The Vinexpo 2016 show opened yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Chairman Mr. Xavier de Eizaguirre and CEO of Vinexpo Hong Kong, Mr. Guillaume Deglise will welcome 17,000 professional visitors, 1,300 exhibitors and 33 producing countries over the course of the three-day event.
Joining the Chairman and CEO of Vinexpo Hong Kong to welcome guests, wine exhibitors, trade professionals and media to the 2016 show, were Ms Rosanna Law, JP Acting Commissioner for Tourism of Hong Kong, Mr. Ettore Francesco Sequi, Ambassador of Italy in Beijing and Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
The main objective for Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 is to gather leading wine and spirits specialists in one place and to assist in maximizing business and networking opportunities for importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and off- and on-trade buyers.
Day one of the event included the first of a series of 10 tasting events entitled Vinexpo feat. bettane + desseavue. This year, Vinexpo teamed up with Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, leading French wine critics, for a series of professional tastings.
The opening day also saw the first professional appearance of Jon Arvid Rosengren, the newly appointed ‘Best Sommelier of World 2016’, who presented alongside the CEO of Vinexpo at the Vinexpo Challenge – a blind taste test – with the winner receiving a jeroboam of Louis Roederer champagne.
In addition, Ian D’Agata, named as one of Italy’s best wine journalists, took to the stage to present ‘The New Top Official Tier of Chianti Classico Wines’ as part of the Decanter series of events.
The China Market Conference included panellists such as Judy Chan, co-owner of family-owned China winery Grace Vineyard, Chris Tung, Chief Marketing Officer of Alibaba Group, and Robert Foye, President of Treasury Wine Estates, who explained and discussed topics including the wine business in China and the growth of Chinese wines in the next five years.
‘The Blend: Aperitivo Italiano’, Vinexpo’s after-show networking event at the HKCEC Grand Foyer (Wednesday 25 May), is a new initiative for 2016, encouraging trade interaction and business networking and is open to all exhibitors and visitors free of charge.
Brands that will be on display until Thursday 26 May, include Bernard Magrez, E.J. Gallo, Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, Zuccardi, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, François Lurton, Il Borro, Suntory Sake from Japan and Changyu from China.