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The Silk Route – 3rd Forum and Tasting

Discover the Ningxia wine region in 2019

Asia is not only a vast region, it is also extremely diverse in terms of climate, topography, culture and customs. Over the centuries, this diversity has given rise to a multi-faceted drinks industry, accounting for a large share of global production and consumption. Within Asia, however, awareness of this plethora of wines and spirits and the customs that accompany them has often stopped at national boundaries.

Developing a platform for sharing knowledge and experience was therefore the logical next step in Asia’s rise to global prominence. Vinopres and the Beijing International Wine & Spirit Exchange joined forces with the Fangshan district, a showcase for the country’s still nascent wine industry, to host the 2016 Asian Wine & Spirits Silk Route Conference and Competition, the first event of its kind in the region. The 2016 edition was followed by a second one, organized in the Ningxia autonomous region, in September 2018.

After a first successful edition in the burgeoning Fangshan region of Beijing in 2016. Vinopres and the Beijing International Wine & Spirit Exchange teamed up last year with representatives from one of China’s most prominent, and talked-about wine regions – Ningxia – to host the 2018 Belt & Road Wine and Spirit Competition along with a series of conferences, tastings and winery visits.

The second conference was a great success and received warm applause from the industry. A delegation of journalists, producers, educators, marketers, sommeliers and other industry members from around the world got a unique opportunity to view this pioneering wine region “from the inside”, whilst Ningxia’s wine industry was given a chance to showcase its up-and-coming wine proposition.

In September 2019, Ningxia will host the event for the second time, as this region is the largest concentrated production area of wine grapes in China. The aim is not only to promote dialogue amongst members of the Asian drinks industry but also to offer insight into the region for the global wine community, and to broaden the scope of Asia to include lesser-known producer countries.

The event’s ambition is to turn the spotlight on producer and consumer nations within the region, mirroring the dynamics spreading from China to the rest of Asia, just as the Silk Road promoted trade and communication between them in centuries past.

The program

Dates: September 25-27, 2019

 Arrival of attendees: September 24, 2019

 Departure of attendees: September 28, 2019

1. A free-pour tasting throughout the event allowing guests to discover a large number of Asian wines

2. A competition focusing on Asian wines, judged by Chinese and international industry members

3. A series of conferences on various themes moderated by international and Chinese speakers

4. A programme of visits to estates in the Ningxia region

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A conference schedule tailored to meet everyone’s needs

40 foreign guests and a large number of Chinese guests – wine journalists and specialist writers, Masters of wine, University Professors, sommeliers, educators and representatives of wine industry organizations and of Yinchuan Estates – are invited to the 3rd AWS Silk Route Forum.

The event will organize a major tasting open to all Asian wines, a competition focusing on Asian wines, judged by Chinese and international industry members.

And last but not least, a program of visits to estates with lunch or diner with the owners will be arranged.

A practical introduction to Asian Wines and Spirits

Another opportunity for showcasing and benchmarking is the wine tasting competition which will take place on September 26th. The competition is organised by Vinopres which boasts extensive experience in this type of contest, organising, amongst others, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Entries were judged by an international panel of tasters including several Masters of Wine.

Three types of medals will be awarded : Grand Prize, Gold and Silver.

A free-pour tasting throughout the event will allow guests to discover Asian wines.

A program of visits to estates with lunch or dinner with the owners and technical teams will be arranged.

Asian Tasting

A tasting of products classed by country and category with attendance by the producers themselves whenever possible.

Asian Conferences

Experts, including representatives of leading Asian companies, will analyse consumer trends in Asia, as well as marketing strategies and more general themes focusing on economic issues and production techniques.

Visits to Estates & Events

Outstanding visits to Estates & Events 

Asian Contest

A selection of wines will be assessed by a panel of international experts in the days leading up to the event.