Picture shows: Xavier Vicente, Regional Sales Director Asia-Pacific for González Byass receiving the Japan Wine Challenge award for Best Fortified Wine from Her Imperial Royal Highness Princess Takamado
The Matusalem VORS Sherry from renowned Jerez producer González Byass has received the Best Fortified Wine Trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge. Yet another stellar accolade to add to the extensive collection of international awards this Very Old Rare sweet Oloroso has already achieved.
Presented by Her Imperial Royal Highness Princess Takamado at the awards’ Gala dinner in Tokyo last week, Matusalem scooped the trophy for Best Fortified wine in Japan’s oldest, and most prestigious, wine competition.
The Japan Wine Challenge is one of most recognised competitions in its market and the Far East with a key focus on the development of consumer, and wine lover, awareness and understanding of wines in this very demanding market.
The 18th Japan Wine Challenge 2015 was held in the Conrad Tokyo from 28th to 30th July 2015. A total of almost 1,400 wines from across the world were entered, representing an increase of just under 10% on the previous year. These were judged by a panel of over 30 top wine professionals from Japan and internationally. These included Lynne Sherriff MW, David Wrigley MW, Anthony Rose, Andrew Caillard MW, Veronique Raisin, Neal Martin, Peter Nixon, as well as their counterparts from across the spectrum of Japan’s wine trade and media.
A total of 13 (0.8%) wines received the coveted Trophy award, 63 (5.2%) other wines received Gold medals, 254 (18.1%) received Silver medals, and 584 (41.7%) received Bronze medals. In addition to recognising absolute quality, special Trophy Awards were made for Best Value Wine, Best Discovery Wine and Best Wine from organically grown grapes.
Over 150 people were present at the VIP awards ceremony and Gala dinner including the Ambassadors from important wine exporting countries such as Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria and Argentina. During the dinner a case of the Best Fortified Wine, Matusalem, was auctioned to raise funds for the charity “Wine into Water”, an organisation which aims to bring water to the poorest regions of the world.
Commenting on the win, Antonio Flores, master blender at González Byass, said, “We are overwhelmed to receive such an important award from Her Imperial Royal Highness Princess Takamado and the Japan Wine Challenge. The Japanese and Far Eastern markets are very important to González Byass and this award will help us to promote the quality of our wines and the uniqueness of Sherry.”