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RARE SET OF HANYU ICHIRO’S ‘CARD SERIES’ OFFERED IN HK AUCTION NEXT MONTH

NEWS 18-7-2019

A full set of Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Card Series’ of Japanese whiskies will be offered by Bonhams in an auction to be held in Hong Kong on 16 August with an estimate of HKD4.5 to 6 million.



勃艮第價格泡沫或爆破 收藏者回歸波爾多

FOCUS 17-7-2019

自今年初以來,勃艮第葡萄酒的價格一直下跌,勃艮第150指數,已經連續下跌六個月,跌幅累計近7%。同時,波爾多名酒卻持續攀升,該產區的價格優勢開始吸引收藏者回歸。



OIV: WORLD WINE PRODUCTION UP 17% IN 2018, CHINA DOWN 22%

NEWS 16-7-2019

According to the latest OIV report, global wine production increased 17% in 2018 reaching 292 million hectolitre, the highest level since 2000. However, China’s production declined 22%.



AB INBEV CALLED OFF HONG KONG IPO BECAUSE OF WEAK DEMAND

NEWS 15-7-2019

The world’s biggest brewer Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB Inbev) has called off listing its Asia-Pacific subsidiary in Hong Kong citing prevailing market conditions.



FRANCE’S PROVENCE TO BOOST PROMOTION OF ROSÉ WINES IN ASIA-PAC MARKETS

NEWS 12-7-2019

Leading rosé producing region France’s Provence will increase its promotional and marketing budget by 25% next year to boost publicity in the Asia Pacific region.



ASIAN PRODUCERS AMONG FOUNDING MEMBERS OF WORLD SPIRITS ALLIANCE

NEWS 11-7-2019

Asian producers and trade organisations are among the 17 founding members of the World Spirits Alliance formed yesterday in Geneva as a “global voice” for the world's distilled spirits sector.



PROWEIN RETURNS TO INDIA WITH EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN IN SEPTEMBER

NEWS 10-7-2019

Leading wine and spirits trade show organiser ProWein will launch its second education campaign in India during the Food & Hotel India exhibition to be held in Bombay in September.



AUSSIE RETAIL GIANT TO ESTABLISH WOOLWORTHS CHINA TO DIVERSIFY FROM WINE

NEWS 9-7-2019

Australian retail giant Woolworths Group has announced the establishment of Woolworths China to diversify its wine bunsiness through Summergate into covering grocery and food.



因應氣候變化 波爾多新增七個可用品種

FOCUS 5-7-2019

法國波爾多生產商,投票通過容許區內較低端的產區,使用新增的七個葡萄品種,以對抗氣候變化,當中有兩個源於氣候和暖的西班牙及葡萄牙,其餘五個則來自法國本土。



LAFITE’S CHINA WINE “LONG DAI” WILL BE DEBUTED ON 19 SEPTEMBER

NEWS 4-7-2019

DBR Lafite has made known the name of its Chinese wine, called Domaine de Long Dai (瓏岱), the inaugural 2017 vintage will be released in China on 19 September this year.



BREWER AB INBEV TO LIST ASIA-PAC BUSINESS IN WORLD’S BIGGEST IPO THIS YEAR

NEWS 3-7-2019

Brewing giant AB InBev seeks to raise up to USD9.8 billion by listing its Asia-Pacific business in Hong Kong on 19 July, making it the world’s largest IPO this year surpassing Uber.



JAPANESE WINES AND PRODUCE FROM NUCLEAR TAINTED AREAS FEATURED IN G20 MENUS

NEWS 1-7-2019

Japanese wines and sakes along with local produce from radioactive-tainted areas were showcased in the meals served to world leaders during the Osaka G20 summit held over the weekend.



CHINESE BAIJIU BRANDS STOLE THE SHOW IN SPIRITS 50 2019

NEWS 28-6-2019

Chinese baijiu brands occupy the top four places of the Spirits 50 2019 ranking compiled by brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance.



CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN BORDEAUX HAVE COOLED EVENTUALLY

NEWS 27-6-2019

Chinese investors are pouring much less money in Bordeaux vineyards partly due to the capital control policy adopted by Beijing, according to a study published by a Bordeaux asset advisor.



DESPITE HIGH TARIFFS, AMERICAN PRODUCERS KEEPING FAITH ON CHINESE MARKET

NEWS 20-6-2019

Despite repeatedly hammered by punitive tariffs as a result of the tit-for-tat trade war between USA and China, many American wine producers are keeping faith on the Chinese market.



END OF FRANCE’S DOMINANCE, AUSTRALIA IS NOW BIGGEST WINE EXPORTER TO CHINA

NEWS 14-6-2019

Australia has overtaken France to become the biggest wine exporter to China both by value and by volume in the first four months of this year, according to China's trade figures.



JAPAN’S MAJOR WINE PRODUCERS TO DOUBLE VINEYARD AREAS BY 2027

NEWS 13-6-2019

In response to the ever-increasing popularity of Japanese wines, Japan’s four major wine producers are planning to almost double the area of their vineyards by 2027.



OIV ESTABLISHED A PERMANENT TEACHING BASE IN CHINA’S NINGXIA REGION

NEWS 11-6-2019

The Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has established a permanent teaching base in China’s Ningxia wine region for its Msc Programme in Wine Management.



蘇格蘭之旅:處處是水源 威士忌蒸餾廠遍地開花

FOCUS 10-6-2019

早兩星期到了蘇格蘭登山,也順道參觀了一些威士忌蒸餾廠,此行最深刻的印象,除了登頂的成功感外,就是蘇格蘭到處都是湖泊河流,而且有水之處就有蒸餾廠,可以說是五步一樓、十步一閣。



TENCENT INVESTOR BEIJING’S HILLHOUSE CAPITAL BOUGHT SCOTCH DISTILLERY LOCH LOMOND

NEWS 7-6-2019

The Beijing-based Hillhouse Capital has acquired Scottish distillery Loch Lomond Group reportedly for £400m (USD508m), making it one of the biggest such deals in recent years.



REPORT: HONG KONG’S WINE BOOM HAS PEAKED, CONTINUES TO DIVERSIFY

NEWS 6-6-2019

Hong Kong’s decade long wine import boom may have peaked, but consumers will continue to push up value and broaden portfolios, according to a report released by Wine Intelligence.



PERNOD RICARD'S SALES UP 21% IN CHINA 19% IN INDIA

NEWS 5-6-2019

French spirits and wine giant Pernod Ricard’s sales in China were up 21% in the nine months to March despite signs of a slowing economy, while sales in India were up 19%.



NORTH KOREA TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST HOME MADE WHISKY

NEWS 3-6-2019

North Korea is to launch its first home made whisky later this year, the spirit will be available in Pyongyang department stores at a retail price of USD15.



NEW BULK WINE EXHIBITION OPENED YESTERDAY IN CHINA’S YANTAI CITY

NEWS 31-5-2019

The first World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) China show opened yesterday in the northern port city of Yantai to tap the booming bulk wine market in China.



THE PRICE OF THIS JAPANESE WHISKY INFLATED 6-FOLD IN TWO YEARS

NEWS 21-5-2019

A bottle of Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt “9 of Hearts” was sold for HKD471,200 (USD62,800) in a Hong Kong auction last Friday, the price was six times the 2017 achieved price at HKD79,625.



AUSSIE WINES’ EXPORT VALUE TO CHINA UP 7% AT AUD1.11B

NEWS 16-5-2019

Australian wine exports to Greater China increased by 7 percent in value last year to AUD1.11b though by volume there is a 14 percent decline, reflecting a trend of premiumisation in this market.



Château Palmer 向藤蔓播音樂助生長

FOCUS 15-5-2019

日本神戶和牛飲啤酒聽音樂,相信大家都聽過,但種植葡萄藤蔓也讓其聽音樂,讀者可曾聽聞?葡萄藤是植物,會懂得聽音樂嗎?據稱音符頻譜可影響安基酸的合成,有助藤蔓開花結果,並增強抵抗力。



TRADE WAR CONTINUES: AMERICAN WINES TO FACE 98% TAX IN CHINA

NEWS 14-5-2019

American wine producers will be hit for the third time as China announced retaliatory tariffs on USD60b worth of American goods including wines effective from 1 June when total tax bill will rise to 98%.



VINOS DE CHILE NEW PRESIDENT: CHINA IS MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC MARKET

NEWS 13-5-2019

Chile’s wine promotion body Vinos de Chile has elected Aurelio Montes Baseden as its new president. He said China is Chilean wines’ most important market and he will visit China later this year.



LAOS AND CAMBODIA REGISTERED CHAMPAGNE AS THEIR FIRST FOREIGN G.I.

NEWS 9-5-2019

Laos and Cambodia in Southeast Asia officially registered Champagne as a foreign Geographical Indication (G.I.), the first foreign appellation to have registered in both countries.



THE LANCET: CHINA AND INDIA LIFTED WORLD ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION 70% IN THREE DECADES

NEWS 8-5-2019

The world consumed 70 percent more alcohol in 2017 than in 1990, largely due to heavier and more widespread drinking in middle-income countries like China and India, according to The Lancet.



TAIWAN’S KAOHSIUNG PORT UNCOVERED BIGGEST EVER WINE SMUGGLING CASE

NEWS 7-5-2019

Taiwan’s southern Kaohsiung Port has uncovered its biggest ever wine smuggling case, having seized 20,896 bottles of undeclared wines including Penfolds brand worth a total of NT$20m.



SHANGHAI WAITER GOT THREE YEARS FOR STEALING 12 BOTTLES OF DRC AND LATOUR

NEWS 6-5-2019

A Shanghai court recently gave a 20-year old trainee waiter three years suspended sentence for stealing 11 bottles of Romanee-Conti and one bottle of Chateau Latour worth RMB0.9m.



日本威士忌市場進入「全球混釀」年代

FOCUS 1-5-2019

上月日本三得利推出名為「碧」(Ao) 的調和威士忌,這款產品由來自五個國家的威士忌原酒勾兌而成,是一款「全球混釀」產品。由去年開始,日本市場充斥著標示為日本威士忌的「全球混釀」,三得利的陽光標示做法,或會逼使其他生產商明確標示產地來源。



SINGAPORE’S GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS REGISTRY STARTED OPERATION

NEWS 30-4-2019

Singapore’s Intellectual Property Office has established a Geographical Indications Registry and has started receiving applications from around the world this month.



HOPES OF A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR U.S. WINES IN JAPAN

NEWS 29-4-2019

President Trump told visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last Friday that a new bilateral trade deal could be reached by May, a welcome news to American exporters suffering high tariffs in Japan.



CHINA'S MOUTAI FORGED STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILEAN WINERY

NEWS 26-4-2019

Chile's Viñedos Marchigüe in Colchagua has forged a strategic partnership with the winemaking arm of baijiu giant Kweichow Moutai. A small hill in the vineyards is christened Moutai Shan to mark the partnership.



EAST MEETS WEST: CHINESE WHISKY LAUNCHED BY DIAGEO AND YANGHE

NEWS 25-4-2019

Global wine and spirits giant Diageo worked with China's third biggest baijiu distiller Jiangsu Yanghe to launch a new whisky called Zhong Shi Ji blending East and West craftsmanship.



NEW WINE LABELLING STANDARDS IN INDIA HOPED TO RAISE GLOBAL IMAGE

NEWS 24-4-2019

India’s wineries started affixing labels according to international standards from this month, helping formalisation of Indian winemaking and is hoped would improve Indian wines’ image in the global market.



2015 Brunello質素罕見 明年一月上市

FOCUS 23-4-2019

喜愛意大利葡萄酒的朋友要注意了,明年一月開始上市的 2015年 Brunello di Montalcino,據說將會是歷來質素最高的年份之一,當中優質生產商的產品,更有可能具有收藏價值。



AT LAST: LAFITE SET TO RELEASE ITS CHINA WINE IN SEPTEMBER

NEWS 18-4-2019

Chateau Lafite's China project, Domaine de Penglai, will release its inaugural vintage in September after 11 years of preparation. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Marselan and will mainly be sold in China.



OIV REPORT: CHINA WINE MARKET STALLING IN EVERY WAY

NEWS 17-4-2019

After years of fast growth, China's wine consumption, production and vineyard areas were all stalling in 2018, according to datas of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).



WORLD BLEND “AO”: SUNTORY’S ANSWER TO WHISKY SHORTAGE IN JAPAN

NEWS 16-4-2019

Leading Japanese whisky producer Suntory Spirits released today a world whisky called “Ao”, blending liquids from Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada and Japan.



BOUTIQUE SPEYSIDE DISTILLERY TEAMS UP WITH BAIJIU GIANT LUZHOU LAOJIAO

NEWS 11-4-2019

Boutique Scotch whisky producer Speyside Distillers has teamed up with Chinese baijiu giant Luzhou Laojiao to expand sales into China. The company is planning to up production by 66% to meet demands from China.



DBR LAFITE DIVERSIFIES ITS DISTRIBUTION NETWORK IN CHINA

NEWS 10-4-2019

Ending the exclusive distribution partnership with Suntory-owned ASC Fine Wines, DBR Lafite will add Pernod Ricard China and two local Chinese companies as its distributors in China.



CALIFORNIA WINE EXPORT TO CHINA DECLINED 25% DUE TO TRADE WAR

NEWS 9-4-2019

The value of California wine export declined by 4.8% in 2018 to its lowest level since 2012. The Chinese market was the biggest contributor to the decline with export to China decreased by 25%, largely due to President Trump’s trade war.



打算購入2018波爾多期酒? 請先了解 「酒香酵母」

FOCUS 8-4-2019

法國專業葡萄酒媒體報道,2018年波爾多的酒精度及pH值雙高,加上有剩餘糖粉,非常適合會釋出臭氣的「酒香酵母」(Brett) 生長,某些酒莊在葡萄酒發酵時就已經察覺,有意購入者須小心選擇。



INDIA’S BIGGEST PRODUCER SULA VINEYARDS ENTERS CHINA MARKET

NEWS 4-4-2019

Sula Vineyards, India's largest wine producer, has started exporting Sula wines to China. The company has recently appointed Nanjing Glory International as their importer and distributor in China.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA STEPS UP WINE TOURISM PROMOTION IN CHINA

NEWS 3-4-2019

The South Australia Tourism Commission recently visited Guangzhou to promote wine tourism. With direct flights, Penfolds Grange, Jacob's Creek and many more, 26% more Chinese tourists visited the Australian state in 2018.



CHINESE RESEARCH DATA: DOMESTIC WINES ON THE RISE AMID DECLINE OF IMPORTED WINES

NEWS 2-4-2019

According to latest business research data, China’s domestic wine production increased 11.8% in the first two months of this year while imported wines declined by a whopping 13%.



“TRAN-SCEND-ENT" COLLECTION BEAT HIGHEST EVER ESTIMATE BY 50% IN HK AUCTION

NEWS 1-4-2019

The “Tran-scend-ent 超凡釀” fine wine auction hosted by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong has beaten the lower end of its record breaking estimate by over 50% realising USD29.8m, helping sealed Hong Kong’s status as world’s wine auction capital.



BOYZONE: TOO EXPENSIVE TO GET DRUNK IN HONG KONG

NEWS 28-3-2019

The iconic Irish boy band Boyzone, who visited Hong Kong to play their global farewell tour, have found Hong Kong’s booze too expensive and claimed that they can't afford to get drunk there.



MACRON TREATED XI WITH CHAMPAGNE, WHITE BURGUNDY AND BORDEAUX RED

NEWS 27-3-2019

In a private dinner hosted by the French President in the French Riviera last Sunday, Chinese President Xi and his wife were served Mediterranean dishes accompanied by Pol Roger champagne, Montrachet Grand Cru and a Petrus.



SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO OFFER "WIDEST SELECTION OF BURGUNDY WINES IN SKY"

NEWS 26-3-2019

Singapore Airlines is adding an extensive selection of artisan wines to its in-flight wine menu including 47 labels of crafty Burgundy wines. It is claimed to be the widest selection of Burgundy wines in the sky.



無醇葡萄酒不再是小眾玩意

FOCUS 25-3-2019

調查顯示越來多年青人滴酒不沾,在剛結束的Dusseldorf Prowein酒展上,有為數不少的釀酒商,展出了他們的脫醇葡萄酒產品,希望藉以擴大市場,酒款極為多樣化,入口感覺跟飲用普通葡萄酒相當接近。



CHINA’S BIGGEST PRODUCER CHANGYU TO ACQUIRE 55% STAKE IN THIS BORDEAUX CHATEAU

NEWS 22-3-2019

China’s biggest wine producer Changyu is to acquire a 55% stake in Château Liversan in the Haut-Medoc of Bordeaux from current owner France’s Advini SA through equity injections into a new joint venture company.



CHINA AND HONG KONG REMAINED BORDEAUX’S TOP EXPORT MARKETS DESPITE SHARP FALL

NEWS 21-3-2019

Hong Kong was Bordeaux wine’s top export market by value in 2018, export value increased by 3% to €327million. Despite a sharp 31% slump, China remained the top market by volume having imported 58 million bottles.



CHINA’S SOUTHERN MOST VINEYARD MAKES WINE FROM NATIVE SPIKY GRAPES

FOCUS 19-3-2019

Lechang county in Guangdong province bordering Hong Kong is believed to be China’s southern most vine growing area. Producers there are making a subtropical wine from native spiky grapes called Ziqiu (Autumn Purple).



BUYING FRENZY IN BORDEAUX CONTINUES DESPITE A SLOWING ECONOMY IN CHINA

NEWS 14-3-2019

Despite that the Chinese economy seems to be slowing, Chinese investor’s appetite for Bordeaux châteaux has no sign of abating. One more winery in the prestigious wine region has just been sold to Chinese investor.



VINEXPO IWSR REPORT: CHINA SET TO BECOME SECOND MOST VALUABLE MARKET

NEWS 13-3-2019

The latest Vinexpo IWSR Report was released yesterday in Shanghai, it predicts that global wine market will exceed USD207billion in 2022 and China will overtake France to become the world's second most valuable wine market.



CHINESE WEILONG'S AUSSIE WINERY STARTS MAKING WINES SOLELY FOR CHINA MARKET

NEWS 12-3-2019

China's third largest wine producer Weilong Company has started processing its first vintage in its Australian facility in Northwest Victoria. Every bottle made here will be shipped back to China to be sold under the company’s Grand Dragon brand.



邂逅瑞士罕有品種 不吃人間煙火的佳釀

FOCUS 11-3-2019

近日在一場標榜另類酒款的品鑑會上,品嚐了多款來自瑞士的葡萄酒,生產商採用的品種,大多數我從未聽聞過,他們不單以工藝方式釀酒,而且非常講究保護環境及可持續性,產品質素及價格都很高,給人不吃人間煙火的感覺,是一次非常特別的體驗。



FORMER NINGXIA PARTY BOSS LOBBIED BEIJING FOR DOMESTIC WINE TAX BREAKS

NEWS 8-3-2019

Cui Bo, former deputy secretary of CCP’s Ningxia committee, has proposed a gradual elimination of the 10% consumption tax and 16% VAT for domestic wines to help the industry compete with imported wines.



VALUE OF RARE WHISKIES SURGED 582% IN PAST DECADE, THANKS TO DEMANDS IN ASIA

NEWS 6-3-2019

Rare whisky is the most lucrative investment in the past decade with value surging 582%, partially driven by demands in Asia, according to the 2019 Wealth Report published by property consultancy Knight Frank.



SEOUL HAS SECOND HIGHEST COST FOR BOTTLE OF WINE AMONG WORLD’S PRICIEST CITIES

NEWS 5-3-2019

Seoul is the second most expensive city to buy a bottle of wine among the world’s top 10 most expensive cities, according to the 2018 Worldwide Cost of Living report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.



DIAGEO OFFERS 20% PREMIUM TO UP 10% STAKE IN THIS CHINESE BAIJIU PRODUCER

NEWS 4-3-2019

Confident about Chinese baijiu market, global giant Diageo offers to buy 10% more Shuijingfang shares, of which it already owned 60%, at RMB45 per share representing a premium of 19.33% on last traded price.



FRENCH WINE'S DOMINANCE IN CHINA MAYBE FADING, WARNED FRANCE TRADE AGENCY

NEWS 28-2-2019

The French government’s investment and trade agency Business France has sounded alarm on the sharp decline from 31% to 26% in French wine’s share of the Chinese imported wine market in 2018.



給香港西九龍葡萄園的建議:切忌情迷勃艮第

FOCUS 27-2-2019

香港西九龍文化區計劃建葡萄園,首選品種是法國勃艮第的黑品種Pinot Noir,但勃艮第擁有大陸性氣候,夏季平均氣温只20度,而且Pinot Noir出名難種,恐怕會水土不服,本文建議採用擁有和暖海洋性氣候的波爾多產區品種,首選是黑品種Cabernet Sauvignon。



SUBTROPICAL HONG KONG PLANS A WATERFRONT VINEYARD FEATURING BURGUNDY VARIETIES

NEWS 26-2-2019

The architect of Hong Kong’s zero wine tariff policy has engineered the planting of the city’s first ever vineyard at the Victoria Harbour waterfront featuring Burgundy grape varieties.



AT LEAST 155 DIED IN INDIA IN THE SECOND LIQUOR POISONING OUTBREAK IN TWO WEEKS

NEWS 25-2-2019

At least 155 people have died and more than 200 hospitalized in Northeastern Assam state of India in the second outbreak of liquor poisoning in two weeks, after more than 100 were killed in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states earlier this month.



JOHNNIE WALKER RELEASED PORT ELLEN EDITION OF “GHOST AND RARE” IN SINGAPORE

NEWS 22-2-2019

The “Ghost and Rare” series draws on “ghost” stocks of rare malts from Scotch distilleries closed long time ago. This second edition focuses on stocks from the closed Port Ellen distillery on Islay.



IWC LAUNCHED NEW WINE COMPETITION EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHINA

NEWS 21-2-2019

Organiser of the International Wine Challenge has launched a new wine competition exclusively for the Chinese wine trade. It is claimed to be the only international wine awards to be presented in mainland China.



FRENCH WRITER PROTESTED EXOTIC CHINESE NAMES FOR BORDEAUX CHATEAUX

NEWS 19-2-2019

Well known French writer Philippe Sollers and Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe have some fascinating exchanges over the exotic names given to historic Bordeaux chateaux by their new Chinese owners.



JAPANESE RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT WINE CAN BOOST HAIR GROWTH

NEWS 18-2-2019

Researchers of Japanese Rohto Pharmaceutical Company have found that tartaric acid in wines can boost hair growth by as much as 1.6 times, according to a report by the Kyodo News Agency.



TWE’S ASIA EARNINGS JUMPED 31%, WILL BUY FRENCH VINEYARDS TO TARGET CHINESE MARKET

NEWS 14-2-2019

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates reported a 31 percent jump in earnings across Asia in the first half of 2018/19 financial year, the company is looking to buy wineries and vineyards in France to target the Chinese market as a strategy to lift profit margins.



CHINESE BUSINESSWOMAN SELLS NZ CARRICK WINERY TO FUND MOVIE PROJECT

NEWS 13-2-2019

Auckland-based Chinese businesswoman Elizabeth Zhong is selling Carrick Winery in Central Otago to fund a movie project in New Zealand. Due to unexpected situations in China, she has to raise funds locally for the movie.



一場人工智能與葡萄酒專家的對壘

FOCUS 12-2-2019

早前世界圍棋高手接連被人工智能AlfaGo擊敗,人類最終會否被AI取代成為非常熱門的話題。近日巴黎舉行了一場葡萄酒專家對壘人工智能Matcha的侍酒賽事,結果是互有勝負,但若再假以時日,人工智能取代部份侍酒工作是極有可能發生的。



MORE THAN 100 DIED AFTER DRINKING POISONOUS LIQUOR IN NORTHERN INDIA

NEWS 11-2-2019

At least 105 people died in Northern India after drinking illegally produced spirits, in the worst such case since 2011. At least 36 people died in Haridwar in Uttarkhand state and at least 69 died in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state.



BRITISH CRAFT DISTILLER COMES TO ASIA WITH LONDON MADE WHISKIES AND HK EDITION GIN

NEWS 8-2-2019

British craft spirits producer London Distillery Company enters the Asian market with a portfolio including the first London made whisky in a century and the Hong Kong edition of a gin flavoured by botanicals from the Kew Gardens.



HISTORIC JAPANESE SHOCHU MAKER NISHI BOUGHT NEW ZEALAND'S URLAR VINEYARD

NEWS 7-2-2019

Wairarapa-based Urlar Farms has been sold for NZD8.75 m to Nishi Sake Brewing, the 173-year old leading Shochu producer from Kagoshima in Japan. The new owner aims at increasing exports by fivefold in 5 years.



WINE FROM CHINA’S NINGXIA REGION IS MAKING INROADS INTO FRANCE

NEWS 6-2-2019

China’s Ningxia wine region has recently exported 11,870 liters of wine to France, its biggest ever batch of wine export to a EU country. Chinese media hailed this as a step closer for Ningxia to become a wine exporting area.



FINE WINE AUCTION CAPITAL: HONG KONG WILL HOST AUCTION WITH HIGHEST EVER ESTIMATE

NEWS 1-2-2019

British auction house Sotheby’s has announced a 3-day sale entitled "Tran-scend-ent Wines 超凡釀" in Hong Kong from 29 to 31 March with the highest ever pre-sale estimate, helping seal Hong Kong’s status as the world’s fine wine auction capital.



STUDY COMMISSIONED BY GLOBAL BIG GUNS URGED HONG KONG TO CUT SPIRITS TARIFF

NEWS 31-1-2019

A study commissioned by Asia Pacific International Wine and Spirits Alliance, its members include global giants like Diageo and Pernod Ricard, suggests that a spirits tariff cut can bring HKD1b (USD133m) worth of economic benefits to Hong Kong.



A CHINESE BUSINESSMAN IN HUNGARY BOUGHT AN EGER WINERY TO BRING “BULL’S BLOOD” TO CHINA

NEWS 29-1-2019

Wenzhou native and Chinese community leader, Qu Lei, has acquired 49% stake of Petreny Winery. He plans to export Eger's legendary red wine Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) to China.



早年低估需求 優質日本威士忌供應斷層 市場恐被搶佔

FOCUS 28-1-2019

釀製威士忌並不是賣點心,可以即做即賣,尤其是優質的高年份酒款,動輒要陳年十多二十年,才可以勾兌入樽推出市面。在這漫長的存放期內,生產商要做到持續有穩定的貨源供應,是一門很大的學問。



CHINA WINE PRODUCTION DROPPED 37% IN 2018, FURTHER SIGN OF A WINE MARKET SLUMP

NEWS 25-1-2019

China’s wine production dropped by 37.16% in 2018 to 6.29 million hectolitres (mhl), down from 10.01 mhl in 2017, according to data obtained by The Wine Chronicle from China’s National Bureau of Statistics.



MORE SUSPENSIONS, JAPANESE WHISKIES IN SEVERE SHORTAGE DUE TO HIGHBALLS COCKTAIL

NEWS 23-1-2019

Japanese whisky is in severe shortage due to the popularity of a whisky and soda cocktail called Highballs in Japan. The shortage has caused Suntory Spirits to announced suspension of six more of its Japanese whisky products at the end of March.



REMY: EARLY CHINESE NEW YEAR BOOSTED COGNAC SALES IN CHINA DESPITE A SLOWING ECONOMY

NEWS 22-1-2019

French spirits group Remy Cointreau delivered robust sales in the last quarter of 2018, as the earlier Chinese New Year boosted premium Cognac demands while sales were strong in the United States.



DIAGEO INDIA SOLD FOUR SEASONS WINES TO COMPETITOR GROVER ZAMPA

NEWS 21-1-2019

Global wine and spirits giant Diageo’s Indian subsidiary, United Spirits, has sold its winery Four Seasons Wines in a bid to focus on its core spirits business in India.



WINE AUCTION SEASON STARTS IN HONG KONG TOMORROW WITH A VERTICAL COLLECTION OF 36 GRANGE MAGNUMS

NEWS 18-1-2019

British auction house Sotheby’s will kick start this year’s fine wine auctions tomorrow in Hong Kong with 791 lots at a total estimate of HKD 23million (USD2.9 million). The highlight of the lots is a very rare complete vertical collection of 36 Penfolds Grange Magnums from 1979 to 2014.



SPANISH WINE EXPORT TO CHINA DECLINED 20% IN 2018, AMID A COOLING IMPORTED WINE MARKET

NEWS 17-1-2019

China’s imported wine market cooled off in 2018 due to a sharp downturn in the second half of the year. The decline affected almost all major exporting countries, with Spanish wines suffering a whopping 20.13% fall in import value, according to a report in Beijing Business Today.



勃艮第2017期酒品鑑:白勝於紅

FOCUS 15-1-2019

每年元旦過後,都是酒評人最忙碌的日子,原因是全球最名貴酒區法國勃艮第的生產商,會在這時舉行期酒品鑑會,讓業界及愛好者品嚐仍在橡木桶陳年、於前年釀製的新酒,客戶也可提前認購。筆者也趁熱鬧跑了幾場期酒品鑑會,結論是該年份的勃艮第「白勝於紅」。



CHINA’S MOUTAI WINE COMPANY SEEKS TO EXPAND TO ITALY

NEWS 14-1-2019

A delegation of Moutai Wine Company, the wine business arm of the world’s most valuable spirit producer Kweichow Moutai, has met with former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema seeking to establish a production base in Italy.



CHINESE OWNER OF NZ LABOUR AGENCY FINED NZ$120,000 FOR EXPLOITING WORKERS

NEWS 11-1-2019

Marlborough based Double Seven Services, which supplies labours to vineyards, and its Chinese owner Qin Zhang, were fined more than $120,000 after failing to pay minimum wage and keep correct records for almost 200 employees.



TAIWAN’S KAVALAN LAUNCHED GIN WITH LOCAL FRUIT FLAVOURS

NEWS 10-1-2019

Taiwan’s Kavalan has introduced a new triple-distilled gin using a botanical recipe full of tropical flavours, including local specialities like kumquat peels, dried star fruit and guava.



AUSTRALIA’S ACCOLADE TO APPLY “COVERT TRACERS” IN QR CODES TO COMBAT CHINESE COUNTERFEITS

NEWS 8-1-2019

Australia's biggest wine producer Accolade Wines has signed a deal with anti-counterfeit company YPB to apply “covert tracers” to its premium wines to combat counterfeit problems in the China market.



響應「一月酒戒」 紅茶菌Kombucha當香檳

FOCUS 7-1-2019

記得紅茶菌嗎?這款我們兒時在家中自釀的飲品正在歐美大行其道,不但有了個像日文的名字Kombucha,更被包裝成為無酒精起泡酒替代品。今年「一月酒戒」(Dry January)據說有很多人響應,像Kombucha這樣的無酒精飲品將會大受歡迎。



AUSSIE WINES PAY ZERO TARIFFS IN CHINA AND KOREA FROM 1 JANUARY

NEWS 4-1-2019

Australian wine producers pay zero tariffs on their exports to China and Korea from 1 January when further free trade agreement tariff cuts kicked in, adding to their competitive edge over European and American producers.



JAPAN’S SUNTORY AND ASAHI ANNOUNCED PRICE CUTS ON EU WINES FROM 1 FEBRUARY

NEWS 2-1-2019

Japan’s leading wine importers Suntory and Asahi Groups have announced that they will cut prices on imported European wines when the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement comes into effect on 1 February.



RUSSIAN STANDARD VODKA TO TAP THE HUGE INDIAN SPIRITS MARKET

NEWS 28-12-2018

The world’s second largest vodka producer Russia’s Roust International has launched its Russian Standard Original vodka brand in India to tap the country's fast growing spirits market.



FIRST UNESCO WINE CULTURE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG IN JUNE 2019

NEWS 27-12-2018

Jointly organised by the UNESCO Chair “Culture and Wine Traditions” of the University of Burgundy and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the conference is scheduled on 2 to 5 June 2019.



橡木球、石屎蛋 超現代的釀酒容器

FOCUS 21-12-2018

不要以為釀製葡萄酒是古老行業,只要有工藝就無須依賴科技。本文介紹的橡木球及石屎蛋釀酒器,足以證明釀酒師也講求科學,在追求極緻的過程中,也想得到一些科技上的協助。



KOREA’S LG TO LAUNCH A CAPSULE-BASED HOME CRAFT BEER MACHINE CALLED HOMEBREW

NEWS 19-12-2018

South Korean electronics firm LG will next month launch a capsule-based home brewing machine that can make 5 litres of beer in two weeks.



CHINESE WINERIES BORDERING NORTH KOREA MAKE RED ICE WINE FROM OWN HYBRID VARIETY

FOCUS 17-12-2018

The Jian County of China’s Northeastern Jilin Province sits on the west bank of the Yalu River overlooking North Korea to the East. Here local wineries have been making an red ice wine with China’s own hybrid black variety called Beibinghong which means “Arctic Red”.



TAIWAN’S KAVALAN LAUNCHED TWO BORDEAUX CASK WHISKIES TO MARK 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

NEWS 14-12-2018

Taiwanese whisky distillery Kavalan has launched two limited special editions called Kavalan Bordeaux Margaux and Kavalan Bordeaux Pauillac to mark its 10th anniversary.



HUNGARY’S GRAND TOKAJ GROUP ENTERS CHINA THROUGH JD.COM

NEWS 12-12-2018

One of Hungary’s leading wineries, the state-owned Grand Tokaj Group, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with China’s second biggest online shopping platform JD.com on Monday.



綠酒、藍酒、橙酒  過節期間你會試嗎?

FOCUS 10-12-2018

近幾年歐洲興起一股顏色葡萄酒浪潮,在紅、白與桃紅之外,消費者可選擇藍色、橙色甚至加入大麻素的綠色葡萄酒,這些顏色酒究竟是甚麼概念,值得一試嗎?



UK TRADE BODY ON THE ROAD IN TOKYO TO PROMOTE GIN AND WINE

NEWS 7-12-2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) of UK led a trade mission to Tokyo last week to showcase British gins and fine wines with a view to boost exports.



AUSTRALIA WAS NAMED WINE COUNTRY OF THE YEAR BY THE CHINESE WINE TRADE

NEWS 5-12-2018

Australia was crowned Wine Country of the Year by China’s wine and spirits industry on Monday in the China High-End Spirits Fair cum Global Wine G50 Summit held in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.



THIS RUSSIAN SPARKLING PRODUCER PLANS TO PRODUCE CHARMAT IN CHINA

NEWS 3-12-2018

Against the backdrop of economic sanctions on Russia by western countries, Abrau-Durso plans to expand production into China thinking that just exporting is not good enough.



RIOJA IS ON THE ROAD IN CHINA THIS WEEK

NEWS 30-11-2018

The Rioja wine region of Spain is on the road in China. After holding its Grand Tasting in Beijing on Monday, the 75 wineries taking part will travel to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.



我臭但我罕有 DRC成為天價酒皇的原因

FOCUS 28-11-2018

上月有兩瓶1945年的Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) 勃艮第干紅,在蘇富比紐約拍賣會上,打破了歷來葡萄酒拍賣紀錄,分別以558,000及496,000美元賣出。這個價錢足以在很多發達國家購買一間中產家庭的房屋,大家不禁會問DRC 為何這麼貴,值得嗎?



WTO TO SET UP PANELS TO SETTLE TRADE DISPUTES BETWEEN USA, CHINA AND FIVE OTHER COUNTRIES

NEWS 26-11-2018

Light at the end of the tunnel? The World Trade Organization is to set up a range of settlement panels to resolve the trade disputes that have caught the world’s wines and spirits industry.



MILLENNIAL AND WOMEN WINE CONSUMERS ARE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH IN CHINA

NEWS 23-11-2018

The rise of millennial and women consumers is a notable trend in the current China wine market, according to the “2017 China Wine Data Analysis Report” jointly released by China Alcoholic Drinks Association and trade data specialist Exact Data China.



FALLEN OUT OF FAVOUR IN JAPAN, EXPORT OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU IN DECLINE

NEWS 21-11-2018

Behind the hype of the Beaujolais Nouveau campaign last Thursday, there is the daunting truth that demand of the wine has been in continuous decline, mainly due to a dampened interest in the Japanese market.



FORGET ABOUT WHISKIES, THE WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE SPIRITS BRANDS BELONG TO CHINESE BAIJIU

NEWS 19-11-2018

According to the latest report by Brand Finance, an international brand valuation and strategy consultancy, the world's top three most valuable spirits brands are Moutai, Wuliangye and Yanghe. British brand Johnnie Walker dropped one place to fourth.



巴黎、柏林品鑑會 助新世界葡萄酒登上殿堂

FOCUS 16-11-2018

在葡萄酒業發展的歷史上,有兩個品鑑會被視為是劃時代的,讓新世界酒走上優質葡萄酒的殿堂,足以跟舊世界頂級酒區一較高下。 第一個是1976年的巴黎評審會(Judgement of Paris),第二個則是2004年的柏林品鑑會(Berlin Tasting)。



CHINA RATED MOST ATTRACTIVE WINE MARKET, ASIA HIGHEST POTENTIAL

NEWS 14-11-2018

China is rated the most attractive wine market by international producers and exporters followed by Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, USA and Canada, according to a survey commissioned by the organiser of ProWein trade show.



NEW SHANGHAI SHOW TO BRING VINEXPO TO CHINA EVERY YEAR FROM 2019

NEWS 12-11-2018

The French organiser of the Vinexpo wine exhibition will hold its first Shanghai show in May 2019. This new biennial exhibition will bring Vinexpo to China every year, to be held alternately in Hong Kong and Shanghai.



CHINESE CONSUMERS BUYING LESS BUT SPENDING MORE ON BORDEAUX WINE

NEWS 9-11-2018

Bordeaux has exported 11% less wine to China in the past 12 months compared to the same period a year ago. In value terms, however, there is an increase of 3%, indicating that Chinese consumers are buying more premium Bordeaux wine.



NEW SOUTH WALES TO TARGET CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA IN WINE TOURISM CAMPAIGN

NEWS 7-11-2018

Australia's lesser known wine regions in New South Wales like Hunter Valley and Orange will strengthen wine tourism promotions in countries like China and South Korea after having secured a state grant of AUD 2m (USD 1.4m).



THE OSBORNE BULL IS COMING TO CHINA ON ALIBABA'S TMALL

NEWS 5-11-2018

Spain’s legendary sherry and brandy maker Osborne Group has opened an online flagship store on Alibaba's Tmall platform, bringing Osborne sherry, Carlos I brandy and Montecillo Rioja wine and many more to Chinese customers.



EXPORTS OF SCOTCH WHISKY TO INDIA AND CHINA SEEN UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH

NEWS 2-11-2018

The world’s two most populous countries are Scotch Whisky’s fastest growing markets. Exports to India increased by 44.4% to over USD72.9 million in the first half of this year, to China increased by 34.8% to USD 48.2 million, according to statistics released by Scotch Whisky Association.



CHINESE BOUGHT UP TO 10 PERCENT BAROSSA VINEYARDS, EYEING OTHER REGIONS

NEWS 31-10-2018

Australian broadcaster ABC News reported that Chinese investors had bought up to 10 per cent of the vineyards in South Australia's Barossa Valley, their interests are now extending to other regions.



BORDEAUX TO HELP HONG KONG TRAIN MORE WINE PROFESSIONALS

NEWS 29-10-2018

Hong Kong has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bordeaux to strengthen cooperation on wine education and professional training with a view to raise the standard and number of wine professionals to meet industry demand.



BONHAMS HONG KONG AUCTION TO INCLUDE A LOCALLY MATURED FINE WINE COLLECTION

NEWS 26-10-2018

Described as a "Made in Hong Kong" collection owned by an esteemed Hong Kong collector and aged locally for at least 15 years, these 500 lots of fine wines will be available for bidding in Bonhams Hong Kong auction on 16 November.



FAST GROWTHS IN CHINA AND ASIA DRIVE AUSTRALIAN WINE EXPORTS TO NEW HIGHS

NEWS 24-10-2018

In the twelve months to 30 September this year, export to China increased by 24%, to Singapore by 30%, and to Japan by 16%. These markets are the main contributors to an 11% rise in export value to AUD 2.71 billion.



ITALY'S CAMPARI HAS OPENED AN ONLINE FLAGSHIP STORE ON ALIBABA'S TMALL

NEWS 22-10-2018

Italy's liqueur and spirit producer the Campari Group has opened an online flagship store on Alibaba's e-commerce platform Tmall, seeking to tap the growing cocktail and spirits market in China.



CHIANTI HAS REGISTERED AN OFFICIAL CHINESE NAME

NEWS 19-10-2018

Italy's Chianti wine region has successfully registered its name in Chinese with China's Trade Mark Office. The official Chinese name of the Tuscan wine is now "施安蒂", pronounced as Shi-an-di which has very similar phonetics to its original name.



HOSPICES DE BEAUNE HOSTED PROMOTION EVENT IN BEIJING

NEWS 17-10-2018

The annual Hospices de Beaune charity auction will take place on 18 November in Beaune Burgundy. Hospices officials and the auctioneer, Christie's auction house, recently hosted a tasting event in Beijing as part of their Asia promotion tour.



JAPAN'S SAPPORO BEER RETURNS TO CHINA AFTER NINE YEARS OF ABSENCE

NEWS 12-10-2018

Japan's Sapporo Breweries is returning to China next month after a nine-year absence. The company will target China's premium beer market and will be distributed by the global beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.



KIRIN'S CHATEAU MERCIAN LAUNCHED A DRY RED FOR HEALTH CONSCIOUS JAPANESE CONSUMERS

NEWS 10-10-2018

The new product, called Bon Rouge Premium, is possibly the most expensive wine in PET bottles. Launched in limited quantity in August, the wine comes with three times more anti-oxidant resveratrol and a low alcohol level of 11%.



SINGAPORE IS CROWNED DRINKS CAPITAL OF ASIA

NEWS 8-10-2018

Singapore is the best Asian city to enjoy a drink in the bar, according to the World's 50 Best Bars Awards 2018 announced last week in London. The city state has five bars on the list, Tokyo has two while Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei each has one.



臨海陡峭梯田 「五漁村」釀出鹹味葡萄酒

Focus 5-10-2018

五漁村 (Cinque Terre) 是意大利一個旅遊熱點,是位於熱那亞市(Genoa) 與拉斯佩齊亞市(La Spezia)之間的五條海岸村莊,村內很多房屋都建於陡峭的懸崖上,村民又以石塊堆起圍牆,以鞏固連綿的梯田,據說圍牆的長度加起來與萬里長城相約。這些臨海梯田出產一款帶鹹味的干白葡萄酒,很能反映葡萄園的獨特地理位置。



PACKED WITH IMMERSIVENESS AND RARITIES: HENNESSY'S HONG KONG AIRPORT FLAGSHIP STORE

NEWS 3-10-2018

French Cognac producer Hennessy has opened its first airport flagship store at Hong Kong International Airport featuring unique interactive experiences and limited edition Hennessy rarities.



THIS TIBETAN TOWNSHIP SURPASSED SALTA OF ARGENTINA TO BECOME WORLD’S HIGHEST VINE AREA

NEWS 1-10-2018

The Caina Township of Lhasa City in the Tibet Autonomous Region is believed to be the highest vine growing area in the world. Vineyards here are planted on an average altitude of 3,563.31 meters, beating the record set by Salta of Argentina by some 450 meters.