LONDON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Royal Opera House played host to the
Decanter World Wine Awards last night with some extraordinary wines
winning top awards.
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The most surprising win was the He Lan Qing Xue from China winning the
International Trophy for the Red Bordeaux Varietal over £10 - beating
Bordeaux blends from around the world, including Argentina, USA,
Australia, and Bordeaux itself. The category is open to any region that
produces a Bordeaux varietal grape and this blend included Cabernet
Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. This winemaking region of Ningxia has been
rapidly improving in past years, so the judges were delighted to award
this wine with the top accolade.
'China is not traditionally known for its wines so it was with great
surprise and pleasure that we found this delightful blend. The producer
was trained in the famous French wine region of Bordeaux so his
experience is very credible,' said Steven Spurrier, Chairman of the
awards. 'This is what the awards are about - finding hidden gems and
putting them on the map.'
Mr Demei Li from He Lan Qing Xue commented 'This is an amazing win for
us and the Chinese wine industry. We can't believe we won the
International Trophy from the most reputable and most trusted wine
competition in the world- this is sure to boost our own wine sales and
encourage more wine production in China!'
The rest of the winemaking world was also in good form last night with a
total of 25 International Trophies being awarded.
Argentina cemented its position as a top wine producing country by
winning the most international trophies out of any other country with a
very credible 6 trophies. New Zealand and Australia weren't far behind
scooping 3 and 2 trophies respectively indicating that these countries
are improving every year. Old World Wine producers also did well with
France and Portugal both winning 3 trophies a piece.
'Our awards are really about bringing quality wines to consumers,' says
Sarah Kemp, Publishing Director for Decanter. 'This year's awards saw 9
wines under £10 win International Trophies including a Mâcon-Villages
Chardonnay from Burgundy and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - proving
that quality wines don't need to break the bank!.'
For further information:
For a full list of the award winning wines and tastings being held, please go online to http://www.Decanter.com/dwwa or contact Katie Siegel T: +44(0)207-471-8730, firstname.lastname@example.org