How to Enter?

Where to send the samples?

I have made an error in my online entry. How can I change my entry?

Are there different categories?

What are the judging criteria?

How many competitions do you have a year and what are the differences?

How long have you worked in the world of wine?

Is the Chinese market opened to introducing new wines, yet unknown, but with a really good quality?

Is the Chinese consumer able to distinguish and recognize the wines with medium / high quality?

Do you think a small Winery, as we are, is doing the right thing to try to enter this huge market? Why?

Please can you introduce us to buyers of wines in China?

When you will publish the CWSA results?

Why I cannot register spirits online – only options for wine pop up?

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How to Enter?
You can enter the competition in the following ways:
1. Online
www.cwsa.org/enter/
2. By fax
www.cwsa.org/enter/
3. By post

Complete the enclosed entry form and send to:
China Wine & Spirits Awards
16A, Dotcom House, 128 Wellington Street,
Central, Hong Kong

Where to send the samples?
For wine sample please send two bottles of each entered wine to:

China Wine & Spirits Awards
Address: 16A, Dotcom House, 128 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 5808 6008

Please send one bottle of each entered spirit to:

China Wine & Spirits Awards
Address: 16A, Dotcom House, 128 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 5808 6008

Documents to Enclose:
1. A copy of web invoice(online)/the original Entry Form
2. Proforma invoice stating name of wine, % vol and value.

Please note: There is no tax/duty in Hong Kong for wine.

We suggest you send the samples with our official logistics partner – Rhenus Logistics
Rhenus is a German-based and privately owned company and a leading logistics service provider in Europe. They have 14 branches in Greater China and are able to provide incredible one-stop-shop solutions and are specialized in handling:
– Airfreight and Ocean freight from Europe to Asia by reefer or standard dry cargo container
– Assistance with Custom clearance for wine imports to China
– Temperature- and humidity-controlled warehousing in Hong Kong and China
– Temperature-controlled local delivery in Hong Kong
For all your wine sample transportation needs, contact Mr Wong Pui Wah Tel: +852 3665 5534 puiwah.wong@hk.rhenus.com.

I have made an error in my online entry. How can I change my entry?
No worries, just send us an email to support@cwsa.org and we will amend your entry and send you an updated invoice within 24 hours.

Are there different categories?
The CWSA are the only awards in the world judged specifically for the China market. Entirely focused on what Chinese professional wine buyers want to buy and what Chinese consumers want to drink.

All the wines will be rated in blind tastings by Chinese professional wine buyers. These are the decision makers of large Importers, Wholesellers, Restaurant Groups and Retailers.

The result will be Bronze, Silver, Gold and the coveted Double Gold Medals for outstanding wines.
For popular varietals, popular origins (both by country and by region), we have separate medals as well as Trophies (e.g. Best Spanish Wine or Best Bordeaux, Best Brandy or Best Tequila) as well as awards for wines that are particularly suitable to certain Chinese provinces and cuisines.

What are the Judging criteria?
The CWSA are the only awards in the world Judged specifically for the China market. Entirely focused on what Chinese professional wine buyers want to buy and what Chinese consumers want to drink.

The CWSA Judges include:

*Major purchasing decision makers at China wine Importers, Distributors and Wholesellers
*Restaurant Group Owners in China
*Purchasing decision makers at major and medium sized Retailers in China
*Sommeliers based in China familiar with the local palate

How many competitions do you have a year and what are the differences?
CWSA Organisation hold 2 competitions a year:
– CWSA
– CWSA Best Value

Buyers have asked us, ‘How can we find out what wines and spirits would be the best value?’ CWSA Best Value have been created to give all  price point wines the opportunity to shine and to be further exposed to this rapidly growing market.

CWSA Value has been created to give lower price point wines the opportunity to shine, and be further exposed to this rapidly growing market. Unlike other competitions, where often the most expensive wines are at an advantage, the Judges of China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value are only comparing wines against others of the same price point that would suit the China Market.

CWSA focuses on what wines and spirits will be best for the China market overall. Wines & spirits compete head to head for the blind tasting by 100 of Hong Kong and Greater China’s leading wine buyers.

CWSA is now accepting entries.

How long have you worked in the world of wine?
The family that own the CWSA have been in wine world for 150 years.

Is the Chinese market opened to introducing new wines, yet unknown, but with a really good quality?
Absolutely. Quality is key in China.

Is the Chinese consumer able to distinguish and recognize the wines with medium / high quality?
Yes, there have been fast developments in last few years and very sophisticated buyers and consumers are very much present and demanding.

Do you think a small Winery, as we are, is doing the right thing to try to enter this huge market? Why?
Chinese buyers and consumers are seeking boutique wineries are they feel they have a special and exclusive product. They like products that are rare and perhaps new to the market. As a small winery, this is the key time to lay foundation in the fastest growing market in the world for present and future success. Many of the entrant to the CWSA have launched their China wine sales careers with the competition.

Please can you introduce us to buyers of wines in China?
If you are seeking importers / distributors / winebuyers / journalists then the absolute best way to reach these people is by entering the China Wine And Spirits Award (CWSA) which is the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China. All of the 100 Judges are buyers and the blind tasting reflects the purchasing decisions for the year ahead. See the website for the latest press coverage, entrants and the Judges. http://www.cwsa.org/

When you will publish the CWSA results?
The Judges blind tasting results are calculated and the results of the CWSA are announced around five days post Tasting Week. Please refer to the ‘Dates for your Dairy’ on the homepage to see exact date.
All medal winners are showcased on this page http://www.cwsa.org/results/. Winners are also sent by postage mail their official certificate and samples of bottle stickers. Good luck!