A list of final candidates for the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge has been created, with six judges evaluating the 140 applications for the project. Each judge has links to China and, of course, wine-making.
German Berra is head winemaker at Finca Flichman in Mendoza and a professor of Viticulture at Universidad Maza. He toured Ningxia’s last year and, in return, hosted a Ningxia delegation in Argentina.
Nicolas Billot-Grima of consultancy F2CV has been active in China since his first wine-making stint at Huadong in Shandong in the late 1990’s and was a key part of the Sino-French Demonstration Vineyard project in Hebei.
Andrew Caillard is a Master of Wine, consultant with Woolworths, and co-founder of Langton’s wine auctions. He is co-producer of China wine documentary Red Obsession, a producer of Barossa wine and has visited wineries in China.
Judy Chan is CEO of Grace Vineyard in Shanxi, arguably China’s most successful winery, and a regular member of “most influential” lists of wine people. Grace Vineyard is a Harvard Business School case study.
Amy Lee has 20 years of China experience as national sales director for Tonnellerie ERMITAGE and, prior to that, importer Montrose. She is owner and winemaker at Rocky Point Cellars in Williamette Valley
Tersina Shieh is a Hong Kong-based marketer turned winemaker who has joined harvests in Ningxia and Shandong as well as in other countries. She is a wine writer, judge and event organizer.
Each judge was asked to evaluate 70 applicants out of 20 points.