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JAPAN TO END WINE AND DINE TAX BREAKS TO BIG COMPANIES

NEWS 20-11-2019

The Japanese government is planning to end a special tax break on wining and dining expenses enjoyed by large companies when fiscal 2020 begins on 1st April, according to Jiji Press.



伯恩濟貧院拍賣會: 2019勃艮第價格較去年升三成

FOCUS 19-11-2019

每年伯恩濟貧院慈善拍賣會的競投價格,被視為該年份勃艮第的價格指標,今年拍賣會在上星期日舉行,平均每桶酒的賣出價是21,823歐元,較去年高出29.5%,當中干紅的升幅是32.6%,而干白則升27.1%。



FRANCE’S PERNOD RICARD AND CHINA’S WULIANGYE TO BECOME PARTNERS IN ASIA

NEWS 18-11-2019

French wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard has forged a strategic partnership with China’s leading baijiu producer Wuliangye to capitalise on shared resources to expand to Asian markets.



SOUTH KOREANS OPT FOR LOW-PRICED WINES AS ECONOMY SLOWS

NEWS 13-11-2019

More South Korean consumers are buying low-priced wine that costs less than 10,000 won per bottle in the face of a protracted economic slowdown, according to Korea Bizwire.



CHINA’S WINE PRODUCTION DROPPED 10.4% IN 1ST THREE QTRS

NEWS 11-11-2019

According to latest data released by China’s National Statistics Bureau, wine production in the first three quarters of this year has dropped 10.4% year-on-year.



CHARM OFFENSIVE: PRESIDENT MACRON GIFTED XI A BOTTLE OF 1978 ROMANÉE-CONTI

NEWS 6-11-2019

The visiting French President Emmanuel Macron has presented a bottle of 1978 vintage Romanée-Conti as special gift to Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the French government.



PRESIDENT MACRON PROMOTES FRENCH WINES AND BEEF IN SHANGHAI

NEWS 5-11-2019

French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off his state visit to China by acting as an ambassador for French wine, cheese and beef at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.



ALIBABA’S TMALL PREPARED 3MILLION BOTTLES FOR 11.11 E-SHOPPING FESTIVAL

NEWS 4-11-2019

One week to go before next Monday’s 11.11 e-shopping festival, Alibaba's Tmall is preparing 3 million bottles of wine for consumers, tripling last year's stock.



JAPANESE BEER EXPORTS TO S. KOREA PLUNGED 99.9% AMID TRADE DISPUTES

NEWS 1-11-2019

Beer exports from Japan to South Korea plunged 99.9 percent year-on-year in September, the trade is now worth a mere 588,000 yen (USD5,300) represents a near total wipe-out.



AUSSIE WINE EXPORTS TO GREATER CHINA HIT NEW VALUE RECORD

NEWS 30-10-2019

Australian wine exports to Greater China reached a record value of AUD1.25billion in the 12 months to September 2019, an increase of 18 percent compared to same period last year.



史上最貴威士忌: MACALLAN CASK #263傳奇

FOCUS 29-10-2019

近日一瓶 Macallan 60年威士忌,在倫敦拍賣會上,成為史上最貴的單瓶威士忌。這瓶佳釀來自 Macallan 263號陳年木桶,入樽時只裝了40瓶,是珍品威士忌中的Holy Grail,多次打破拍賣紀錄。



CHINA CUSTOMS: WINE IMPORTS DECLINED 16.4% IN 1ST 9 MONTHS

NEWS 28-10-2019

China’s wine imports continue to decline, latest figures released by China Customs showed a slump of 16.4% by volume and 16.8% by value in the first three quarters of 2019.



ABINBEV PROFITS HALTED BY SLOWDOWNS IN CHINA AND USA

NEWS 25-10-2019

Budweiser owner Anheuser-Busch InBev said in its third quarter statement released today that its core profit was unchanged year-on-year, missing expectations for a 3% rise.



HONG KONG: LIQUID COCAINE DISGUISED AS WINE AND LIQUOR ON THE RISE

NEWS 24-10-2019

Hong Kong authorities have seized 36 liters of liquid cocaine disguised as wines and liquors in three operations in the past three months, all three cases involved traffickers from Malaysia.



INAUGURAL VINEXPO SHANGHAI OPENS TODAY

NEWS 23-10-2019

The inaugural Vinexpo Shanghai opens today providing international producers and Chinese buyers a platform to finalize Chinese New Year orders.



BORDEAUX BLEND AND PINOT NOIR MOST SEARCHED VARIETIES IN ASIA

NEWS 22-10-2019

Bordeaux blend and Pinot Noir are the most searched grape varieties in Asia, according to a report from popular wine search website wine-searcher.com.



2017波爾多期酒即將交付 價格跌多升少

FOCUS 21-10-2019

2017年波爾多期酒即將正式交付,根據Liv Ex交易平台的最新報告,該年份的波爾多表現不太理想,只有七個酒莊價格有所上升,買入了該年份期酒的愛好者很可能會損手。



KOREAN HEART STUDY: ONE GLASS A DAY WORSE THAN OCCASIONAL BINGE DRINKING

NEWS 18-10-2019

One glass of wine a day can increase the chance of irregular heartbeat that can raise the risk of stroke, according to a study of 9.8 million people's drinking habits in South Korea.



CHINA’S NINGXIA TO GREET WORLD SOMMELIERS NEXT SEPTEMBER

NEWS 17-10-2019

The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale will host its 2020 General Assembly in Ningxia’s Yinchuan city bringing over 500 sommeliers and wine professionals from 63 countries.



FILIPINO BREWER SAN MIGUEL LAUNCHED OWN WINE BRAND

NEWS 10-10-2019

Filipino brewing giant San Miguel has entered the wine market. The company recently launched the Woomera brand with red, white and rosé wines. It will release more labels closer to Christmas.



U.S. PRODUCERS WELCOMED JAPAN TRADE DEAL, DENOUNCED TARIFFS ON EU WINES

NEWS 9-10-2019

The Wine Institute, California wine producers' trade body, welcomed the US-Japan trade deal while denounced President Trump’s decision to slap retaliatory tariffs on EU wines.



TAIWAN IS NOW CONSIDERED A GLOBAL WHISKY POWERHOUSE

NEWS 7-10-2019

Taiwan is now considered a global powerhouse of whisky production given the prestigious awards it has won in recent years, according to the Asia Times.



WINE AND DINE FESTIVAL CANCELLED TARNISHING HK’S GOURMET CAPITAL STATUS

NEWS 4-10-2019

The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced the cancellation of this year’s Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, citing safety concerns due to the on-going anti-government protests.



INDIAN STATE ANDHRA PRADESH MOVES CLOSER TO TOTAL PROHIBITION

NEWS 3-10-2019

As part of their campaign promise, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has introduced measures on 1st October including taking control of wine shops and hiking liquor prices.



樂趣無窮 法國容許遊客親手採摘葡萄

FOCUS 2-10-2019

一向以來,到法國探訪酒莊只可以參觀及品嚐,並不可以到葡萄園內親手採摘,但由今年開始,遊客可體驗每年一度的盛況,親身參與採摘而不會被懷疑是非法勞工。



1ST OCTOBER SAKE DAY CELEBRATED WORLDWIDE

NEWS 1-10-2019

Today is China’s national day, but to lovers of Sake, it’s also World Sake Day to mark the first day of a new season of Sake production.



SINGAPORE ARRESTED THREE CHINESE NATIONALS FOR MAKING & DEALING BOOTLEG LIQUOR

NEWS 23-9-2019

Singapore Customs raided an illegal distillery in a public housing block and arrested three Chinese nationals for manufacturing, possessing and dealing duty-unpaid liquor.



LAFITE OPENED CELLAR DOORS OF ITS CHINA ESTATE LONG DAI

NEWS 20-9-2019

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR) Lafite officially opened the cellar doors of its China winery, Domaine de Long Dai, yesterday while releasing its inaugural 2017 vintage.



THAI MAN ALLEGEDLY DIED AFTER PAIRING DURIAN WITH WHITE WINE

NEWS 19-9-2019

A 48-year-old Thai man was reported to have died in Pattaya after eating durian and drinking white wine at the same time, according to the Malay Mail.



JAPAN TO SHOWCASE ITS FOOD, DRINKS AND CULTURE IN LONDON NEXT WEEK

NEWS 18-9-2019

Japan is to showcase its sake, wine, spirits, beer and manga in the inaugural Japan Week event to take place in London from 23 September to 3 October.



CHINESE BAIJIU: FIRST TASTE OF RETIREMENT FOR ALIBABA’S JACK MA

NEWS 17-9-2019

It is not Bordeaux wine that marked Jack Ma's retirement, it is Chinese baijiu. Four days into his retirement, he was spotted tasting baijiu flavoured ice cream in a video that went viral.



JAPAN SET TO REMOVE U.S. WINE TARIFF OVER 5 TO 7 YEARS

NEWS 16-9-2019

Japan will eliminate its 15% tariff on US wine imports over 5 to 7 years under a bilateral trade deal expected to be signed later this month, according to Nikkei Asian Review.



AB INBEV REVIVED HK IPO PLAN WITH A MORE CHINA ORIENTED BUSINESS

NEWS 13-9-2019

The owner of Budweiser brand has revived its Hong Kong IPO plan two months after shelving an earlier attempt, the revived plan is “more of a China story” after the removal of an Australian subsidiary.



賞月佳品Kalimotxo 紅酒加可樂變身潮飲

FOCUS 12-9-2019

不要以為在紅酒內加入可口可樂,是由中國大陸的土豪發明,原來這飲品源於西班牙巴斯克地區,還有一個潮名叫Kalimotxo。這飲品近月在歐美大為流行,中秋賞月時不妨調製一杯趕下潮流。



FRENCH EXPORT TO ASIA UP 3% IN 1ST HALF, THANKS TO JAPAN AND S. KOREA

NEWS 10-9-2019

Export of French wine and spirits to Asia up 3% reaching €1.6 billion in the first half of 2019. Japan and South Korea saw double digit growth while China, Hong Kong and Singapore declined by 0.6%.



JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ACTIVELY PROMOTING SAKE IN INDIA

NEWS 6-9-2019

Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, recently hosted a Sake promotion event in the embassy, featuring Sakes from 9 breweries and Japan's "Miss Sake 2019" Sae Haruta.



REPORT: CHINA HAS 33M REGULAR WINE DRINKERS, ATTITUDES MORE MATURED

NEWS 5-9-2019

According to the China Portraits 2019 report released by Wine Intelligence, China has some 33 million regular drinkers whose attitudes are similar to consumers in other developed markets.



IRISH WHISKY HAS SECURED G.I. STATUS IN INDIA

NEWS 4-9-2019

The Irish Whiskey Association has secured geographic indication (GI) status for Irish whiskies in India, this means only whiskies made in Ireland can be labelled “Irish Whisky”.



PENFOLDS OWNER TWE ACQUIRED BORDEAUX WINERY TO SHIP TO ASIA

NEWS 2-9-2019

Australia's Treasury Wine Estates has acquired Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois property Chateau Cambon la Pelouse, the wines will be shipped to markets in Asia.



PERNOD RICARD TO OPEN WHISKY DISTILLERY IN CHINA'S BUDDHISM SACRED PLACE

NEWS 30-8-2019

Being the first of its kind in China, the malt whisky distillery will open in 2021 in Emeishan in Sichuan Province, a sacred place for Buddhism and a popular tourist destination.



INDIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE MADE WINE FROM OLIVE LEAVES

NEWS 29-8-2019

A team of olive researchers in the Indian state of Rajasthan has brewed the world’s first olive wine from olive leaves. The product will be commercially available once patented.



SOUTH KOREAN OPERATORS BID TO SELL LIQUOR AND TOBACCO AT CHANGI AS DFS EXITS

NEWS 28-8-2019

South Korea's two leading duty free operators have bid for the right to operate tobacco and liquor duty free shops at Singapore's Changi Airport, the Yonhap news agency reported.



2016年大失收 Montrachet七莊聯釀 發布即搶購一空

FOCUS 27-8-2019

勃艮第Montrachet產區七莊聯合釀酒,是史上首次,只釀製了683瓶,當中有近100瓶由參與的酒莊保留,另外有16瓶會出售給慈善機構,即只有約567瓶可供購買,難怪在內部認購時就被搶購一空。



4TH TARIFF HIT: U.S. WINES TO FACE 118% TAX IN CHINA FROM 15 DECEMBER

NEWS 26-8-2019

American wine producers will be hit for the 4th time with yet another 10% punitive tariff from 15 December, total tax bill to export to China will exceed 118%.



AUSTRALIA’S ACCOLADE SOLD CLARE VALLEY WINERY TO CHINESE COMPANY

NEWS 23-8-2019

Accolade Wines has confirmed sales of Knappstein Wines in Clare Valley to Chinese company Yinmore Wines which is linked to state-owned food and beverage giant Bright Foods.



JAPAN’S ANA WILL OFFER JAPANESE RED WINE TO FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS

NEWS 22-8-2019

Japan’s leading airline All Nippon Airways will offer a Japanese red wine for the first time to first class passengers on North American and Honolulu routes from September to November.



HONG KONG IMPORTED 39% MORE COGNAC WHILE CHINA BOUGHT 5.3% LESS

NEWS 21-8-2019

Hong Kong imported 39% more Cognac in the past year reaching 4.3million bottles while China imported 5.3% less at 24.8m bottles, according to data released by Cognac trade body.



HK’S RICHEST MAN BUYS UK’S LEADING PUB CHAIN GREENE KING AT 51% PREMIUM

NEWS 20-8-2019

CK Asset Holdings, the flagship company of Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing, announced that it will buy Greene King for £2.7 billion at a price of £0.85 per share.



PENFOLDS OWNER TWE POSTED RECORD PROFIT DUE TO ROBUST DEMAND IN ASIA

NEWS 19-8-2019

Australia's Treasury Wine Estates posted record profit of AUD419.5m. Asia is biggest contributor with pre-tax profit increased by a staggering 49% largely due to strong Chinese demand.



「電子舌頭」技術快速成長 品酒專家仍有市場嗎?

FOCUS 15-8-2019

近日,盛產威士忌的蘇格蘭的研究人員,開發出一項適用於測試烈酒及葡萄酒的電子舌頭技術。較早前西班牙及澳洲也有科研人員成功研製人工舌頭,技術水平也很先進,品酒專家仍有市場嗎?



RABOBANK: AUSTRALIA “CLEAR WINNER” IN CHINESE WINE MARKET AMID TRADE WAR

NEWS 14-8-2019

The on-going USA-China trade war has created a gap in the Chinese wine market benefiting Australian producers, according to a report released by Netherlands-based Rabobank.



LONDON’S 67 PALL MALL WILL OPEN CLUBHOUSE IN SINGAPORE NEXT YEAR

NEWS 13-8-2019

London’s 67 Pall Mall, a private members’ club specialising in wines, will open its first overseas outpost in Singapore in Autumn next year.



ISLAY’S BOWMORE RELEASED 36-YO DRAGON EDITION EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHINA

NEWS 12-8-2019

Only 888 bottles are available with a price tag of USD2,000 per piece, this edition is the first of the ‘Four Guardians’ series featuring 4 Chinese mythical creatures.



REPORT: CHINESE MARKET LOSING APPEAL, S. KOREA AND INDIA GAINED ATTRACTIVENESS

NEWS 9-8-2019

China falls to 6th place on market attractiveness, while South Korea enters top 10 and India among top 40 for the first time, according to report released by Wine Intelligence.



PENFOLDS APPLIES BLOCKCHAIN TAGS TO FIGHT COUNTERFEITERS IN CHINA

NEWS 8-8-2019

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates has applied blockchain technology to their flagship Penfolds Bin 407 label in the Chinese market to help consumers trace the origin of the bottles.



SINGAPORE CONSUMERS CAN SHOP FOR AIRPORT WINES AT HOME

NEWS 7-8-2019

A website called iShopChangiWines.com launched by DFS and Changi Airport allows Singapore consumers to purchase 140 labels at airport prices without the hassle of travelling abroad.



發布價全球最高 Liber Pater 2015標榜復古

FOCUS 5-8-2019

法國波爾多釀酒師 Loïc Pasquet剛發布了名下Liber Pater 品牌2015年份的干紅,要價每瓶高達30,000歐元,成為全球最昂貴的新上市葡萄酒。這款酒標榜恢復波爾多的原本風味,採用本土古老品種,產量只有550瓶,當中只有240瓶可供購買。



BUDWEISER AND SISTER BRANDS BANNED BY DELHI FOR ALLEGED TAX EVASION

NEWS 3-8-2019

India’s Delhi state government has banned the world's biggest brewer Anheuser-Bush InBev from selling its products for three years for allegedly evading excise duty.



US-CHINA STUDY: RED WINE CAN INHIBIT DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

NEWS 31-7-2019

American and Chinese researchers have proved that resveratrol, a compound commonly found in red wines, is effective in eliminating depression and anxiety.



APTLY NAMED “DURIAN WHISKY” CAUSED CONTROVERSY IN SINGAPORE

NEWS 30-7-2019

A new product called Durian Whisky has caused a lot of controversy in Singapore. The product is obviously not whisky, but the apt name managed to catch a lot of attention.



CHINESE ACTRESS ZHAO WEI ACQUIRED HER FOURTH BORDEAUX CHATEAU

NEWS 29-7-2019

Already owner of three chateaux in Bordeaux, China’s leading actress Zhao Wei has acquired her fourth Bordeaux property earlier this year, according to reports in French local media.



TAIWAN SET TO HALVE TARIFF ON JAPANESE SAKE IN BID TO JOIN TPP

NEWS 25-7-2019

In a bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, Taiwan will lower its tariff on Japanese sake from the current 40% to 20% in as early as next month.



GUESS WHICH CITY HAS ASIA’S BIGGEST WINE AND SPIRITS STORE?

NEWS 24-7-2019

With close to 1,000 labels on display spanning some 25,000 sq ft of shop space, the newly opened Tonique store in the Indian city of Bangalore is possibly Asia's biggest.



INAUGURAL VINEXPO SHANGHAI 87% SUBSCRIBED SO FAR

NEWS 22-7-2019

Despite that China’s wine imports are in decline, the inaugural Vinexpo Shanghai is shaping up well with occupancy rate reaching 87% so far.



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 hectolitres, 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%.