The Drinks Business Asian Awards 2018: the winners

Here we present all the winners in the second-edition of the drinks business Asian Awards, which recognised the leading companies and personalities that have shaped and changed Asia’s drinks industry in 2018.

Hosted by the drinks business editor-in-chief Patrick Schmitt MW on 9 November during the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, the awards ceremony feted the recipients of 11 awards across categories that included marketing, branding and leadership from key drinks trade members throughout Asia Pacific.

This year, close to 100 guests attended the Awards at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel to toast all winners and network with key decision-makers in the wine and spirits industry here in Asia.

Prominent companies including Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates, drinks company Pernod Ricard, Greater China’s leading wine merchants such as Kerry Wines (Shanghai) and COFCO Wine & Wine were among some of the top winners at the awards ceremony. Key figures in China including the country’s first Chinese Master Sommelier Lu Yang and Judy Chan, the chairwoman of China’s Grace Vineyard, were among the personality awards winners.

Judged by a panel of experts in the wine trade, storage service, finance and eduction sectors over a period of two days, the awards this year reflected the 10-year evolution of Asian’s wine trade after Hong Kong’s removal of wine tax in 2008, epitomised by Ginsberg+Chan – as will be seen.

From left to right: Representative from COFCO Wine & Wine; Chris Thompson of Elite Wines Vietnam; Eddie McDougall of The Flying Winemaker; Trent Heung, Terry Wong, Many Chan and Ken Man from Ginsberg & Chan; Linden Wilkie of The Fine Wine Experience; Tommy Tse of Treasury Wine Estates, Andrew Walsh of Treasury Wine Estates, Yuki Lo from Kerry Wines HK, Jean Marc Dizerens of Shangri-la Hotels, and Kaiko Cheng of Cru World Wine

The awards recipients also proved how dedicated companies that are invested in the longterm vision continue to thrive, with new players such as Vietnam’s Elite Wines injecting new life into the market with smart social media campaigns to grow Vietnam’s emerging wine scene.

Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors for our awards including the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, Italy’s leading Prosecco producer, Andreola, for the refreshing bubbles, and top glassware producer, Riedel, for providing all the award trophies.

Scroll through the pages to read the stories for each winner, and judges’ reasonings on why they stood out from the pack. 

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