Drinks Business Asian Awards 2017: profiling the winners

Following our announcement of the winners of our first Drinks Business Asian Awards last Friday, we now bring to you the full report on the awards including each winner and the behind-the-scene judging with our expert panel of professionals.  

Recipients group photo (from left to right): Barry Galloway of Treasury Wine Estates, Lisa Delcambre of Links Concept, Sarah Heller MW, Amanda Longworth of Berry Bros & Rudd Asia, Ivy Ng, publisher of the drinks business Hong Kong, Melissa Sae-Lee of The Flying Winemaker, Aline Bao of COFCO Wine & Wine, Castle Li of COFCO Wine & Wine, Linden Wilkie of The Fine Wine Experience, Eric Desgouttes of Kerry Wines, Mike Wu of The Fine Wine Experience, Sabrina Hosford of Cru Asia, Michaela Stander of Wines of South Africa and Chris Thompson of Elite Wines Vietnam

Hosted by the drinks business editor-in-chief Patrick Schmitt MW on 9 November during the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Wine Fair, the awards ceremony at Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong was attended by around 100 guests eager to hear the announcement of the 12-category winners across corporate, personality and marketing fields.  

The Asian Awards ceremony is designed to celebrate excellence in the drinks industry in Asia. It also serves a platform for key drinks leaders and influential personalities to network with their peers.

Heavyweights in Greater China and Asia’s drinks market including Australian wine giant, Treasury Wine Estates, China’s biggest importer COFCO Wine & Wine and the world’s youngest Master of Wine Sarah Heller MW were among some of the winners fêted at the ceremony.

The winners were selected by an expert panel of respected judges from diverse backgrounds including the business and finance sectors as well as key wine organisations, winery owners and consultants.

The results reflected the dynamism of wine market in Asia, especially in mainland China and Hong Kong as shown by our participants such as trade organisations including Wines of Germany, Wines of South Africa and leading online/offline retailers including Sichuan 1919 Wine & Spirits and Cru Asia to name a few. 

In addition, we were pleased to see how Vietnam’s burgeoning fine wine market is gaining steam, affirmed with events like Rothschild Grand Cru Wine & Champagne Dinner organised by Elite Wines Vietnam. 

Over the next few pages, we have profiled each winner as well as those with Special Commendations and summarised the reasons behind each award. A full list of winners can be viewed here

Lastly, we want to give our sincere thanks to our sponsor Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong and our sparkling wine sponsor, Spain’s leading Cava producer Codorníu, who provided its flagship 1551 – imported by Northeast Wines – for all the guests.

One Response to “Drinks Business Asian Awards 2017: profiling the winners”

  1. Jimmy Chan says:

    I have used Cru a couple of times in Hong Kong recently and their website is more well developed than most of them. Good daily offers too, almost too many ….

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