The Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWoCA) is the Chilean wine industry’s single most important event of the year. Nine top judges from Chile´s main export markets will gather in Santiago during a week in January 2013 to taste and judge our country’s finest wines.
Guest judges will have the unique opportunity of tasting Chile’s broad range of diverse varieties, styles, and terroirs: from the dry north to the colder, wetter south, and from the steep Andean hillsides, to the cool Pacific coast.
We intend for each judge to leave with a better understanding of how Chile’s vast geographic diversity imprints itself on its wines.
This year, we are glad to announce that for the first time ever, the event will be preceded by 9 judges from Asia, a region currently experimenting unparalleled growth in terms of bottled wine exports. From May 2011 to Abril 2012, Asia has grown 20% in volume and 26% in value reaching 7,6 million cases and US$240,9 million.
The 10th “Annual Wines of Chile Awards” will take place in Santiago de Chile, during January 2013. We expect more than 90 wineries and over 600 wines to participate of this wine challenge, each hoping to excel in one of the 13 different categories. The event consists of three activities executed over a 4 day period: First, a blind tasting of chilean wines, followed by a seminar were each judge has the opportunity to share and express their individual impression, both of the individual wines, as well as of the overall category. The last activity is a Gala dinner were the industry gathers and where the results and recognitions are awarded.