SIWC is, I am told by the organisers, “the first International professional commodity competition located in Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone.This is the only wine competition that fully supported by Waigaoqiao International Exhibition & Trading Center of Wine & Beverage, and will become the most influence wine challenge in China.” It is “the only wine challenge that (is) fully supported by the governmental organisations.”
As of 1 August, 500 wines from a dozen or so countries had been received – which, by my usual work rate at the Austrian Wine Challenge (where I’ll be next week), is 5 days work.
The jury is “global”, with judges coming from (as residents if not actually born there) Australia, Brazil, France and the UK. I have met at various points on my travels Rony Lau, Denis Lin, Iain Rigg and Patricia Stefanowicz. It looks like a good crowd.
China is seen as the great red and white hope for much of the wine industry. I can hardly wait to see it for myself.