Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016, Asia’s largest wine and spirits trade show was in full-flow at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on day two. With 30 tastings and events for industry professionals as well as over 500 ‘One to Wine Meetings’* scheduled for Wednesday alone, the show continues to assert itself as the region’s leading business event for wine and spirits professionals.
The second day saw the show exceeding target for the expected number of 17,000 visitors, with positive feedback from exhibitors and buyers on the quality and level of professionalism at the show.
The day kicked-off with early seminars hosted by Hong Kong wine-personality Debra Meiburg on Californian wines. Then to ‘Disruptive Technology’ from new-comer Coravin with the brands’ founder and inventor, Greg Lambrecht discussing how innovative brands can change how consumers enjoy wine.
Other highlights of today included the Italian wine guide ‘Gambero Rosso’ showcasing an exclusive selection of top Italian wines and spirits with a tasting to a large group of professional visitors. James Suckling teamed up with Vinexpo CEO, Guillaume Deglise to host a seminar “Piccola Colazione con James Suckling”, on business opportunities for Italian wines in Asia-Pacific with discussions including up-and-coming wine regions in Italy and advice on what Italians can do to better promote their wines in Asia.
Vinexpo feat. bettane+desseauve continued for day two with the duo hosting tastings on ‘Italian Classics at Their Best’, ‘2009 A Magnificent Vintage Throughout France’ and in the afternoon, they unveiled an affordable ‘Super Bordeaux’ to a delighted audience.
In addition, The Asian Wine Personality 2016 Award was won by Japanese brother-sister duo Yuko and Shin Kibayashi who are famed for their wine manga comic series ‘The Drops of God’ publishedoriginally in Japan and then in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and France with over 500,000 copies sold to date.
Business was booming, exhibitors were delighted with the extremely professional and international attendance from all over Asia-Pacific.
Bernard Magrez, one of France´s best-known wine producers and business personalities – owning 41 vineyards around the world is a long-standing exhibitor. He commented: “I am very impressed with the quality of the stands, also the quality of the buyers from all over Asia. Of course China is the most important for us but it’s great to see so many of our business contacts from other key Asian markets here.”
First-time exhibitor Michael Derunes, Export Coordinator, Grays Inc Ltd – New Grove Mauritius Island Rum said: “This is our first time at Vinexpo Hong Kong because we see it as a good bridge to meet international buyers and distributors. We are not yet established in Asia and so we see this as the best B2B platform for us,” Derunes goes on to say, “basically in three days, you can meet the world.”
An exhibitor that has taken part since the first year of the show Graham Taylor, MD of Glasgow Whisky said:“We have been coming to Vinexpo since 1998, the show has certainly evolved over the years and we find it incredibly worthwhile due to the quality of professionals that attend. We come here to meet buyers from all over the world, not just Asia. The level of knowledge and professionalism is certainly increasing.”
Onto the evening, Vinexpo’s networking party, The Blend: Aperitivo Italiano (kindly supported by ICE) ended day two with a large group of guests in the Grand Foyer of the HKCEC, and Italian Chefs from around Hong Kong preparing Italian dishes live. Italy’s most flamboyant bartender, Roman maestro, Massimo d’Addezio mixed up signature cocktails and special drinks. Moreover in attendance at the event this evening, and showcasing his talents, was mixology aficionado Marco Sabellico, curator of the Vini d’Italia guide and author of multiple works about the world of wine and spirits.
Vinexpo invited all guests to the complimentary event to enjoy premium food and wine in an informal setting while also increasing their business network.
Business and networking will continue to flow on day three, the last day of this year’s Hong Kong show at HKCEC on Thursday, 26 May 2016.
*One to Wine Meetings are new to the Hong Kong show, a complimentary pre-scheduled meeting service to assist in building targeted and qualified contacts. A must-have tool to penetrate markets and source new products.