wines, receiving the South Australian Wine of the Year trophy for its 2013 Wildling Winemakers Shiraz and Wolf Blass Wines, receiving the Barossa Valley Wine of the Year for its 2012 Wolf Blass Platinum Shiraz.
Recent figures from Wine Australia reveal that exports into the Chinese market increased by 66 per cent in the last year, up to $370 million (AUD), the largest percentage growth of Australia’s top five wine export markets.
China is Australia’s biggest export market by value for wine valued at wholesale price point of more than $7.50, and third largest overall by value after the United States and United Kingdom.