MACEDONIAN ORO LUXURY WATER Wins Gold Medal at the First International Fine Water Tasting Competition



FineWaters (finewaters.com) and the Fine Water Society in collaboration with the WaterExpo Guangzhou (Canton Fair Complex) conducted the first International Fine Water Tasting Competition in Guangzhou, China on 29th of June 2016. 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 Business ranked Guangzhou as the best commercial city on the Chinese mainland.

Due to large-scale contaminations and a general distrust of local municipal water sources, bottled water has become very important in China and the trend of Fine Bottled 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 represent 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. The judges were as follows;

Horacio Bustos (Argentina), Sommelier at the Buenos Aires Winemakers Centre with degree in wine, tea and water.
Dr. Jae Youn Ko (South Korea), Professor, Food Service Management Dept. Hotel &Tourism College, Kyung-Hee University, Seoul Korea.
Dr. Michael Mascha (USA/Austria), Creator and publisher of FineWaters, a web site portal that is the definitive voice for water connoisseurs
Martin Riese (USA/Germany), Water Sommelier at Patina Restaurant Group in Los Angeles, and one of the world’s foremost water sommelier’s.
John Zhu (China/Australia), Importer has been working with premium water since 2008 and has been the Co-Founder and CMO of Purelogica.

Fine Water is not just water. It has terroir, comes from a real place and has character. Representing the Fine Water Category, FineWaters and the Fine Water Society developed the blueprint for conducting water tastings that will become the future professional standard and tastings only adopting the standard will be sanctioned by the Fine Water Society.

The competition was separated in the following categories; STILL waters according to the Minerality levels (TDS – Total Dissolved Solids) starting at a SUPER LOW Category (<50mg/l) usually consisting of Iceberg, rain or glacial waters. The LOW Category (< 250mg/l) holds usually the most waters from sources like springs and artesian. For waters with a higher Minerality are the MEDIUM CATEGORY (<800mg/l) and the HIGH CATEGORY (> 800 mg/l)

SPARKLING waters are represented by the ARTIFICIAL CARBONATION Category for waters which have artificially added carbonation and lastly the waters in the NATURALLY CARBONATED Category are rare and few people are actually aware that there are waters with naturally occurring carbonation. Naturally Carbonated waters generally come from springwaters and even more rarely artesian wells from areas with a rocky underground containing dissolvable minerals (not granite) and can achieve very high minerality resulting in high TDS. Very often, especially if the underground is calciferous, these waters will be naturally carbonated.

Here are the winners for Gold, Silver and Bronze for Naturally Carbonated Category;


  • GOLD - ORO (Macedonia) www.oroluxurywater.com
  • SILVER - Guitig (Ecuador) & BRONZE - ROI (Slovenia)

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The Fine Water Society was founded in 2008 to create a global forum and to further enhance the visibility of Fine Water and convey the idea that water is not just water but a natural product with terroir and unique characteristics to be paired with wines and food alike. All Fine Waters are Premium Waters but not all Premium Water is Fine Water and membership is per strict invitation or nomination only.