The HKTDC Hong Kong International Wines & Spirits Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held from November 3 to 5, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The 15th edition of the Fair will assemble more than 500 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions to showcase fine beverages from around the globe as well as wine-related products and services.
The first two days will be open to industry professionals and buyers while the last day, will also open to public visitors with tickets, offering wine lovers an exceptional opportunity to enrich their knowledge and sample a broad selection of wines from around the world.
Wine Industry Shows Potential To Grow Between 2023 and 2027
The global wine industry revenue would amount to US$333 billion this year, with sales growth projected at 5.52% annually between 2023 and 2027, according to Statista. It also predicted mainland wine-sector revenue to reach US$27.2 billion this year and grow 3.93% annually between 2023 and 2027. An HKTDC market research survey conducted in 2020 showed mainland consumers were growing increasingly knowledgeable about wine.
Given its status as a duty‑free port, wine merchants and investors regard Hong Kong as the most cost‑effective and convenient distribution hub to store investment-grade wines for delivery to markets on demand. Mainland China and Macao, which accounted for about 69% of wine exports last year, were the major destinations. In value terms, Hong Kong wine exports increased 45.1% last year.
Showcase For Quality Global Wines
The 15th Wine & Spirits Fair will feature a diverse range of fine beverages, including old-world and new-world wines, wines and liquor from Mainland China and Japan, as well as whiskies and beers. The fair will feature 11 group pavilions showcasing products from Australia, France, Germany and Italy, Japan, Mainland China, as well as the Hong Kong General Chamber of Wine & Spirits.
In addition to beverages, the Wine & Spirits Fair features zones that promote the industry’s all-round development, including Wine Education as well as Wine Accessories, Equipment and Services. Snacks and nibbles to accompany wines will be showcased in the Friends of Wine zone.
Wine & Spirits Fair events include wine-tasting sessions where buyers and visitors can try fine wines from around the world. Various seminars and tasting sessions will explore wine trends in different regions and markets, and introduce wines, sakes, whiskies, beers and more, offering participants a chance to savour unique flavours.
Prize-giving ceremonies for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition 2023 and WineLuxe’s Top 10 Food & Wine Pairing Restaurant Award will be held on the first and second day respectively. The Hong Kong Bartenders Association will also host the Hong Kong International Mixology Showdown 2023, themed Artistic Elixir, on the first day.
Public Day Welcomes Wine Enthusiasts
The last day of the Wine & Spirits Fair, Sunday November 5, will be the Public Day, which welcomes both industry professionals and members of the public aged 18 or above.
Multiple tasting sessions and masterclasses will be held on the Public Day, including Sip Around the World with CC session hosted by renowned wine critic Cecilia Wong, and a tasting session of Austrian wine by Master of Wine Debra Meiburg. Citizens visiting on Public Day can register for the events on the 15th Wine & Spirits Fair’s website.
About Wine & Spirit Fair’s Public Day
|Date:||November 5, 2023 (Sunday)|
|Venue:||The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre|
|Tickets:||Regular tickets are available on the official website at HK$200|
|Remarks:||Ticket details: Members of the public can buy Public Day tickets at the special price of HK$99 through HK01, HKTVMall, KKday, PopTicket, Price.com.hk and Timable.|
Ticket buyers will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass (original price: HK$110) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trade buyers can pre-register buyer badge for free now: https://bit.ly/40nQKcP
3/11 – 12:00nn-8:00pm
4/11 – 10:30am-8:00pm
5/11 – 10:30am-6:00pm
Header image credit: HKTDC