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CHINESE MEDIA: WORLD’S HIGHEST WINERY AT 3911 METERS HAS STARTED PRODUCTION

NEWS 1-7-2020

The world’s highest winery at 3911 meters in Zuogong County of Tibet Autonomous Region has started producing wines, according to Chinese media reports.



WINE AUSTRALIA CALLED OFF 2020 CHINA ROADSHOW

NEWS 29-6-2020

Wine Australia has cancelled its 2020 China roadshow amid trade tension and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic, the next event will be held in May 2021.



意大利龐貝古城 Villa dei Misteri 重現古羅馬酒風

FOCUS 25-6-2020

在意大利南部旅遊點龐貝古城內,散落著十來個實驗葡萄種植區,所栽種的都是兩千年前維蘇威火山爆發時的古老品種。負責種植的酒莊,採用這些活化古老品種,釀製出一款名為Villa dei Misteri「神秘別苑」的干紅,頗具收藏價值。



E-COMMERCE GIANTS AMAZON AND ALIBABA ENTER INDIA’S ALCOHOL DELIVERY MARKET

NEWS 22-6-2020

Global e-commerce giants Amazon and Alibaba have won approval to enter India’s alcohol delivery market, following the footsteps of local platforms Swiggy and Zomato.



ON-PREMISE DINING IS BACK BUT PUBS REMAIN SHUT AS SINGAPORE REOPENS TODAY

NEWS 19-6-2020

Singaporeans are allowed to dine in restaurants and sip coffee in cafes today as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, but bars and nightclubs remain closed.



CHARM OFFENSIVE: WINE AUSTRALIA CEO TALKED OF DEEP FRIENDSHIP WITH CHINESE CUSTOMERS

NEWS 17-6-2020

CEO of Wine Australia, Andreas Clark, said Australian wine producers have deep-rooted friendship with Chinese customers in an interview with Xinhua News Agency.



CAMBODIA LIQUOR POISONING: AT LEAST SIX DIED AND 32 HOSPITALISED

NEWS 16-6-2020

At least six local people had died and 32 others hospitalised after drinking tainted herbal rice liquor in northwestern Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province.



LOTTE DUTY FREE OFFERS 7% ONLINE DISCOUNT TO MARK START OF OPERATION IN S’PORE AIRPORT

NEWS 15-6-2020

To celebrate the start of its operations in Changi, the S Korean duty free operator is offering discounts on iShopChangi.com from 12 to 30 June.



BARS & PUBS TO MISS OUT ON THAILAND’S REOPENING NEXT MONDAY

NEWS 12-6-2020

Thailand decided today to lift curfew restrictions from next Monday, but pubs and bars will remain shut. The Thai beverage trade pleaded for reopening.



PRESIDENT XI’S NINGXIA WINERY VISIT BOOSTS MORALE OF CHINESE WINE PRODUCERS

NEWS 10-6-2020

News of Xi’s visit to a Ningxia winery yesterday was widely circulated in the Chinese wine trade, helping boost morale of the hard hit Chinese wine-making industry.



WINE-SEARCHER: ASIAN CONSUMERS REMAINED LOYAL TO TOP BORDEAUX WINES DURING PANDEMIC

NEWS 9-6-2020

Top Bordeaux wines remained the most searched wines by Asian consumers in April 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to wine-searcher.com.



ALIBABA TO HELP TAKE 2020 CHENGDU FOOD & DRINKS SHOW ONLINE IN JULY

NEWS 8-6-2020

You don’t have to travel to attend this year’s Chengdu show, it is announced today that the show will take place online from 28 to 30 July with the help from tech giant Alibaba.



RARE BRIGHT SPOT: VINIPORTUGAL’S EXPORTS GREW 4.4% IN 1ST QTR WITH S. KOREA UP 44.2%

NEWS 5-6-2020

It's not all doom and gloom, Portugal's wine exports increased 4.4% by volume in the first quarter of 2020 with exports to S. Korea up 44.2% amid COVID-19 crisis.



2019波爾多期酒折讓逾三成    有酒莊三小時閃電售清

FOCUS 3-6-2020

最先公布2019年期酒售價的波爾多酒莊,是左岸的Chateau Pontet Canet,每瓶售58歐元,較2018年份的84歐元,下調了31%。酒莊負責人表示,開賣當天不需三個小時就全部售清,不會再有第二批出售。



JAPAN’S ASAHI NOW OWNS AUSSIE RIGHTS TO AB INBEV BRANDS LIKE BUDWEISER & CORONA

NEWS 2-6-2020

The Asahi Group has acquired Australia’s Carlton & United Breweries from AB InBev for USD10.7b, the deal includes Australian rights to beer brands like Budweiser and Corona.



STUDY: SOUTH KOREAN DRINKERS CONSUME MOST SHOTS OF LIQUOR IN THE WORLD

NEWS 1-6-2020

The average person of drinking age in South Korea consumes 13.7 shots of liquor per week, more than doubled that of Russia, according a study conducted by Euromonitor.



WI SURVEY: 57% CHINESE WINE LOVERS HAD WEEKLY ONLINE DRINK PARTIES DURING LOCKDOWN

NEWS 29-5-2020

Wine Intelligence said China's wine market has emerged unscathed and that 57% wine lovers had toasted with friends online at least once a week during lockdown.



INDIA'S FOOD DELIVERY UNICORNS START DELIVERING ALCOHOL

NEWS 27-5-2020

India’s leading food delivery unicorns Zomato and Swiggy have started delivery of alcohol in the states of Jharkhand and Odisha and are planning further expansion.



A TOKYO BREWER HELPS ITS PEERS DISTIL BEERS TO REDUCE LOSS

NEWS 26-5-2020

Dubbed "Save Beer Spirits", the free service is launched by Kiuchi Brewery to help craft beer producers and retailers to weather the coronavirus storm.



CHAIRMAN OF CHANGYU WINERY CALLS ON BEIJING TO CUT TAX ON DOMESTIC WINES

NEWS 25-5-2020

Chairman of Changyu Pioneer, Zhou Hongjiang, told National People's Congress delegates the difficulties of his industry and calls on Beijing to cut taxes.



一個時代的終結?     飛行釀酒師鼻祖 Michel Rolland 宣布淡出

FOCUS 22-5-2020

法國釀酒師Michel Rolland,是釀酒界響噹噹的人物,他為全球200多個葡萄酒生產商提供釀酒技術顧問服務,是飛行釀酒師鼻祖。不過,近日他宣布將淡出自己一手創立的顧問公司,標緻著他推廣的釀酒風格或落幕。



CUSTOMS DATA: NORTH KOREA IMPORTED USD30M ALCOHOL FROM CHINA IN 2019

NEWS 20-5-2020

Against the odds of international sanctions, North Korea imported some USD30 million worth of beer, spirits and wine from China last year, according to Chinese Customs' data.



SURVEY: ABOUT 50% CHINESE CONSUMERS STILL NOT CONFIDENT TO EAT & DRINK OUT

NEWS 19-5-2020

About half of Chinese consumers haven't visited restaurants and bars after reopening citing virus risks, according to a survey conducted by hospitality consultancy CGA.



SINGAPORE HAS THE BEST BARS IN ASIA, ACCORDING TO ASIA’S BEST BARS AWARDS

NEWS 18-5-2020

Singapore is the biggest winner in the 2020 Asia’s 50 Best Bars Awards announced last week, the city has 11 bars on the list with Jigger & Pony on No 1 spot.



TRAVEL RETAILER DFS OFFERS ONLINE FLASH DEALS TO MARK END OF 35 YRS IN S’PORE AIRPORT

NEWS 15-5-2020

Global duty-free retailer DFS is offering up to 70% discounts on its online store iShopChangiWines.com to mark the end of its concession in Changi Airport.



COVID UPDATE: INDIA STARTS ALCOHOL HOME DELIVERY, AUSSIE STATES TO REOPEN EATERIES & BARS

NEWS 13-5-2020

Four Indian states have allowed home delivery of alcohol, others to follow. Five Australian states will reopen eateries and bars on Friday.



JAPAN GOV’T ISSUED TEMP LICENCES TO ON-TRADE TO SELL TAKEAWAY ALCOHOL

NEWS 12-5-2020

More than 11,400 bars and restaurants in Japan have applied for a temporary licence which allows on-trade to sell takeaway alcohol, according to Nikkei Asian Review.



SEOUL SHUTS BARS AND CLUBS DAYS AFTER REOPENING DUE TO VIRUS CLUSTER

NEWS 11-5-2020

Just days after reopening, South Korean capital Seoul’s more than 2,100 bars have to shut again due to a cluster of virus cases involving at least 86 people.



Judgement of Paris 今秋重演 五千美元可當評判

FOCUS 8-5-2020

44年前將加州葡萄酒推上優質酒殿堂的巴黎評審會,今年10月將會在加州重演,葡萄酒愛好者有機會跟當年的風雲人物同桌當上品酒評判,入場券高達5000美元,不當評判也可以,列席入場券2000美元。



COVID UPDATE: HK TO REOPEN BARS, INDIA & THAILAND RESUMED ALCOHOL SALE

NEWS 6-5-2020

Normalcy started to return to Asian wine and spirits markets with on-trade and off-trade allowed to gradually reopen.



WINE-SEARCHER: THIS AFFORDABLE S. AFRICAN WINE IS MOST SEARCHED BY N. KOREANS

NEWS 5-5-2020

Wine-searcher.com's data showed that a S. African everyday wine is most searched by N. Koreans while French fine wines and Scotch whiskies also featured high.



KWEICHOW MOUTAI REPLACED COCA-COLA TO BECOME WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE DRINKS COMPANY

NEWS 4-5-2020

China’s leading baijiu brand Kweichow Moutai defied gravity with market capitalisation surged to USD226b topping Coca-Cola which is worth about USD200b.



GLOBAL & LOCAL DRINKS GIANTS URGED INDIA TO ALLOW ONLINE ALCOHOL SALE

NEWS 1-5-2020

Global and local drinks businesses in India have urged the authorities to allow online sale of alcohol and suggested launching a government portal to facilitate deliveries.



COVID UPDATE: VINEXPO HK MOVED TO 2021, THAI DRINKS TRADE LOBBIED TO END ALCOHOL BAN, AUSTRALIA BOOZE RATION LIFTED

NEWS 29-4-2020

Check out for our update on the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the wine and spirits trade in Asia Pacific.



SINGAPORE DRINKS DISTRIBUTOR TO BUY BUZZ CHAIN FROM OWNER OF STRAITS TIMES

NEWS 28-4-2020

Singapore-based wine and spirits distributor, Thai-Pore Enterprise, is to take over the Buzz convenience stores chain from Singapore Press Holdings for an undisclosed sum.



OIV WINE DATA: WORLD PRODUCTION DROPPED 11% & CHINA 10% , PRICES TO FALL ON COVID-19

NEWS 27-4-2020

World wine production dropped 11% in 2019, while China’s dropped 10%, yet prices will drop due to COVID-19, according to intergovernmental organisation OIV .



疫情令供應過剩達十億升 歐洲葡萄酒或淪為工業用酒精

FOCUS 24-4-2020

新冠疫情令全球葡萄酒需求疲弱,估計歐洲去年收成的葡萄酒,將有約十億公升無法賣出,在九月份葡萄成熟前,這些過剩產量,或可能會淪為蒸餾原料,用作生產工業酒精,以騰出儲存空間。



ACADEMIC: WORLD’S OLDEST EVIDENCE OF GRAPE WINE IS IN CHINA DATES BACK 9000 YRS

NEWS 22-4-2020

According to Sinologist Prof Peter Kupfer, a Neolithic site in Jiahu in China’s Henan province is home to world's earliest evidence of making fermented drinks from grapes.



SURVEY: 41% CHINESE CONSUMERS DRANK LESS OR NO ALCOHOL DURING VIRUS OUTBREAK

NEWS 21-4-2020

A consumer survey conducted by McKinsey showed that 41% of Chinese consumers dranks less or no alcohol during COVID-19 crisis while 29% said they had consumed more.



COVID UPDATE: INDIAN LIQUOR SHOPS STAY SHUT, TIGER BEER SUPPORTS ASIAN ON-TRADE, CHENGDU WINE SHOW DELAYED AGAIN

NEWS 20-4-2020

Check out for our latest report on the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the Asian wine and spirits trade.



HK CUSTOMS ARRESTED COUPLE FOR SELLING IMPORTED GIN AS "HONG KONG'S FIRST GIN"

NEWS 16-4-2020

A New Zealand man and his girlfriend were arrested for claiming an imported gin as “the first ever gin made in Hong Kong" and "small batch distilled rare dry gin".



TWO INDIAN STATE GOVERNMENTS REOPENED LIQUOR SHOPS TO STEM BOOTLEG & GREY MARKET

NEWS 15-4-2020

Liquor shops in India’s Assam and Meghalaya States are allowed to reopen despite the national lockdown to stem the growth of grey market and bootleg alcohol.



TWE REGISTERED PENFOLDS TRADEMARK IN CHINA AHEAD OF DEMERGER PLAN

NEWS 14-4-2020

Treasury Wine Estates, owner of the Penfolds brand which is planning to demerge the brand, announced that it has registered 奔富 as Penfolds' Chinese trademark.



藍酒、綠酒、橙酒  抗疫閉關期間不妨一試

FOCUS 13-4-2020

近幾年歐洲興起一股顏色葡萄酒浪潮,在傳統的紅、白與桃紅之外,消費者可選擇藍、橙甚至綠色的葡萄酒,這些顏色酒的釀製方法不盡相同,筆者認為在苦悶的抗疫閉關期間買來一試也是不錯的選擇。



COVID UPDATE: TOKYO RESTRICTS ON-TRADE HOURS, BANGKOK BANS ALCOHOL SALE, SINGAPORE BANS ON-PREMISE SERVICES

NEWS 10-4-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Asian cities' hospitality sector with stricter social distancing measures being introduced in Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore.



INDIAN WINERIES CRUSHED TABLE GRAPES DUE TO BAD HARVESTS AND TO HELP FARMERS

NEWS 8-4-2020

Wineries in Nashik, India’s major wine region, have started to crush table grapes to make wines due to a bad harvest and to help farmers affected by the lockdown.



TRADE DATA: CHINA’S WINE IMPORTS DROPPED 30% IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY

NEWS 7-4-2020

Latest statistics showed that China's wine and spirits imports saw double digit decline in January and February this year during the peak of COVID-19 outbreak.



PERNOD RICARD AND BEAM SUNTORY HELP INDIA AND SPAIN BOOST MEDICAL FACILITIES

NEWS 6-4-2020

French-owned drinks giant Pernod Ricard and Japanese-owned Beam Suntory have pledged donations to boost healthcare facilities in India and Spain to fight the pandemic.



COVID UPDATE: HK SHUTS BARS, THAI PROVINCE BANS ALCOHOL, AUSTRALIA RATIONS BOOZE

NEWS 3-4-2020

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt markets in Asia Pacific. Hong Kong shuts bars and pubs, a Thai province bans alcohol sale while Aussie retailers ration booze.



INDIAN MAN ARRESTED FOR FAKE GOV’T ORDER ALLOWING LIQUOR SHOPS TO OPEN AMID LOCKDOWN

NEWS 1-4-2020

Hyderabad Police arrested a man for faking a government order which stated that liquor shops could open from last Sunday despite of the national lockdown.



"SAKE BLOCKCHAIN" TO COMBAT COUNTERFEITS TO ROLL OUT IN HK AND SINGAPORE

NEWS 31-3-2020

"Sake Blockchain" will be rolled out in Hong Kong and Singapore to combat counterfeit Sake products, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review.



HAKUSHU SINGLE MALT 25YO DECLARED WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT 2020

NEWS 30-3-2020

Japanese distillery Hakushu’s Single Malt 25 YO was declared World’s Best Single Malt 2020 by Whisky Magazine.



UPDATE: PROWINE S’PORE MOVED TO 2021, CHENGDU WINE FAIR IN MAY, HK DROPPED ON-TRADE ALCOHOL BAN

NEWS 27-3-2020

ProWine Asia (Singapore) will be moved to March 2021. China’s Chengdu wine and spirits fair will take place in May 2020. Hong Kong on-trade can continue to sell alcohol.



SINGAPORE SHUTS BARS WHILE HONG KONG PLANS TO BAN ON-TRADE ALCOHOL SALE

NEWS 25-3-2020

Facing the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 spread, both Singapore and Hong Kong have tightened social distancing measures with direct impacts on hospitality sector.



WINES SELLING WELL IN WOMEN’S DAY E-COMMERCE CAMPAIGN AMID LOCKDOWN IN CHINA

NEWS 24-3-2020

E-commerce giant Alibaba’s Tmall platform sold 120,000 bottles of dry wines during International Women’s Day promotion campaign despite COVID-19 lockdown.



THIS KARUIZAWA 52YO IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE BOTTLE OF JAPANESE WHISKY AT USD435,273

NEWS 23-3-2020

A bottle of Karuizawa 52 YO 1960 was sold for £363,000 (USD435,273) in Sotheby’s London auction and became the most expensive Japanese whisky ever sold.



BULK WINE SHOW WBWE ASIA POSTPONED TO 12 & 13 JULY

NEWS 19-3-2020

Organiser of WBWE Asia, to be held in the Chinese city of Yantai, has announced that this year’s show will be postponed from May to 12 and 13 July.



分子合成美酒 符合千禧代低碳追求

FOCUS 18-3-2020

美國三藩市一間初創公司,以合成方法調製了味道近似威士忌、白葡萄酒及日本清酒的分子 (molecular) 酒精飲品,由於標榜低碳,據報獲得千禧代接受,並已經初步打開了市場。



67 PALL MALL SINGAPORE ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIPS NOW

NEWS 17-3-2020

London private member club 67 Pall Mall’s Singapore outpost, scheduled to open in Autumn, is now accepting memberships for a monthly fee of S$200 for Singapore resident.



JAPAN’S BEER SALES INCREASED IN FEBRUARY AMID SPREAD OF COVID-19

NEWS 16-3-2020

NHK reported that February sales of Kirin Brewery rose 3 percent, Sapporo increased 2 percent while Asahi’s sales value rose by 4 percent despite spread of COVID-19.



WINE FAIR TO ALLOW SINGAPORE CONSUMERS TO TASTE JAPANESE WINES

NEWS 12-3-2020

Guests can taste five carefully selected wines sourced from the Yamanashi and Yamagata Prefectures in Japan Premium Wine Fair to take place from 2 to 31 March in Singapore.



MALAYSIA AIRLINES WON TOP PRIZE FOR INFLIGHT WINE LIST

NEWS 11-3-2020

Airlines in the Asia Pacific snapped up all top prizes at the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2019, with Malaysia Airlines taking the Gold medal for Best Overall Cellar.



S.KOREA RETAILER: WINE SALES INCREASED AT THE HEIGHT OF COVID-19 OUTBREAK

NEWS 10-3-2020

Wine sales had surprisingly risen for 5.2% in South Korea’s biggest retailer, the Shinsegae Group, at the height of COVID-19 outbreak in the country.



INDIA’S SULA VINEYARDS TO EXPORT WINES TO AUSTRALIA

NEWS 9-3-2020

India’s leading wine producer Sula Vineyards has partnered with Kismet Trading as their distributor in Adelaide with plans to expand to Melbourne and Sydney.



TFWA SINGAPORE AND PROWEIN DUSSELDORF 2020 CANCELLED

NEWS 6-3-2020

Duty free and travel retail show TFWA Singapore 2020 is cancelled while ProWein Dusseldorf will only come back next March.



AUSSIE FORECASTER: COVID-19 TO CAUSE SHORT TERM IMPACT ON WINE EXPORTS TO CHINA

NEWS 4-3-2020

COVID-19 will reduce Australian wine exports to China in the short term but growth will sustain over the medium term, said Australia’s national commodity forecaster.



氣温異常和暖 德國冰酒首度零出產

FOCUS 3-3-2020

德國葡萄酒協會近日表示,由於今個冬季德國氣温異常和暖,2019年極有可能是該國首個沒有冰酒生產的年份。



VINEXPO HONG KONG 2020 RESCHEDULED TO 8-10 JULY

NEWS 2-3-2020

The French organiser of Vinexpo Hong Kong announced that this year’s show will be rescheduled from May to 8-10 July after considering exhibitors' feedback.



PROWINE ASIA TO BE HELD 13-16 JULY WHILE DUSSELDORF IS POSTPONED

NEWS 29-2-2020

The rescheduled ProWine Asia Singapore will now be held in July alongside FHA-HoReCa show while the flagship ProWein Dusseldorf is postponed pending a new date.



MORE COVID-19 WOES: GLOBAL DRINKS GIANTS CUT TRADING ESTIMATES

NEWS 27-2-2020

Global drinks giants Budweiser APAC, Diageo and Treasury Wine Estates have cut trading estimates amid abrupt sales declines in China and Asia due to COVID-19.



CHINA DATA: SPIRITS IMPORTS UP 32% BUT WINE DOWN 11% IN 2019

NEWS 25-2-2020

China’s spirits imports grew 32% in 2019, the best performing category is liqueur and cordial with growth of 155%. Wine imports, however, declined by 11%.



MAJOR HONG KONG WINE AUCTIONS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

NEWS 24-2-2020

Sotheby's announced postponing Finest and Rare Wine Hong Kong auction from April to early July after Christie's postponed theirs from March to late May.



INDIA’S DRINKS TRADE URGED GOVERNMENT TO STAND FIRM AGAINST TRUMP ON TARIFFS

NEWS 20-2-2020

Ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to India next week, Indian alcoholic beverage industry urged the government not to make concessions on import tariffs.



CHINESE RETAILER FINED RMB30K FOR VODKA KILLS CORONAVIRUS CLAIM

NEWS 19-2-2020

A Chinese supermarket claiming a 75% abv Vodka can double up as disinfectant to kill coronavirus was fined RMB30,000 (USD4826) for violating food safety laws.



MACALLAN 1926 60YO SOLD FOR £825,000, 31.25% LOWER THAN LAST ACHIEVED

NEWS 18-2-2020

The last achieved price was £1.2m 4 months ago, it is not immediately clear if the COVID-19 situation has dampened bidding interests from China and Asia.



ASIA WINE SHOWS UPDATE: SINGAPORE AND CHENGDU POSTPONED, HK STAYS PUT FOR NOW

NEWS 17-2-2020

This year's ProWine Asia Singapore show and the China Food and Drinks Chengdu show have been postponed due to COVID-19, while Vinexpo Hong Kong stays put for now.



葡萄酒開始沒落?  Hard Seltzer在美國異軍突起

FOCUS 13-2-2020

近年一款叫Hard Seltzer的酒精飲品,不但包裝奪目,更擁有低熱量低酒精等優勢,在美國年青千禧族間大受歡迎,誓有威脅葡萄酒的趨勢,連葡萄酒巨頭EJ Gallo也要加入這個市場。



FREE BOOZE: ALCOHOL FLOWS FROM TAPS IN AN INDIAN RESIDENTIAL BLOCK

NEWS 12-2-2020

Excise officials dug a pit to dump confiscated liquor mistakenly contaminated a well which supplies fresh water to a nearby residential block affecting 18 families.



USA TRADE GROUPS: TRUMP’S EU WINE TARIFFS BENEFITED CHINA

NEWS 11-2-2020

Ahead of possible 100% tariffs on EU wines, two of USA’s wine trade groups said punitive tariffs failed to benefit them but benefited China and other markets instead.



SMART AUSSIE COUPLE ENJOY DRONE DELIVERED WINE ON QUARANTINED CRUISE

NEWS 10-2-2020

A smart Australian couple being quarantined in the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan managed to get their wine club to deliver two cases of wine by drone.



AUSSIE WINE CHINA EXPORT HIT AUD1.3B, CONTINUES TO BEAT FRANCE

NEWS 7-2-2020

Australia consolidated its position as China’s top source of imported wines ahead of France in 2019, the export grew by 12 percent in value to AUD1.3 billion.



BORDEAUX’S CITÉ DU VIN PLANS TO OPEN SISTER MUSEUM IN BEIJING

NEWS 6-2-2020

Bordeaux's wine museum Cité du Vin is planning to open a sister museum in Beijing's Fangshan District next year, the project is reported to cost USD66.5 million.



EU EXPORTED 17.3% MORE WINE TO JAPAN 10 MONTHS INTO FREE TRADE DEAL

NEWS 4-2-2020

Upon anniversary of EU-Japan free trade deal, statistics showed that wine exports from EU to Japan grew 17.3% in the first 10 months of the new trade agreement.



LOTTERY TO WIN LIMITED RELEASE OF 55YO YAMAZAKI STARTS THIS WEEK

NEWS 3-2-2020

Only 100 bottles of this whisky will be released at a price of ¥3 million (USD27,600), buyers will have to enter a lottery to be held 5-14 February in Japan.



Chablis或被剔出勃艮第     Beaujolais有望取代

FOCUS 30-1-2020

法國原產地機構INAO,日前建議將43個位於勃艮第南部,現屬於Beaujolais產區的村落,劃入勃艮第範圍內,並建議將64個位於產區北部Chablis地區的村落剔出,建議遭Chablis業界極力反對。



JAPAN’S SUNTORY BUYS 10% STAKE IN MACALLAN’S OWNER EDRINGTON

NEWS 29-1-2020

Japanese drinks giant Suntory Holdings is to buy a 10% stake in Scottish whisky producer Edrington, owner of The Macallan, for an undisclosed amount.



WINE AND CHEESE AMONG PRODUCTS PROTECTED BY EU-VIETNAM FREE TRADE DEAL

NEWS 28-1-2020

A total of 169 European products such as Champagne, Rioja and Feta cheese will enjoy protection in Vietnam when the EU-Vietnam free trade deal is approved next month.



FRENCH CHINESE IN BORDEAUX WINE TRADE AMONG CONFIRMED WUHAN VIRUS CASES

NEWS 27-1-2020

A French citizen of Chinese origin, 48, in the Bordeaux wine trade was confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, French health minister Agnès Buzyn has confirmed.



CHINA’S WINE PRODUCTION DROPPED FOR THE 6TH YEAR THOUGH DECLINE ABATING

NEWS 23-1-2020

China’s latest statistics showed that wine production dropped to 5.24 million hectoliters (mhl) in 2019 from 6.29 mhl in 2018, the sixth year of decline in a row.



INDIA PROPOSED TO HALVE DUTY-FREE ALCOHOL PURCHASE TO ONE LITER

NEWS 21-1-2020

The Indian Commerce Ministry has recommended to cut duty-free alcohol purchases for inbound passengers from two liters to one liter ahead of the Federal Budget on 1st February.



IWSR: CHINA BEAT FRANCE AND ITALY TO BECOME WORLD’S TOP RED WINE CONSUMER

NEWS 20-1-2020

Though USA remains world's biggest consumer of all wine types, China has emerged to be the biggest consumer of red wine, according to International Wine and Spirit Research.



VINEXPO HONG KONG 2020 WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE SOCIAL UNREST

NEWS 17-1-2020

The French organiser of Vinexpo Hong Kong said the 2020 show will go ahead in May as scheduled despite the social unrest which has disrupted the Asian financial hub.



SURVEY: 39% OF CHINA’S RICH PEOPLE LOVE WINES COMPARED TO 25% FOR BAIJIU

NEWS 16-1-2020

Thirty-nine percent of China’s high-net-worth individuals prefer wines compared to 25% who prefer baijiu, according to Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2020.



飲食新潮流: 響應Veganuary
尋找Vegan葡萄酒

FOCUS 15-1-2020

一月份真的很熱鬧,除了有Dry January外,又有鼓勵消費者只吃Vegan食物的Veganuary。很多人以為葡萄酒是Vegan飲品,卻原來大部份的葡萄酒,釀製過程採用了蛋白及魚膠等來自動物的材料,並不符合Vegan原則。



NIKKA TO SUSPEND SHIPMENTS OF THREE JAPANESE WHISKIES WITH AGE STATEMENTS

NEWS 14-1-2020

Japan’s Nikka Whisky Distillery has announced that they will suspend shipments of three products with age statements after the end of March due to a shortage of raw whisky.



INDIA’S WINE CAPITAL NASHIK RECEIVED 55K TOURISTS OVER THE HOLIDAY

NEWS 8-1-2020

Over 55,000 tourists from across India visited the wineries in Nashik district in Maharashtra State during the last 10 days in 2019, driving hotel occupancy rate to 100%.



NZ WINES LOOK SET TO GET CHEAPER IN SINGAPORE WITH UPGRADED TRADE PACT

NEWS 6-1-2020

The upgraded free trade agreement between New Zealand and Singapore took effect on 1st January, Singaporeans can look forward to possible drop in prices of New Zealand wines.



AMERICAN WINES MORE COMPETITIVE IN JAPAN AS US-JAPAN TRADE DEAL TOOK EFFECT

NEWS 2-1-2020

US-Japan trade agreement entered into force yesterday, US wine tariff in Japan was reduced and is expected to be phased out in seven years.



RED RED RED: CHILE TWINNED RED WINES WITH CHERRIES IN PROMOTIONS ACROSS CHINA

NEWS 30-12-2019

Wines of Chile and the Chilean Cherry Committee have recently joined forces to launch a Chilean red wines and cherries joint promotion across China.



AT LEAST 11 FILIPINOS DIED AFTER DRINKING BOOTLEG COCONUT LIQUOR

NEWS 27-12-2019

At least 11 people have died and more than 300 others are treated in hospital after drinking a traditional coconut liquor in the Philippines over Christmas holiday.



法式風波: 酒業面臨寒冬 
極力抗拒 Dry January

FOCUS 23-12-2019

Dry January這個課題,近日在法國引來一場風波,法國政府的衛生部門,計劃在一月份積極推動酒戒宣傳,並得到眾多社區衛生健康組織支持,然而法國酒界極力反對有關計劃,並向法國總統馬克龍投訴。



SCOTCH WHISKY AWARDED G.I. STATUS BY CAMBODIA AFTER CHAMPAGNE

NEWS 17-12-2019

Scotch Whisky has been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) status by Cambodia, the category is the second foreign product after Champagne to have earned GI status in the country.



SIGH OF RELIEF: U.S. PRODUCERS ESCAPED 4TH PUNITIVE CHINA TARIFFS TODAY

NEWS 16-12-2019

American wine producers have escaped the 4th round of punitive tariffs at 10% on their wine exports to China today as the trade war between USA and China has been paused for now.



AUSTRALIA’S ACCOLADE IN CHINA VISIT SEEKING TO EXPAND EXPORTS

NEWS 12-12-2019

Accolade Wines and its owner American private equity firm Carlyle Group have paid a high-profile visit to China seeking to expand wine exports to the country, Chinese media reported.



BURGUNDY EXPORTS TOPPED €1BILLION, CHINA MARKET UP 40.2%

NEWS 11-12-2019

Exports of Burgundy wines topped €1 billion for the first time, China is a stellar growth market with increase of 40.2% by volume and 29.6% by value.



INDIA ON WINE MAP: FIRST INDIAN BULK WINE SHIPMENT TO THE UK

NEWS 10-12-2019

The first ever bulk wine shipment from India to the UK is the Soul Tree brand, it will arrive in the UK this month ready for the busy Christmas on-trade season.



LARGEST PRIVATE WHISKY COLLECTION TO GO PUBLIC MAY BE WORTH £8M

NEWS 9-12-2019

The largest private whisky collection ever to be offered for public sale will go under the hammer online in February and April next year and is expected to fetch £8m(USD6.15m).



冷門品種NERO D’AVOLA在大型盲品中完勝

FOCUS 5-12-2019

你聽過Nero d’Avola這個黑葡萄品種嗎?這個來自意大利西西里島的冷門品種,近日在英國一次大型的消費者盲品活動中完勝,打敗另外三個較熱門的黑品種,脫穎而出成為英國最受歡迎的紅葡萄酒。



JAPAN TO ISSUE NEW SAKE PRODUCTION LICENCES TO MEET OVERSEAS DEMANDS

NEWS 2-12-2019

The Japanese government is planning to issue new licences for Sake productions intending for export amid growing popularity of the drink overseas, the Jiji Press reported.