All the categories

The different Categories

Wines are judged by country, region, and vintage as appropriate.
Spirits are judged by type, age and strength.
Here are the main categories, discover them all downloading this document.

01. STILL WINES – VINTAGE / NON VINTAGE WINES 09. LIQUEUR (SUGAR >= 100 G/L AND
02. SPARKLING WINES 10. ANISE-FLAVOURED
03. FORTIFIED LIQUEUR WINES 11. “CRÈME DE FRUITS” AND CREAM (SUGAR >=250 G/L)
04. BRANDIES 12. CHINESE BAIJIU
05. POMACE BRANDIES 13. VODKA
06. FRUIT BRANDIES 14. BITTER
07. WHISKY & WHISKEY 15. GIN & GENEVER
08. RUMS 16. SHOCHU-SOJU (JUDGED BY COUNTRY)
SEE ALL CATEGORIES 17. OTHERS

Fair & Accurate

Tasting Procedure

The outstanding reputation of its selection process is one of the key components of the competition’s success.

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles selects reputable judges renowned for their expertise. The judging panel comes from an extremely varied background: they are wine and spirits producers, specialist journalists, tasters, wine makers and master blenders, importers/distributors, brand ambassadors and WSET educators from around the world. This broad-ranging industry representation guarantees the professional nature of the competition. Each of them brings their own specific expertise, which is essential for a wine and spirits competition.

The organisers work closely with a team of researchers from the Statistics Institute of the Catholic University in Louvain. The purpose is to make the results of the Asian Wine and Spirits Competition as fair, accurate and relevant as possible.

The judging process is extremely stringent.

  • The competition is managed by communications agency Vinopres with 20 years’ expertise in wine, spirits and beer competitions (Concours Mondial de Bruxelles des vins, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, Brussels Beer Challenge)
  • A team of specialists checks arrivals of spirits entries and the official accompanying documents, corrects any possible errors and turns down samples that do not comply with the rules.
  • The organisers guarantee optimal tasting conditions for the judges. The judging panels are seated in a properly aired, well-lit and quiet hall where entry is prohibited to anybody not directly involved in the tasting sessions.
  • Spirits glasses are filled in the preparation hall out of the judges’ sight. The wine bottles are first placed in a sleeve that hides the shape of the bottle. The wine glasses are filled in the tasting hall in front of the judges who never see the bottles themselves. Anonymity is a fundamental principle of the competition.
  • Each tasting includes no more than fifty wine samples or thirty-five spirit samples per day.
  • Each wine or spirit is tasted individually and is not compared.
  • The organisers can conduct subsequent checks on award-winning entries after the competition by comparing a selection of those products with an anonymously bought sample from the same batch. The checks are designed to ensure consumers the highest level of satisfaction from wines and spirits endorsed with an ‘Asian Wine & Spirit – The Silk Route’ award.
  • Each spirit is assessed using a highly sophisticated and innovative sensorial evaluation process.
Terms & Condition

Excerpts from Terms & Condition

Section 1 – Organisation

The ‘Asian Wine and Spirit – The Silk Route’ competition is organised by The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Vinopres s.a. rue de Mérode 60, 1060 Brussels, Belgium (website: www.aws-silkroute.com), hereafter referred to as the ‘Asian Wine & Spirit – The Silk Route’.

Section 3 – Products eligible to compete

The competition is open, without discrimination, to all Asian wine & spirits and to grape-based wines in accordance with the definitions of OIV’s International Code of Oenological Practices. All products must have an indication of the country of origin as well as the category of the wine & spirit on the label.
All products must be destined for sale and must be from a consistent batch of at least 1,000 litres. On an exceptional basis, a reduced volume of at least 100 litres may be authorised provided proof of boutique-scale production is supplied. All samples must be presented with labels and commercial presentation. If the product was packaged specifically for the competition, the sample shall be accompanied by explanatory documents justifying its status.

Section 12 – Overall running of the panels

1. Discipline

As anonymity is a fundamental principle of the competition:
During the tasting, judges are required to keep silent and avoid gestures or facial expressions that might give away their impressions.
Before each sample is served, the score sheets that are handed out may feature technical information pertaining to the sample. These sheets may also bear the judge’s number and name.
The staff that collects the sheets ensures they have been correctly filled out. The chairman then signs them for approval.
Judges cannot keep a double.
Judges are not allowed to know the identity of a wine or spirit, its origins, price points or awards, thus complying with the rules of total anonymity.

2. Operational mode

Once the panels have been formed, they are convened once or more prior to the tasting in order to explain the purpose of their mission. A group tasting follows so as to compare the results of each judge and set a benchmark for evaluation criteria within the panel.
The panels are seated in a properly aired, well-lit and quiet hall where entry is prohibited to anybody not directly involved in the tasting sessions. Wherever possible, the temperature is kept at between 18°C and 22°C. Smoking is not allowed.
A second hall next door, referred to as the preparation hall but kept out of the judges’ sight, is reserved for uncorking samples and ensuring anonymity. Smoking is similarly forbidden.
Spirits glasses are filled in the preparation hall out of the judges’ sight.
The wine bottles are first placed in a sleeve that hides the shape of the bottle and guarantees sample anonymity. Wine glasses are filled in the tasting hall in front of the judges.
The tasting sessions are held preferably in the mornings. Each tasting includes no more than thirty-five spirits samples or fifty wine samples per day.
The ‘Asian Wine & Spirit – The Silk Route’ guarantees optimal conditions for judges.

3. Sample presentation

Each sample is tasted individually and is not compared.

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Enter the Competition

Enter your wines and spirits before August 31, 2016 by downloading the registration form from our website and returning it by post or e-mail. Please note that the entry form has two parts, one for spirits and one for wine registration.

€120 per Entry

Registration Cost

A fixed rate of €120 is charged per entry.

Payment can be made by Visa/Mastercard or American Express credit card, or by bank transfer to account number VINOPRES BE 87 0001 2552 7494 (Iban), BPOTBEB1 (Bank Identification Code) at the Banque de la Poste (CCP – B-1000 Brussels).

Please enclose proof of payment by bank transfer if you do not wish to pay by credit card on our ‘Ogone’ secure website.

Shipping of samples

To be eligible to take part in the competition, each participant must, before August 31, 2016 , submit 6 labelled bottles of each wine sample and 3 labelled bottles of each spirits sample to the following address, as well as a pro-forma invoice to avoid paying customs clearance fees:

MR. BONG HA
1210, Block B, Vigor Industrial Building, 14 – 20
Cheung Tat Road, Tsing Yi, Hong Kong

Mail : bong@bpmarketers.com
Phone & fax : 00852 3996 9167

Each sample will also be included in the media book for this international meeting and will be presented at a large public tasting.

Key dates

Conference, Grand Tasting & Competition

October 10-12, 2016

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August 31, 2016

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