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Asia’s Largest Wine Fair Opens Tomorrow
Wine Tastings, Seminars Highlight Saturday’s Public Day

2 November 2011 The HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opens tomorrow, 3 November, and continues through 5 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fourth edition of the fair has attracted more than 930 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions.

Major exhibit categories this year are: Liquor & Beverage Products; Wine Services (storage, education and packaging); Wine Accessories & Equipment; Wine investment and Friends of Wine (bakery products, confectionery, seafood and pasta).

Italian Spotlight
Italy, this year’s wine fair Partner Country, features the largest group pavilion, with more than 200 exhibitors. There will be a special tasting area at the Vinitaly Pavilion dedicated to Italian wine education. The organiser, Veronafiere, is also offering a forum on Italian wine, seminars, sommelier-led tastings and wine-pairing cooking demonstrations.

A Wine Investment Zone will debut at the fair. The zone has attracted such industry leaders as America’s biggest auction house Acker Merrall & Condit; wine agent Berry Bros and Rudd, a royal wine supplier since 1903; Liv-Ex, the world’s only online wine-trading business; Octavian, the world’s largest wine cellar; and Wing Lung Bank, the first Hong Kong bank to provide wine loans.

The fair presents close to 60 special events, including the Wine Industry Conference, the Asia Top Sommelier Summit, a variety of seminars, wine-tasting sessions, master classes, cocktails, a gala dinner, and the third Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.

Public Day
The fair’s final day, 5 November, will be open to the public. Visitors can vote for “The Most Beloved Wine,” with its award presentation to take place the same day. Two “Grand Tasting of Finest Wine” sessions, one spotlighting Spain, the other Italy will also take place. Bordeaux Index , Wines from Spain and the Spanish Trade Commission (Hong Kong) will offer wine rated 90 or above by noted wine critic Robert Parker. Other events will include seminars on wine auctions and investment and Italian wine appreciation, as well as cocktail demonstrations.

A corkage-free day will again take place this year. Fairgoers need only present a business card at the Visitor Promotion Counter to receive a coupon waiving the corkage charge for one bottle of wine or spirits, 3-13 November 2011, when dining at one of Hong Kong’s more than 110 participating restaurants.

Fair Website
www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair

Public Day Admission
Tickets at HK$200 per public visitor are available at the fairground. Admission fee for the Grand Fine-Wine Tasting event is HK$500, including fair admission.

For a summary of notable products, please visit: http://202.64.102.92/hktdc/download.php?fid=_phpZrDTPr

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com 

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