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Raising a Glass to Italian Wines as Italy Takes Spotlight at This Year’s Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016

May 16, 2016 Beverage No Comments Email Email

The world’s leading exporter of wine by volume, Italy is in the spotlight as this year’s ‘Country of Honour’ at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016, showcasing its great diversity of wines and spirits.

Vinexpo Hong Kong salutes Italy’s continued rise in terms of wine production and exports. China and Hong Kong are importing increasing volumes of Italian wine, with 2.63 million 9-litre cases exported to the region every year, making Italy the 5th biggest wine supplier to China and 6th biggest to Hong Kong.

With over 606 sqm the Italian pavilion at Vinexpo will house more than 60 premium Italian wine producers and exporters. Some of the prestigious Italian wineries present at the show include; Biondi Santi, Chianti Classico, Antinori and Masi Agricola to name a few. The best labels of traditional Italian liquors will be on hand, ranging from vermouth to gin and more.

To promote ‘Made in Italy’ wines, and to highlight excellent-quality, as well as the less-known wines, Vinexpo Hong Kong will be hosting a range of conferences, masterclasses and seminars led by experts in the field of wine.

On Wednesday,25 May (from 8.30-9.30amat the Vinexpo Academy Level 2, room 211/212) James Suckling and Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise will host a seminar”Piccola Colazione con James Suckling”, on business opportunities for Italian wines in Asia Pacific. It will address up-and-coming wine regions in Italy, challenges facing Italian wine production, and what Italians can do to better promote their wines in Asia. Entry is free.

Vinexpo has teamed up with Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, two highly-respected, leading wine critics and writers from France and created the brand Vinexpo feat. bettane+ desseauve, a new event concept featuring a series of tastings and masterclasses during the show. With reference to Italy, the duo will be presenting Italian Classics at their Best: Northern Italy, which they feel is one of the most exciting viticulture regions. (Tuesday,  25May, 1p.m. to 2p.m. Level 1 , room 101B) The second event, Italian Classics at their Best: Central & Southern Italy, is a master class which aims to show the brilliant personalities of the great red wines from Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Abruzzo (Wednesday, 25 May, 5p.m. to 6p.m. Level 1, room 101B).

The Italian Trade Commission (ICE) will organize a series of tastings led by some of the greatest Italy specialists at the heart of the Italian Pavilion: Debra Meiburg MW will lead a seminar on, Barolo: The Wine of The Kings, The King of Wines on 24 May (from 2.30pm – 4pm). Then the following day Debra will host “Italian Heritage, Southern White Varieties” from 2:30pm – 4pm. Lastly on 26 May, Debra will present the Montepulciano, Pecorino & Sagrantino Grapes, a Pride of Central Italy. Mr. Nelson Chow, the Chairman of Hong Kong Sommelier Association will host the Italian Heritage, Southern Red Varieties on 25 May from 11:00am– 12:30pm, Sangiovese and Friends on 25 May and The Rarity of Italy on 26 May.

The Italian wine guide ‘Gambero Rosso’ is showcasing an exclusive selection of top Italian wines and spirits with a tasting on Wednesday, 25 May from 10am-1pm in the Grand Foyer – and a Masterclass presented by Massimo d’Addezio on Thursday 26 May from 10-11.30am at the Vinexpo Academy ( Level 2 room 209/210).  This will be a masterclass seminar dedicated to premium Italian spirits.

To further support Italian wines, The Blend / Aperitivo Italiano – Vinexpo’s after-show networking event – will feature Italian Chefs from around Hong Kong preparing Italian dishes.  This social highlight will be held on Wednesday, 25 May from 6 – 8:30pm in the Grand Foyer and hosted by Italy’s most flamboyant bartender, Roman maestro, Massimo d’Addezio, who was the winner of the Best Bar in the World in 2008 and is most certainly Rome’s most famous bartender. Also attending the event to showcase his talents is mixology aficionado Marco Sabellico, curator of the Vini d’Italia guide and author of multiple works about the world of wine, spirits, and beer.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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