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Taiwanese wine wins gold medal at international competition in Paris

BRUSSELS -- A brand of Taiwanese wine has been awarded a gold medal at the prestigious Vinalies Internationales wine competition held in Paris earlier this week.

The achievement is exceptional for Taiwan, which is not a traditional wine-growing country, Taiwan's representative office in France said.

The wine was made with golden muscat grapes grown in Houli, Taichung by Shu-Sheng Leisure Domaine, based on technology developed by Chen Chien-hao, an assistant professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

The success of "Domaine Shu Sheng Golden Muscat Fortified Wine" demonstrates that after a long period of hard work, Taiwan has acquired a mature, internationally competitive technology to make premium wine using domestic ingredients, the office quoted Chen as saying in a statement.

Golden muscat was introduced into Taiwan by the Japanese in 1942 and is known as the first grape species used for wine making in Taiwan, according to Chen.

Golden muscat vineyards were near extinction until the new brand of wine was created, he said. Houli is now the main site for growing the grape species.

The brand won a silver medal at the Vinalies Internationales competition last year.

The competition is open to wines with or without geographical indication from all viticultural countries and regions.

The Vinalies d'or and Vinalies d'argent medals are awarded to wines that are assessed in strict accordance with the rules laid down by the International Organization of Vine and Wine and the Union Internationale des Oenologues.

A total of 3,505 wine samples were submitted for assessment by 141 judges in this year's competition March 1-5.

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