The annual affair returns to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 7 to 9 November this year. As the city’s interest in wine and spirits continue growing–it now has the second highest auction sales in the world at US$133 million in 2018–the trade show for 2019 offers a few new additions to the line-up.
Joining the 20-strong group of participants is Tottori Prefecture from Japan and the Craft Beer pavilion, both making its debut at the fair. Visitors can also expect familiar exhibitors such as Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) to showcase a wider collection of products in their bigger pavilions.
Look out for wine made from Czech Republic’s André grapes that was served at state banquets when the country’s president met with China’s Xi Jinping, as well as Sav Sparkling wine from Sweden made with fermented Nordic birch sap harvested in spring.
The Asia Wine Academy returns for its second edition alongside The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management. Industry experts will share their insights on a range of topics such as the variations of Cabernet and how to market wine to millennials.
Not to be missed is the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition Award Presentation Ceremony now in its 11th iteration. Held during the Cocktail Reception on the first night, more than 60 awards will be presented to winemakers. After, a Gala Wine Dinner to the theme of Modern Vault will see guests tucking into a menu curate by renowned chef Jacques Kagi.
On the last day, doors open to the public for a series of cocktail demonstrations, masterclasses, wine and whisky tastings. Master of Wine Debra Meiburg will explore lesser known native grape varieties around the world in the seminar titled ‘Indie Fest: The World’s Hottest Indigenous & Alternative Varieties’.