For its 25th event, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the reference in international wine competitions, has chosen Haidian district of Beijing.
It will be the first time in history, the CMB has selected a host country outside Europe; thus, this is a sign of the growing importance of China in the world of wine. It will be held from May 11 to 13, 2018.
The choice was announced on the last day of the 2017 competition when the mayor of Valladolid, Oscar Puentes, solemnly handed over the Concours Mondial wine glass to Mingjie Chen, the deputy mayor of the Haidian district of Beijing.
According to les statistiques de l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du vin (OIV), China is 2nd country in the world in terms of vineyard area, with 847,000 hectares behind Spain and ahead of France.
It ranks 5th in the world in terms of wine consumption, behind the United States, France, Italy and Germany, and ranks 4th in the world for imports. At the 24th Worldwide Competition in Valladolid, the presence of Chinese wines was up 112.5% compared to the 2016 edition.
“As a leading wine competition we always keep a close eye on market trends. Observing the dynamic development of the Chinese market we decided that it was high time we focused on this major player”, commented Baudouin Havaux, Chairman of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.