FineWaters and the Fine Water Society in collaboration with the WaterExop Guangzhou (Canton Fair Complex) conducted the third International Fine Water Tasting Competition in Guangzhou, China on June 16th, 2017. In modern commerce Guangzhou (romanised Canton), is best known for its annual Canton Fair the oldest, highest-level, largest trade fair in China. For three consecutive years 2013–2015, Forbes ranked Guangzhou as the best commercial city on the Chinese mainland.
Due to large-scale contamination and a general distrust of municipal water sources, bottled water has become very important in China and the trend of Premium Waters shows a strong and consistent growth in China. The trend is supported by the rise of a middle class with an international taste.
We have seen in the past many attempts to conduct water tastings but none have risen to a standard that represents the category of Fine Bottled Water. Water like wine deserves attention and the water tasting conducted in Guangzhou puts water on the same level as wine with a 5 judge professional panel consisting of international water sommeliers, meeting for the first time at the tasting.