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15 award-winning Chinese wines

China is now one of the world's biggest wine producers. Want to know where to begin with the emerging giant? Read on to discover the best Chinese wines according to IWSC experts

Words by IWSC judges

Ningxia Jade Vineyard Winery
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Jade Vineyard in Ningxia, which sits at the foot of the Helan Mountains

It’s an exciting time for Chinese wine. After all, China is now one of the top wine producers in the world. In recent years, some 120,000 hectares of vineyards have been planted in the country, with eight large-scale regions and more than 200 wineries emerging. As a result, China has been propelled into the top 10 of the world’s biggest wine-producing countries. 

If you’re thinking it might be time to see exactly what the country has to offer, the latest IWSC medal winners are a good place to start. Judges have taste-tested their way through the country’s diverse wines. The range included Cabernet Sauvignons modelled on the Bordeaux style and reds made from Marselan – a crossing vying for signature grape status in China. 

Chateau Changyu–Moser XV in the Ningxia wine region of China
Chateau Changyu-Moser XV, a producer in the Ningxia wine region of China

The top-rated Chinese wine was a Chardonnay from the Ningxia region, scoring 94 points and earning praise for its ‘flinty, smoky and buttery’ notes that are ‘wrapped in great acidity and complexity’. Second on the list was a 100% Merlot from Hebei that had ‘a perfumed, aromatic display of ripe blackberry and plum interlaced with floral violet and a whiff of mint and sage’, scoring 93 points as a result. Other high scorers include wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan and Petit Manseng.

Each sample was grouped by type and judged blind alongside its category peers and by a panel of experts. Consequently, the team at Club Oenologique has taken a look in order to deliver the top 15 list below. 

For readers new to Chinese wine, we recommend you read our in-depth guide, Chinese Wine ExplainedBut for now, we bring you the top 15 Chinese wines you need to try. 

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Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon impressed IWSC judges

How do we judge these wines?

We run a tightly structured, rigorous wine tasting process. That means that each wine sample is pre-poured into numbered glasses and assessed blindly by the judges. Most importantly, our IWSC wine judges are experts in their field, who work across all sectors of the wine industry. For evidence, see our full list of judges.

How do we score these wines?

Only the best wines sampled receive a Gold or Silver award. For example, to win Gold, wines have to score between 95 and 100 points. Meanwhile, Silver wines range from 90 to 94 points. Click here to read more on our scoring system.

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