HK IWSC – Asia’s Choice, Asia’s Voice


A decade ago Hong Kong was thrust into the international wine spotlight. The Hong Kong government eliminated wine taxes and implemented initiatives to position Hong Kong as the wine trading and investment hub of Asia. At the same time, the Cathay Pacific Hong
Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition was born. Now 10 years old, it is the benchmark for
quality international wines and spirits in Asia. Hong Kong’s wine imports have been growing
at a fast pace since the elimination of import duties back in 2008. Just last year, imports of wine amounted to
12 billion Hong Kong dollars, more than 7 times of the value in 2007. The Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit
Competition (HK IWSC) is the only wine competition to also offer a full programme of Asian food
and wine pairing awards, including sake. 2018 saw a record judging panel. 58 Asian judges from 13 Asian cities including
two Masters of Wine, one Master Sommelier, and top Sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants
and hotel groups, plus our international VIP judges Leslie Gracie from Hendrick’s Gin and
Daniel Pi, wine maker of Peñaflor, the largest winery group in Argentina. Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition
is very well-known in Argentina. We know that it’s a very important gate to
come into the Asian Market. If I judge at wine shows, it’s because I believe
in it. There are plenty shows I’ve done as a judge
and I’m part of this I believe in the wine’s judge and the professionalism. Each time when I see a new winery or a new
distillery, I always tell them that they should submit their products into HKIWSC because
I think it’s a really good opportunity to showcase their products in Asia. Evolving with global trends, this year we
introduced the Green Wine Awards to recognise top quality wines that are biodynamic, organic
or sustainably-produced. All medal winners receive exposure to buyers,
importers and consumers. We host over 50 events annually across Asia
featuring our medal winners. This includes our Gala Award Ceremony. Thank you for a decade of support making the
Cathay Pacific HK IWSC the most prestigious competition in Asia and to the trophy and
medal winners, congratulations!

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