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The China Best Value Wine & Spirits Awards 2012 took place in The Mira Hong Kong recently with a view to finding the best wines at the specific price points for the vast emerging China market. Over 90 judges from Hong Kong and other regions of China such as Xiamen, Chengdu, Shanghai and Taiwan tasted their way through 500 wines ranging in price from HK$50 to HK$10,000 throughout the day to find wines specific to the palates of potential buyers in each region.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for wineries to find out what style of wine will work in Asia without the expense of flying over here to see for themselves,” says organizer and President Kelly England. “It’s a great chance for the China wine market to discover new wines and wineries from regions around the world that would otherwise not be readily available to them,” she added.

The wines were tasted according to their price point and there were some surprising results such as a China-made wine. Chateau Reifeng-Auzias winning a gold medal, Mexican winery LA Cetto picking up a flurry of gold medals and local Hong Kong Winery, Portrait Winery and Distillery, picking up medals for both their wines and brandies.

Nikolas Prehn, China Wine Awards consultant said, “It’s remarkable that a Chinese wine will score better than many European wines!” The highest scoring wine of the event was One Acre from Napa Valley, California followed by Italian winery Marco Maci and Tall Trees from Australia.