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Sparkling Business Opportunities for the Wine Industry

HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
10-12 November 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Savour the Fine Flavours of Slovenian Wines
The Gala Wine Dinner titled "I Feel Slovenia” featured a menu prepared by Janez Bratovž, the head chef of the celebrated Slovenian restaurant JB RESTAVRACIJA. The Honourable Gregory So Kam-leung (middle), GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); Benjamin Chau (second from right), Acting Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; His Excellency Dejan Židan (second from left), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia; the Guest of Honour, Philip Yung Wai-hung (left), JP, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), the Government of the HKSAR and His Excellency Janez Premože, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the People's Republic of China (right), graced the special occasion.

 Wines and Spirits Recognised for
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition (HKIWSC) is a well-respected wine and spirit competition in Asia. After 880 hours of judging, the result was announced at Awards Ceremony yesterday evening. With a panel of 40 judges from 12 Asian cities, HKIWSC ensures that the winners selected from all across the globe are the best wines suited to Asian taste preferences.

 Product Highlights

Big Head Reisling Icewine
Big Head Wines Inc
Booth: 3C-C05

Merlot barrique
Erdutski vinogradi d.o.o.
Booth: 3C-B16

Everrise International Trading Company Limited
Booth: 3E-A36

Fruitful Harvest International Limited
Booth: 3E-A14

Le Dome Black
JCP Maltus Vigneron & Winemaker
Booth: 3G-C31

Michel’s CerBeso Dia
Michel's Bistro
Booth: 3CON-072

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino
Royal Orchid Wine (Hong Kong) Company Limited
Booth: 3E-B20

Tomatin 18
T'z Limited
Booth: 3CON-076

 Forum & Seminars

Selling Wines to China – Growing Trend of Cross-Border E- Commerce

wine2wine Asia
“The Role of Wine Education in China”

Denver (Weng Chong) Leong, Director of Education of TastingAnnex China

Ian D’Agata, Scientific Advisor of Vinitaly International and the Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy

Ian Harris, Chief Executive at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

Jean-Charles Viens, Deputy Editor Swan Group Asia

Robert Joseph, Wine Industry Consultant & Commentator

Yang Lu, Wine Director of
Shangri-La group

Education Importance for the Best Sommeliers

What's On 12 Nov (Sat)
9:15am – 10:15am
wine2wine Asia “ABC to Wine Trade in China”
Venue: Hall 3F Stand E26

11:30am – 12:30pm
Master Class: Understanding Quality in Wines Currently Trending around the World with Jeannie Cho Lee MW
Venue: Seminar Room , Hall 3E Concourse

11:30am – 12:30pm
Navigating Asia’s Wine Trade: Latest Trends from China and Beyond
Venue: Wine Gallery, Hall 3C

12nn – 1pm
Japanese Wine & Spirits Grand Tasting Session with Sake Samurai Mr Elliot Faber II
Venue: Grand Tasting Room, Hall 3D Concourse

12:30pm – 1:15pm
Taste The Difference, Angus Dundee Distillers
Venue: Whisky and Brandy Bar, Hall 3E South Concourse

1pm – 2pm
A Journey through Chinese Food and Wine Pairings
Venue: Wine Gallery, Hall 3C

1pm – 2pm
No. 1 in Japan for Four Consecutive Years - Fukushima Sake and Food Showcase
Venue: Wine Tasting Room A, Hall 3C

1:30pm – 2pm
Enjoy Shochu from Kyushu with Kumamon
Venue: Ice Bar, Hall 3FG Concourse

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Master Class: Sensory Experience of Wine by Debra Meiburg, MW
Venue: Seminar Room, Hall 3E Concourse

2pm – 3pm
Highland Park Presents: Savouring the Best Spirit in the World
Venue: Whisky and Brandy Bar, Hall 3E South Concourse

2pm – 3pm
HKGCWS Presents - Taste Like a Wine Judge
Venue: Wine Tasting Room B, Hall 3F

2pm – 6pm
TEDxHong Kong Salon “Edible Ideas 2016”
Venue: S221

3pm – 3:30pm
Sensational Moment with SANDEMAN
Venue: Ice Bar, Hall 3FG Concourse

3pm – 4pm
Choosing from a Wine List - Tips and Tricks
Venue: Wine Gallery, Hall 3C

3pm – 4pm
Tequila Tesoro de America
Venue: Wine Tasting Room A, Hall 3C

3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Macallan Presents: Understanding Exceptional Single Malt
Venue: Whisky and Brandy Bar, Hall 3E South Concourse

3:30pm – 5pm
Hong Kong Inter-University Wine Challenge 2016
Venue: Seminar Room, Hall 3E Concourse

4pm – 4:30pm
Discover the Wonders of Gin
Venue: Ice Bar, Hall 3FG Concourse

*By invitation only

Event schedule
Buyers Forum: Uncovering Business Opportunities in Booming Markets of Wine and Spirits

Wenda Ma, Economist, HKTDC Research

Leong Suit Khee, General Manager,
Nam Lee Cheong Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)

CHHIM Chenda, Managing Director,
Winest Co., Ltd (Cambodia)

Jose P. Meneses Jr, President & CEO,
Titania Wine Cellar, Inc (Philippines)

How to Reach the Right Customers in China

 HKQAA Ceremony
2016 Hong Kong Wine Registration Scheme and Wine Storage Management Systems Certification Scheme Presentation Ceremony

 Wine.Luxe x “Hong Kong Wine Journey”
 Top 10 Food & Wine Pairing Restaurant Award 2016

Wine.Luxe’s editor picked his choice from the exhibitors
The editor of Hong Kong’s wine magazine has highlighted some of the wines from the exhibitors. Each selection has been given tasting notes to showcase its distinguished flavours.

1. Komagatake 2013 Single Cask Whisky Heavily Peated (Asian Exclusive)
AF Partners Limited
Booth: 3CON-075

Tasting Notes: While Japanese whisky has been regarded by some as too light, Shinshu Distillery, the producer of Komagatake, has taken on the challenge to produce a heavily peated version. This whisky, with only 184 bottles available in Hong Kong, is characterised by the fragrance of its bourbon barrel, with a mellow well-rounded palate of smokiness and wood, ending with a bold powerful finish.

2. ABISSI Pas Dosé Sparkling
Edonius Limited
Booth: 3E-C33

Tasting Notes: ABISSI Pas Dosé is the world’s first sparkling wine made underwater; on the palate, it is soft and almost sweet, with a taste of white peach followed by bracing balanced acidity. The underwater environment works like the best underground cellar, providing the perfect conditions, in terms of light and temperature, for ageing sparkling wine . The constant counter-pressure keeps it bubbly and enriches the wines with aroma and structure.

3. Hevron Heights’ Armagedon
Israel International Wine Chateau HK
Booth: 3E-D11

Tasting Notes: Tradition is the key word to describe this rare wine, created exclusively from grapes growing on the Judean Mountains at high altitude (950m). The grapes were hand-picked according to custom and aged for 24 months in French oak barrels. The powerful and rich wine presents a deep colour and intensity with aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant and chocolate with hints of spices.

4. Encore Syrah 2015
Katarzyna Estate Ltd
Booth: 3D-B26

Tasting Notes: Encore Syrah 2015 has a rich aroma of tobacco and hints of red fruits. It definitely has ageing potential with its powerful body. It has been rated 84 (out of 100) by Wine Advocate, Robert Parker; and ranked among the best wines in the world with a gold medal at the prestigious Syrah du Monde 2010.

5. Laplandia Eclipse (Vodka)
Shaman Spirits
Booth: 3C-E34

Tasting Notes: The distillery of Laplandia Eclipse is located in fairyland-like Lapland, Finland. The distillery has learnt from the native inhabitants to add Birch Xylitol, one of nature’s own sweeteners to the vodka, resulting in an incredibly smooth experience and an authentic Lappish forestry essence.
6. Preserve Liqueur
Alpine Distilling
Booth: 3CON-059

Tasting Notes: Preserve Liqueur, a Black Tea, Fruit and Spice-inspired Liqueur never fails to please the tea and spirits-drinking crowd. The distiller aims to imbue the rich, restorative qualities of nature into every sip to bring out the fragrant, sensual journey for the drinkers’ senses, accompanied by a well-balanced sweetness.

7. RJ Family Wine Malbec
RJ Vinedos
Booth: 3C-D02

Tasting Notes: RJ Vinedos’ Family Wine Malbec was chosen as one of Argentina’s 20 Superstar Wines by wine critic Jancis Robinson. RJ Vinedos’ Family Wine Malbec’s aromatic palate is intense and complex, with a spectrum of fruits that brings out red fruits such as cherry and raspberry, followed by delicate notes of violet, blackberry, vanilla and a touch of herbs. In the mouth it is broad, robust, and persistent with velvety and well-structured tannins.

 Happenings During the Fair

Grand Tasting

Treasure of France - Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Austrian Reds Vertical Tasting Vintages

Discovery of Cool Climate Zone in California
of United States and Nahe of Germany

Fine Wine Tasting Session

Wine Tastings

Boutique Winemakers of Australia

Award-winning Whiskies around the World

Wines From Spain

The Master Class of Château Montrose

Cocktail Demonstrations

Gifu Sake and Pottery Appreciation

Belgian-Engineered, Cebuano Crafted Beer - Traditional Beer at its Finest

Craft American Spirits

Quality Craft Beer, and Other Drinks from
Lithuania, are Loved by Hong Kong People

Whisky and Brandy Tasting and Education Session

Introduction of Scotch Glenbrynth Whisky

Whisky Tasting for Wolfburn, BlackBull
and The Big Smoke

Tasting Winning Whiskies Awarded by the HKIWSC

Journey to the Highland - Tomatin

Master Class

Understanding Sake led by Stephen Mack, AWSEC

The master class led by Thomas Chung, Vine To Wine Cellar Company Ltd

The master class led by Jennie Mack, Managing Director, Asia Wine Service and Education Centre

The master class led by Peter Kwong,
Founder of Pu Tao Tang

 Photo Gallery


Argentina Pavilion

Australia Pavilion

Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation Pavilion (New)

Bulgarian Wine Export
Association (New)

Economic and Information Technology Commission of Guizhou Province Pavilion (New)


France Pavilion

Fukushima Prefectural Government Pavilion (New)

Kyushu Shochu Culture & Tourism Pavilion (New)

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia (New)

Spain Pavilion

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US (New)

Fair at a Glance

 Hear from the Buyers

“Established in 2014, Winest is engaged in the wholesale business of wines and spirits in Cambodia. We also run a showroom in the capital city Phnom Penh, selling a wide range of wines and spirits particularly those from Australia, France, Spain and Chile. The wine market in Cambodia is growing fast with a rising interest from consumers. We are visiting Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair for the first time to enrich our product categories. This is a good show. We’ve found some interesting products and are in talks with several potential suppliers. They include an Argentinian exhibitor for red and white wines as well as a Finnish exhibitor for spirits. We are also negotiating with a Czech company to source their spirits and a Portuguese exhibitor for red wines. We will get some samples first to test market response. The initial order will involve one 20-foot container of various wines or spirits with each supplier upon successful negotiation. We like this fair and the results are encouraging.”
Chhim Chenda, Managing Director, Winest, Cambodia

“Vinomofo is a popular wine site catering to the needs of wine lovers in Australia and New Zealand. Besides online sales, our direct marketing team calls customers regularly to provide the latest offerings. We provide a wide range of choices with wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina and Chile especially in demand. I am visiting the Hong Kong fair for the first time and have already found eight potential suppliers so far. Among them are three Argentinian exhibitors for Malbec red wines that are getting increasing interest among customers in Australia. I’ve also got in touch with three Spanish exhibitors and two Italian suppliers for a variety of red and white wines. I will taste the wine samples with my colleague again before finalizing orders. The initial order will usually involve about 100 cases for more expensive wines. For wines carrying a lower price tag, the order may be 500 cases. This is a great show. It has been a rewarding journey and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely come again next year.”
Andy Lloyd, Buyer, Vinomofo, Australia

 Hear from the Exhibitors
“We are making our presence at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair for the fourth year to raise our profile. The response has been terrific again. A large number of buyers, especially those from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, have come to us, keeping us busy all the time. Rastignac is a Cognac brand of Chateau des Plassons vineyard with a long history. This fair allows us to promote the brand effectively and fuelled our business development in both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. We see a strong growth in the mainland market in particular. The fair opens up more sales prospects and new cooperation opportunities. We can secure new buyers through the exhibition every year. This is a must-attend event and we will continue to exhibit here to grow our business.”
Adam Un, General Manager, Rastignac (HK) Limited, Hong Kong

“Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world contributing to 14% of the global production. Our wineries are actively expanding our sales worldwide and Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair offers an important platform to grow business in this part of the world. This is our eighth-year participation in the fair and we’ve organized a big pavilion featuring 43 wineries from different regions of Spain. Our participating companies are very happy with the fair and have received a lot of interest from buyers including customers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia. Hong Kong is a sophisticated wine market where people have passion for food and wines. The city is also a key gateway of penetrating the Chinese mainland market. That’s why Spanish wine companies are keen to exhibit and ride on this platform for business development. We have organized a series of wine tasting sessions during the fair for buyers to understand more about our wines. The response from buyers has been very strong. We are satisfied with the exhibition results.”
Maria Pérez-Ribes, Counsellor for Economic & Commercial Affairs, Trade Commission/Invest in Spain, Consulate General of Spain

“In business since 1937, we are a long-established winery in southern France producing about 3 million bottles of wines a year. Our wines are being exported to markets worldwide including Europe, USA, Canada, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. We have been participating in Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair for several years. This is a very good show. We have achieved positive results again this year. A Chinese buyer from Shanghai has just confirmed an order to purchase 13,000 bottles of red wines from us. Shipment is expected to take place within two weeks. We have also established initial contact with other buyers from different places such as Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, India and Japan. This fair really draws a diversity of good quality buyers. Hong Kong is a lively city and I love doing business here.”
Norbert Gaiola, Director General, Cave De Saint Chinian, France

 Thank you, local buyers!
Local buyers are welcome to redeem an exclusive souvenir - Magic Decanter, at the Visitor Promotion Counter in Hall 3G, Booth no. 3G-E24 during the fair period*.

Simply present this printout with your business card and valid buyer badge at the Visitor Promotion Counter to redeem the souvenir.

*One souvenir per buyer. First-come-first-served while stocks last. In case of any disputes, the decision of HKTDC is final and binding.

 Opening Hours

Date Opening Hours Buyer Registration Hours Remarks
12 Nov
10:30am – 6pm 10am – 3:30pm Trade & Public** (aged 18 and above)

**Open to public by ticket admission. The ticketing is closed 45 minutes prior to the closing of the fair.

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Want to discover the stunning green side of Hong Kong during your stay? Come and join the guided tours of various scenic hiking trails and cycling routes at US$10 per person only! With different options, the tours are available at selected weekends from November 2016 to March 2017.

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'HKTDC Marketplace App' - Your Smart Sourcing Companion
Download the revamped ‘HKTDC Marketplace App’ from Apple App Store or Google Play to experience the convenience of mobile sourcing. Industry news, product trends, exhibition details and listing of quality suppliers are all at your fingertips.

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Free Official Fair Catalogue (Full Exhibitor List Included)
Don't forget to collect a FREE copy of the fair’s official catalogue including the fair’s full exhibitors list, fair information and floor plan. Available at the Buyer Registration Counters, Information Counters, Media Centre and VIP Lounge – while stocks last!

Download 'HKTDC Marketplace App' from Apple App Store or Google Play to view the magazine in your mobile device and use the QR code scanner at the fair. Speaks Your Language
With the aim to connect buyers from different parts of the world with our genuine suppliers, the Online Marketplace is now available in 6 new language options in addition to English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

While English is widely used among professional buyers, being able to source in local languages adds value to our buyers as well as expands our advertisers’ market reach. The new language options are - FrenchGermanItalianPortugueseRussian and Spanish .

Check out the hktdc.‌com Online Marketplace in your local language now!
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Enjoy Discount with ‘HKTDC Trade Fair Privilege Coupons'
Enjoy cash savings, discount offers and complimentary drinks offered by local restaurants, sightseeing tour and shopping outlets with the ‘HKTDC Trade Fair Privilege Coupons’!

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Rebecca So
Manager, Marketing Communications
Exhibitions Department
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