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.

Shinya Tasaki

DAWA vice-chair: Shinya Tasaki

Shinya Tasaki is the President of the Japanese Sommelier Association and the A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World 1995.

Li Demei

DAWA vice-chair: Li Demei

Li Demei is a columnist and an associate professor of wine tasting and oenology.

Andrew Jefford

DAWA vice-chair: Andrew Jefford

Andrew Jefford contributes a column every month to Decanter magazine, and writes the Jefford on Monday blog for

David Wainwright

DAWA judge profile: David Wainwright

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

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…

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).