The Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) was set up in 2012 to offer wine lovers across Asia a reliable source of wine recommendations. Since the launch of the competition, Decanter has recruited a judging panel of Asia’s most influential and expert wine palates.

Coming from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Korea, and Taiwan, the DAWA 2016 judging panel consists of over 40 judges, ranging from sommeliers to wine writers, wine educators to importers. The panel is chaired by Steven Spurrier, and led by a group of experienced and internationally renowned vice-chairs including Shinya Tasaki, Li Demei, Andrew Jefford, Michael Hill Smith MW, Gerard Basset MS MW, and Ch’ng Poh Tiong. The entire panel’s extensive experience of the wine industry in Asia makes them ideally placed to taste and score the wines entered into the Decanter Asia Wine Awards in order to give recommendations to wine lovers across Asia.

Over 2,500 wines are entered into the Decanter Asia Wine Awards each year. Wines are then carefully organised in flights, according to style and price. All wines are rigorously blind tasted and each wine is discussed individually by a panel of judges. Wines can win commended, bronze, silver, and gold awards. The very best of the gold medal winners from a particular region are awarded regional trophies, and the very best of the regional trophies go on to win international trophies.

The results are released on in October each year and are supported by a series of retail promotions and special events. Results include detailed wine information and are published alongside available stockist information so that readers wanting to enjoy the wines themselves know where to purchase them.

Read more about the credentials of individual Decanter Asia Wine Awards judges.

Li Demei

DAWA vice-chair: Li Demei

Li Demei columnist Li Demei is an associate professor of wine tasting and oenology at Beijing Agriculture College, invited teacher…

David Wainwright

DAWA judges profile: David Wainwright

David Wainwright Taking a junior administrative position at Christie’s Wine Department in London in July 1998, David Wainwright quickly rose…

DAWA Judge Yoichi Sato

DAWA judge profile: Yoichi Sato

Biography: Osaka-born Yoichi Sato trained as a sommelier in France before returning to his native Japan in 1991 to work…

Silven Wong

DAWA judge profile: Silven Wong

Silven Wong Silven Wong is a buyer for the casino-hotel MGM Macau and a lecturer on wine studies at the Institute for…

Satoru Mori

DAWA judge profile: Satoru Mori

Satoru Mori Multi Award Winning Sommelier Satoru Mori brings an encyclopedic knowledge and passion for wine to Conrad Tokyo. As…

DAWA Judge Mandy Chan

DAWA judge profile: Mandy Chan

Biography: Mandy Chan is the co-owner of Ginsberg+Chan a popular fine wine merchant in Hong Kong.  She started Ginsberg+Chan with…

DAWA judge: Donghyuk Shin

Donghyuk Shin is a sommelier at the Jungsik restaurant and wine bar in Seoul, which was voted 10th in Asia’s…

Magandeep Singh

DAWA judge profile: Magandeep Singh

Magandeep Singh Magandeep Singh is India’s first French-qualified sommelier and professional wine taster. Since qualifying around ten years ago, Magandeep…

DAWA judge: Nigel Chan

Nigel is currently the head sommelier of renowned 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Eight in Macau. As the Head Sommelier, Nigel is…

Dawa judge Ying Guo, Dawa 2015

DAWA judge: Ying Guo

Ying Guo, senior sommelier for Four Seasons hotels in China, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

DAWA Judge Yin-How Wong

DAWA judge: Yin-How Wong

Biography: A lawyer by training from the London School of Economics, Yin-How Wong founded Vintry Cellars in 2005. As managing…

DAWA judge profile: Jeremy Stockman

Biography: Watson’s Wine’s General Manager Jeremy Stockman started his career in the wine industry in 1989 in London after completing…