Photo: Andre Castelluci / Wine Australia

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018

Asia-Pacific’s number one trade-only wine and spirits exhibition

 

 

Photo: Andre Castelluci / Wine Australia
Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 29 - 31 May 2018
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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
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Held every two years, Vinexpo Hong Kong is the most influential wine and spirits trade fair in the Asia Pacific. The three-day show brings together thousands of trade professionals from all over the world, who assemble at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to showcase their products and educate buyers.

This year, Australia will headline the 20th anniversary event as ‘Country of Honour’, with the largest-ever showcase of 140 wine brands representing over 35 regions.

With the support of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, Australia’s presence at the event will be bigger, bolder and better than ever before, featuring:

  • extensive promotion of Australian wines throughout the entire program
  • a large presence in the main exhibition hall
  • promotion of Australia’s ‘Country of Honour’ role in the lead-up to and throughout the trade show
  • special networking events
  • a dedicated education room
  • a trade business matching platform, and
  • a public relations campaign and promotional activities to set Australia apart from other exhibiting countries.

Media releases

29 Mar 2018 - Australia’s largest-ever wine showcase as ‘Country of Honour’ at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018

Visitor registrations

From 6 March to 15 April: 200 HKD (online)
From 16 April to 28 May: 400 HKD (online)
From 29 May to 31 May: 600 HKD (online or at exhibition entrance)
Register at Vinexpo Hong Kong's website.

Participating wineries

See the list of participating wineries exhibiting at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018.

Exhibitor registrations

Expressions of interest for this event opened on 1 June 2017 and closed on 31 October 2017.  The event was promoted to Australian wine businesses via the Wine Australia website, marketing newsletters, the annual Exporter Update and regional communications.

China/Asia-ready workshops

Wine businesses participating in Vinexpo Hong Kong and/or the China Roadshow are strongly encouraged to attend Wine Australia’s two-part series of free China/Asia-ready workshops in April and May.

Initiated by Wine Australia as part of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, the workshops will equip exporters with practical knowledge of the cultural differences and what to expect in real business settings (how to avoid getting ‘lost in translation’).

The webinar and workshops are a precursor to the $2 million capability development program, which will be delivered in the second half of 2018. 

For registration and program information, visit China/Asia-ready workshops. Enquiries can be referred to asia@wineaustralia.com

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Program of activities

Monday 28 May 2018

Evening
  • 5.00pm - 8.00pm: Wine Australia region and exhibitor briefing and Sunset Drinks

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Day
  • Vinexpo Day 1
Evening
  • 5.00pm - 6.30pm: Happy Hour at the Wine Australia Wine Bar.
  • 7.00pm - Late: Australia After Hours at the exclusive and iconic Hong Kong landmark 'The Pawn', Wan Chai.

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Day
  • Vinexpo Day 2 - ‘Grenache Day’
Evening
  • 5.00pm - 6.30pm: Happy Hour at the Wine Australia Wine Bar along with food and entertainment.
  • 6.30pm - 9.00pm: ‘The Blend’ - The official networking event of Vinexpo Hong Kong, open to all delegates to enjoy wine, food and entertainment. As Country of Honour, the event is Australia branded with only Australian wine served.
  • 7.00pm - Late: Australia After Hours at the exclusive and iconic Hong Kong landmark 'The Pawn', Wan Chai.

Thursday 31 May 2018

Day
  • Vinexpo Day 3 (final day)
Evening
  • 5.00pm - 6.30pm: Happy Hour at the Wine Australia Wine Bar.
  • 7.00pm - Late: Australia After Hours at the exclusive and iconic Hong Kong landmark 'The Pawn', Wan Chai.

Friday 1 June 2018

  • 11.00am-3.00pm: Exhibitor Closing Beachside Brunch hosted by Wine Australia at Hong Kong's finest rooftop bar in Repulse Bay, as a thank you to all our exhibitors.

Monday 4–12 June 2018

Wine Australia China Roadshow 2018 commences.

Wine Australia master classes

Academy Room - Tuesday 29 May
10:00am to 11.30am Oceans, Altitude and Attitude: Contemporary Australian Pinot Noir
Oceans, Altitude and Attitude: Contemporary Australian Pinot Noir
When
Tuesday, 10:00am to 11.30am
Presented by
Phil Reedman, MW & Mark Davidson, Education Manager US, Wine Australia

The challenges of growing and vinifying high-quality Pinot Noir are well documented. Site and climate play a crucial role in shaping character, but these are just two of the numerous variables at play.

It appears certain that the very best Pinot Noir wines are influenced by the cooling effect of either elevation or ocean breezes, but this alone is no guarantee of quality - fanatical attention to detail in the vineyard and winery are required. Phil Reedman, MW and Wine Australia’s Education Manager Mark Davidson have selected a stellar line-up of wines for this landmark tasting. A range of wines which showcase the character and quality of the most exciting regions and the finest producers of Australian Pinot Noir.

1:00pm to 2:30pm Langton’s Classification
Langton’s Classification
When
Tuesday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Presented by
Andrew Caillard MW

Australia’s 19th century colonial vine stock heritage is one of the most fascinating stories in the world of wine. Before the spread of phylloxera into Europe during the 1850s, the early settlers collected grape vines in the form or seeds and cuttings from English wall gardens and nurserymen, and from travels into Spain, France and Italy. Many early importations came from Madiera, Rio de Janiero and the Cape of Good Hope. The genetic vine stock originally brought in by Alexander Riley, James Busby and Didier Joubert during the 1830s were distributed across the Australian colonies from nurseries, including Thomas Shepherd at Darlington and William Macarthur at Camden. Rootlings or cuttings were also exchanged between vigneron as plantings became more widespread.

Through the prism of Langton’s Classification of Australian wine, Andrew Caillard, MW will discuss the rich history of Australia’s classic grape varieties, the transmission of colonial vine stock material and the development of a truly brilliant Australian wine aesthetic. Through generations of effort, hardships, visions and luck, Australia’s fine wine scene offers a unique, evocative and unparalleled experience. The tasting comprises many of Australia’s great wines of the 21st century, and illustrates the enduring quality and identity of the country’s wine regions and distinctive house styles.  

4.00pm to 5:30pm Unique Australian Terroirs discussion panel
Unique Australian Terroirs discussion panel
When
Tuesday, 4.00pm to 5:30pm
Presented by
Fongyee Walker MW, Dr. Brian Croser AO, Winemaker, Phil Reedman MW, Andrew Caillard MW

Australia’s pioneer vignerons of the 19th century were intent on selecting distinguished sites for vineyards and matching variety to environment well before the word terroir entered the fine wine lexicon. These days, the concept of terroir is a much-debated topic.

This special tasting revisits some of those 19th century sites as well as exploring distinguished site vineyards in Australian wine regions established and re-established since 1960, demonstrating and explaining why they are distinguished sites for their chosen variety. Winemaker Brian Croser, will lead this discussion joined by Phil Reedman, MW, Andrew Caillard, MW and Fongyee Walker, MW. Each panellist has selected two wines to showcase the diversity, character and quality of site specific Australian wines.

Academy Room - Wednesday 30 May
10:00am to 11.30am Evolution of Australian Grenache
Evolution of Australian Grenache
When
Wednesday, 10:00am to 11.30am
Presented by
Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC and Fongyee Walker MW

Australia is home to the oldest Grenache vines on the planet, but Grenache has historically taken a back seat to other varieties.  This master class will look at the history and evolving reputation of varietal Grenache in Australia.

Grenache forms the backbone of classic red blends, partnering beautifully with Shiraz and Mourvedre and is one of the main varieties used for classic fortified wines and of course a standalone variety for delicious Rose wines. Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC form Hong Kong and Fongyee Walker, MW will lead the conversation in this master class and concentrate on classic Grenache wine growing regions in Australia, including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. They will also discuss why Grenache is a variety that most faithfully expresses terroir and captures the unique combination of country, climate and culture in a glass, as well as what’s trending right now.

10am to 11.30am Australian First Families of Wine Present Unlocked
Australian First Families of Wine Present Unlocked
When
Wednesday, 10am to 11.30am
Presented by
Caroline Brown (Brown Brothers); Susie Campbell (Campbells); Chester Osborn (d’Arenberg); Darren DeBortoli (DeBortoli); Stephen Henschke (Henschke); Richard Burch (Howard Park); Sam Barry (Jim Barry Wines); Jeff McWilliam (McWilliam’s); Hayley Purbrick (Tahbilk); Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell’s Wines, AFFW Chair); Justin Taylor (Wakefield Taylors Wines) and Robert Hill Smith (Yalumba).

Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) will be unlocking their cellars to share their aged family jewels in this master class, which is being presented for the first time outside of Australia. Presented by a panel featuring the families themselves, from a mix of generations, each will present their specially chosen wine from their own cellars, giving guests an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most recognised names to experience their most respected and revered wines. Hear the stories of success behind these iconic wines that have created the benchmark for Australian quality.

This inaugural UNLOCKED international tasting event will leave delegates excited by the quality, depth and breadth of premium Australian wine. Gain an in-depth understanding of the role AFFW plays and how they bring together the oldest Australian family owned, multi-generational wineries, who between them, have over 1380 years of winemaking experience. Together they share history, passion and provenance as custodians of some of the most iconic vineyards in the world.

1:00pm to 2:30pm Grenache and Pork Bun lunch tasting
Grenache and Pork Bun lunch tasting
When
Wednesday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Presented by
Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC and Yang Lu, MS

Corinne Mui, AWSEC Senior Educator from Hong Kong and Yang Lu, the world’s first and only Chinese Master Sommelier will present a fun and adventurous Grenache and Pork Bun lunch tasting not to be missed by foodies and Grenache lovers.

The aim of this master class is to demonstrate the gastronomic profile and flexibility of Australian Grenache hosted by two well-known Hong Kong based wine professionals. Discover Australian Grenache and Grenache blends that have a real brightness, purity of fruit and finesse from minimal intervention winemaking, which can be perfectly matched with Asian style cuisine such as Pork Buns.

4.00pm to 5:30pm Grenache: Blends
Grenache: Blends
When
Wednesday, 4.00pm to 5:30pm
Presented by
Jeremy Oliver - Australian Wine Writer, Presenter & Educator

Australia has been making blends of the southern Rhône varieties of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre for generations. Over the decades, growers and makers evolved a sumptuous and profoundly ripened expression of this blend, typically from Australia’s warmer regions and more specifically from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Yet grenache remains something of an enigma in Australian wine.

Led by David Powell who was inspired by the more complex and savoury red wines of the Rhône, several Barossa makers took the Australian variant of this blend down an entirely new direction around twenty years ago. Seeking gentler textures, more perfume and reductive, charcuterie-like complexity, these makers began to craft the wines that today are still considered at the cutting edge of Australia’s ‘GSM’ blends.  Today this blend has even ventured into several cooler regions.

In a tasting that explores the role of Grenache with other red varieties and illustrates the evolution of its blending in Australia with Shiraz and Mourvèdre, Jeremy Oliver introduces a combination of cutting edge and classic Australian wines, each with a point of difference and a story to tell.

Academy Room - Thursday 31 May
10:00am to 11.30am Shiraz Terroir Research Project
Shiraz Terroir Research Project
When
Thursday, 10:00am to 11.30am
Presented by
Wes Pearson, AWRI, and Dr. John Blackman, Wine Science Lecturer, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences Charles Sturt University.

The Shiraz Terroir Research Project is collaboration between Australia’s National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC), Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), funded by Wine Australia.

The project aims to define the sensory properties of Shiraz / Syrah wines from different regions across Australia. Having already been held in Melbourne and New York, this benchmarking blind tasting looks for correlations between the sensory properties of a relatively large and diverse set of Australian Shiraz wines, their chemical profiles and the climatic regions from which the grapes are sourced.

The tasting will enable sommeliers and other wine trade to characterise a selection of Australian Shiraz using a novel rapid comparative evaluation method called Pivot©Profile.

1:00pm to 2:30pm Old Vines, Young Vines, New Wines
Old Vines, Young Vines, New Wines
When
Thursday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Presented by
Corrina Wright, Winemaker Oliver’s Taranga and Christie Schulz, owner Turkey Flat

Australia is home to the some of the oldest vines in the world, which form the backbone of many iconic wines. New varieties and clones are being planted in many regions and are creating an exciting tapestry of flavours, textures and styles.

This Old Vines, Young Vines, New Wines master class, presented by winemaker’s Corinna Wright from Oliver’s Taranga and Christie Schultz from Turkey Flat will compare old and young vines. Both winemakers will share their personal stories and experiences identifying climatic and clonal selections, understanding vine age and the impact this has on viticultural and winemaking. This master class will be moderated by Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator from AWSEC Hong Kong.

4.00pm to 5:30pm Liquid Gold – Australia’s Classic Fortified Wines
Liquid Gold – Australia’s Classic Fortified Wines
When
Thursday, 4.00pm to 5:30pm
Presented by
Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC Hong Kong

Australia has a rich and long legacy of fortified wine production dating back to the establishment of the original settlements. The unique fortified wine styles were the backbone of the Australian wine sector, which are still celebrated today. Australia produces the world’s finest Muscat, Topaque, Vintage and Tawny fortified wines, while some draw comparisons, Rutherglen Muscat and Topaque are unique and have no equal.

Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator from AWSEC Hong Kong, will lead an informative discussion on the history and development of some of Australia’s most iconic and historic wines. This tasting will feature fortified wines from Australia’s traditional warmer climate areas, which are more suited to the richness and ripeness required to make classic Fortified wines and will explore some key points to success, which have contributed to Australian fortified wines winning international awards since 1870.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Australian wineries and winemakers who have put their stamp on Australian Classic fortified wines and to understand why age is so important and maintaining freshness and vitality in the wine is critical.

On Stand tastings - Tuesday 29 May
10:00am to 10:40am Ageing Australians
Ageing Australians
When
Tuesday, 10:00am to 10:40am
Presented by
Phil Reedman MW

Hosted by Master of Wine, Phil Reedman, this session delves into an underappreciated but important topic: the cellar-worthiness of white wines from Australia.

The ability of a wine to mature for ten years or more is frequently cited as a criterion of Greatness. Can Australian white wines achieve this benchmark?  This tasting, featuring current vintage wines compared with a cellared version of the same wine will provide the answer. This tasting provides a unique opportunity to track the development curve through the lens of two classic Australian white wine styles: Hunter Valley Semillon and Nagambie Lakes Marsanne.

2:30pm to 3:10pm Coast to Coast - An Exploration of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
Coast to Coast - An Exploration of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
When
Tuesday, 2:30pm to 3:10pm
Presented by
Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC, Hong Kong

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Australian wine’s remarkable success stories, with original vines arriving in the mid 1800’s. Over the years, Cabernet Sauvignon has become an essential part of Australian wine heritage, highlighting regionality and varietal qualities as a single variety, but also being an important blending component.

This master class, presented by Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC Hong Kong, will provide a snapshot of the elegance, character and charm of top quality Cabernet Sauvignon grown in four distinct Australian wine regions with varying climates. Each of the wines that will be tasted are from winemakers who have taken Australian Cabernet Sauvignon to the new level, creating a premium wine, that would be an asset to any collector’s long-term collection. 

On Stand tastings - Wednesday 30 May
10:00am to 10:40am The impact of emerging varieties in Australia
The impact of emerging varieties in Australia
When
Wednesday, 10:00am to 10:40am
Presented by
Phil Reedman MW

Australia is renowned globally for its wines made from classic, typically French, grape varieties. In the last two decades however, we’ve seen increased plantings of an array of new-to-Australia varieties. Phil Reedman MW, a long-time advocate of these so-called ‘alternative varieties’ will lead a fascinating discussion and tasting to highlight the emerging stars of the Australian viticultural landscape.

From the coolest regions to the warmest regions, Australia’s vignerons have seized the opportunity to grow and vinify these alternative varieties. What motivates vignerons to pursue excellence with these varieties varies from seeking out a variety which offers some degree of climate change proofing, to the pure curiosity to see what a variety will produce when grown in an Australian region with a similar climate to its native region.  This masterclass promises to give you a glimpse of Australia’s wine future.

Regional stand master classes

The below regional master classes will be held at the Wine Australia stand.

Tuesday 29 May 2018
10:00am to 10:40am A Celebration of 2017 Barossa Wine Show Trophy Winners Master Class
A Celebration of 2017 Barossa Wine Show Trophy Winners Master Class
When
Tuesday, 10:00am to 10:40am
Presented by
James March, Chief Executive, Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA) delivering in English, with Ling Cheong, Assistant General Manager, AWSEC, our Barossa Wine School partners delivering in Cantonese.

For over forty years the Barossa Wine Show has been a key element in building best practice winemaking and wine quality in the Barossa.  This masterclass highlights the diversity of the Barossa’s rare and distinguished wine offer, through these trophy winning wines from the 2017 show.

11.30am to 12.10pm Coonawarra Cabernet - a classic combination for cellaring
Coonawarra Cabernet - a classic combination for cellaring
When
Tuesday, 11.30am to 12.10pm
Presented by
Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Writer, Presenter & Educator.

Coonawarra and Cabernet were made for each other and this combination is made for your cellar. Its limestone-based soils and proximity to the Southern Ocean give Coonawarra natural advantages envied by Cabernet growers around the world. They facilitate the making of elegant medium to full-bodied Cabernet-based reds of longevity and complexity – the choice of wine collectors everywhere. Come see for yourself.

4.00pm to 4.40pm Wine above the Snow Line - Orange Master Class
Wine above the Snow Line - Orange Master Class
When
Tuesday, 4.00pm to 4.40pm
Presented by
Yvonne Cheung, Director of Restaurants, Swire Hotels, Hong Kong

Discover the Unique Terroir created by the change in elevation on Cool Climate Chardonnay. Explore the unique characters of these two varieties as the elevation of the region moves from 600 to 1100 metres above sea level.

Wednesday 30 May 2018
11.30am to 12.10pm Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - A Modern Classic
Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - A Modern Classic
When
Wednesday, 11.30am to 12.10pm
Presented by
Rob Dolan, Charles Smedley, Ben Portet, Jeannie Howe

Historically, Cabernet Sauvignon was the most important variety in the Yarra Valley, harking back to the 1830s when grapes were first planted by the pioneers of Yarra Valley wine. While Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have eclipsed Cabernet Sauvignon in popularity over the last 20 years, Cabernet Sauvignon is making a comeback and is appreciated by those seeking wine with elegance and finesse. Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is internationally recognised offering wines of pedigree, reflecting the belief of iconic wineries like Yarra Yering, Mount Mary and Yeringberg who planted this variety over 50 years ago. The more modern style of Cabernet is a wine of approachability at a younger age yet still with the power to age for many years.

1:00pm to 1.40pm McLaren Vale's Great Grenache Master Class
McLaren Vale's Great Grenache Master Class
When
Wednesday, 1:00pm to 1.40pm
Presented by
Wes Pearson, AWRI

Grenache is fast-becoming McLaren Vale’s most iconic varietal. Passionate winemakers continue to produce highly-awarded Grenache wines that showcase the region’s climate, ancient soils and historic old vines with richness, aroma and vibrancy. Explore McLaren Vale’s climatic diversity through its premium internationally-recognised Grenache in a master class led by Senior Scientist and proud McLaren Vale winemaker, Wes Pearson.

2.30pm to 3.10pm Interpretations of Grenache from the Stonegarden Vineyard - Eden Valley Master Class
Interpretations of Grenache from the Stonegarden Vineyard - Eden Valley Master Class
When
Wednesday, 2.30pm to 3.10pm
Presented by
Amanda Longworth, Brand Strategy Manager, Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA) delivering in English, with Ling Cheong, Assistant General Manager, AWSEC, our Barossa Wine School partners delivering in Cantonese.

An exploration of the interpretation of four different Barossa winemakers on the same Grenache sourced grapes from the high altitude Stonegarden. A single vineyard, which is one of the oldest vineyards in Eden Valley, planted in the 1850s.

4.00pm to 4.40pm Indian vs. Southern Ocean; the unique position of Margaret River, an iconic Chardonnay region
Indian vs. Southern Ocean; the unique position of Margaret River, an iconic Chardonnay region
When
Wednesday, 4.00pm to 4.40pm
Presented by
Tim Lovett, winemaker Leeuwin Estate and Fongyee Walker MW

The influence from the Southern Ocean to the south and Indian Ocean to the north and west on the Margaret River vineyards is dramatic. In addition to the maritime influence, this master class will provide a comprehensive look at the region’s Chardonnay story, from ancient soils, modern history and unique Gin Gin clone, which all contribute to the region producing world-class Chardonnay.  

Join Leeuwin Estate winemaker, Tim Lovett and wine educator, Fongyee Walker MW will as they guide the discussion and tasting of Chardonnay from Clairault Estate, Vasse Felix, McHenry Hohnen, Cape Mentelle and Leeuwin Estate.

Thursday 31 May 2018
10:00am to 10:40am Cool Climate Shiraz at Elevation - Orange Master Class
Cool Climate Shiraz at Elevation - Orange Master Class
When
Thursday, 10:00am to 10:40am
Presented by
Yvonne Cheung, Director of Restaurants, Swire Hotels, Hong Kong

Discover the unique terroir created by the change in elevation on Cool Climate Shiraz.  Explore the unique characters of these two varieties as the elevation of the region moves from 600 to 1100 metres above sea level.

11.30am to 12.10pm McLaren Vale's Mediterranean Master Class
McLaren Vale's Mediterranean Master Class
When
Thursday, 11.30am to 12.10pm
Presented by
Jennifer Lynch, MVGWTA General Manager

McLaren Vale is fortunate to enjoy a mild, Mediterranean climate – with the influence of the Southern Ocean on our region’s vineyards, it’s the perfect combination of sun, soil and passionate experimental winemakers that produce wines from varietals that are synonymous with our Mediterranean neighbours.

1.00pm to 1.40pm Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River’s perfect Island of Ancient Soils & Biodiversity
Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River’s perfect Island of Ancient Soils & Biodiversity
When
Thursday, 1.00pm to 1.40pm
Presented by
Tim Lovett, winemaker Leeuwin Estate

Having just celebrated 50 years, Margaret River is a relatively young in terms of wine history but the region is one of the oldest in the world with ancient soils and unique biodiversity. The oceans to the north, west and south and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge to the east provide a pristine environment and perfect winemaking ‘island’. This master class will provide a comprehensive look at the region’s Cabernet Sauvignon story, from the soils, maritime influence and unique Houghton clone, all which contribute to the region producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

Discover the unique Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon identity of elegance, balance and graceful age-ability that places Margaret River on the world stage of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique identity will be contrasted with the region’s site diversity through the tasting and discussion of Cabernet Sauvignon from Deep Woods, Vasse Felix, Evans & Tate, Voyager Estate and Leeuwin Estate.

2.30pm to 3.10pm Coonawarra – Single Vineyard Estates
Coonawarra – Single Vineyard Estates
When
Thursday, 2.30pm to 3.10pm
Presented by
Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Writer, Presenter & Educator.

While Australia has a long and illustrious history of blending wines within and between regions, it’s not well known that most high-end Australian wines come from single vineyards. Coonawarra is no exception to this and is home to a significant number of single estate wines. Come taste a range of special single vineyard and sub-regional wines from the home of the definitive Australian Cabernet.

4.00pm to 4.40pm Why the World is in Love with Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Why the World is in Love with Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
When
Thursday, 4.00pm to 4.40pm
Presented by
Meg Brodtmann MW, Franco D'Anna, Steve Flamsteed, Danny Kane, Matthew Bahen

One could argue that the Yarra Valley is the epicentre of Australian Pinot Noir and deservedly so. The Yarra Valley is blessed with a cooler climate and differing soil types that allow Pinot Noir to express itself in many different ways. Winemakers have been on a quest to allow individual expressions of Pinot Noir which lovers of this variety have been quick to embrace. An excellent food wine, that matches so well with pork and duck (including Asian inspired dishes like Peking Duck), makes it a popular wine in restaurants too. Don’t let the softer colour of Pinot Noir fool you; these are serious wines of purity, detail and power with a layered complexity that age so beautifully.

Exhibitor FAQs (Travel, stands/booths, branding & logistics)

General

Do I need a visa for Hong Kong?

As detailed in Smartraveller, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) and has separate immigration regulations from those of the People's Republic of China.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney or the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Immigration Department well in advance of travel for up-to-date information.

If you plan to travel between Hong Kong and mainland China, you'll need a visa. If you plan to return to mainland China after visiting Hong Kong, make sure you get a multiple-entry visa for China. If not, you'll need to get a new visa to re-enter China. Get your visa for China before leaving Australia.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia.

Before you travel

Make sure you register your travel and contact details on Smartraveller before you travel to make it easier to contact you in an emergency, whether it's a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family issue. The registration information you provide is protected by Australia's privacy laws.

Organising travel insurance is an essential part of preparing for your overseas trip. If you are uninsured, you (or your family) are personally liable for covering any medical or other costs resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents. If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel.

What are the recommended accommodation options in Hong Kong?

Wine Australia has been advised by the hotels in Hong Kong they run at high occupancy during the periods of Vinexpo. It is strongly recommended that exhibitors book their accommodation immediately to avoid disappointment. Please refer to the exhibitor prospectus for the details of our suggested hotels, alternatively visit Vinexpo website for a range of accommodation options.

What is the best transport option/s to get to the exhibition venue?

The closest MTR (metro) station to the Vinexpo venue is Wanchai, from which guests can take direct footbridges to the HKCEC venue. Alternatively, simply take a taxi from your hotel.

Can I access free tickets to invite my trade contacts to Vinexpo Hong Kong?

Yes. Each exhibitor will be allocated up to 100 e-invitations through the e-portal, which allows recipients free registration to attend the event.

Stand/booth arrangements

When can I find out where I’ll be located on the stand?

The location of booths within the Wine Australia stand will be allocated at the discretion of Wine Australia and grouped via region or state.

When can I find out who I’ll be sharing my half-booth with?

If you are sharing a booth details will be communicated in April.

When should I unpack my wines and set up my booth?

All exhibitors are required to attend the exhibition centre on Monday 28 May between 11am and 3pm to unpack their wines and set up their booths.

Do I need to bring spittoons and ice buckets?

Each exhibitor will be provided with an exhibitor kit, which includes:

  • 1 catalogue
  • 1 pocket map
  • 1 exhibitor guide
  • 1 spittoon
  • 1 double ice bucket
  • 1 drop stop box 
  • 1 cork screw

Your booth will be event-ready when you arrive, so no table cloths or additional dressings are required.

What are the dimensions of my booth?

Each full-booth is 1.5mW x 0.6mD. For half-booths, each half is not delineated and sharing can be managed however the exhibitors see fit.

Branding

Can I bring along additional marketing materials to support my presence and booth? ie projector to show brand imagery on booth, pull-up banners etc.

Any counter top marketing collateral is encouraged, however additional signage to what has been provided, large format collateral, projectors and screens are not permitted on the Wine Australia stand.

How much branding will be on my booth?

Each exhibitor will have their name and region on the fascia above the booth, and their logo on the front of the counter.

Wine Logistics

How many bottles of each SKU should I be sending to showcase on my booth?

The quantity you send is at your discretion, however we suggest as a guideline to allow for 2 bottles per SKU per day. Please note that storage on the stand is limited.

What is the delivery deadline of my stock to the shipping warehouse in Australia?

All stock must be delivered to the International Cargo Solutions warehouse in Melbourne by Friday 20 April.

Can I send stock that is already in Hong Kong to the event?

Yes. Local delivery is as per the instructions on the logistics email that was sent to exhibitors on Monday 19 March. Flynt Forwarders is the local agent to whom the stock should be sent.

What are the arrangements for removing left-over wines after the event?

To remove your left-over wines after the event, you can:

  1. Hand-carry out of the venue
  2. Order a ‘move out’ service through W&S Logistics either before or during the event. They will collect and send your wines to a local or international address. Please refer to the logistics email sent to exhibitors.

After the event has closed, the removal of wines with trolleys via public areas is strictly forbidden. Only W&S Logistics - Flynt Forwarders are authorised to handle the removal of wines at the show site.

Can I get additional wines delivered to my booth during the event?

No trolleys are permitted in the exhibition centre during the event so any additional wines must be hand-carried to your booth.

Business Meetings

Will there be space for me to have business meetings during Vinexpo Hong Kong?

Yes, each full-booth will have a dedicated meeting table (shared for half-booth participants) for you to use throughout the event.

I’m a first-time exhibitor at Vinexpo Hong Kong, what is the best approach to pre-arranging meetings in the lead up to the event?

Through the e-portal, Vinexpo offers ‘One-to-Wine’, a scheduling system which allows you to request meetings with specific attendees in advance of the event. We also suggest you target your own trade contacts or referrals, and invite them to the event using your e-invitation allocation.

When will I get access to the list of attendees going to Vinexpo Hong Kong?

You will have access to the list of registered attendees through the Vinexpo e-portal as of Wednesday 2 May.

Schedule and program

When will details of the week’s events be available?

Further information regarding the program of events was communicated in the Vinexpo EDM sent to participants on 28 March. Details are as follows:

Monday 28 May

  • All exhibitors must visit the stand at the Hong Kong Convention Centre between 11am - 3pm for bump-in of their booth and to ensure their wine has been received.
  • All exhibitors are required to attend the Exhibitor Briefing and Sunset Drinks at a rooftop terrace in Central 5-8pm.
Tuesday 29 May to Thursday 31 May
  • Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 – all exhibitors are to be onsite by 9am sharp. Doors will open for trade at 9.30am and close at 6.30pm every day.
  • Happy Hour – from 5pm - 6.30pm. Wine Australian invites all exhibitors and clients to the Wine Australia Wine Bar, where refreshments and food will be served.
  • Australia After Hours – each night from 7pm till late. Wine Australia has organised an exclusive venue for our exhibitors to celebrate and network with clients at Hong Kong’s most iconic landmark ‘The Pawn’, Wan Chai.
Wednesday 30 May
  • The Blend is the official networking party for all delegates. As Country of Honour, only wine from Australia will be served.
  • Network with your clients at this Australian branded event with food, wine and entertainment. From 6.30 – 9pm, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Friday 1 June
  • Exhibitor Closing Beachside Brunch. We are hosting this event to thank all our exhibitors at Hong Kong’s finest rooftop bar in Repulse Bay from 11am - 3pm. Transport will be provided.

Can I invite my importer/trade contacts to the opening or closing events?

Space is very limited, however for the opening event the possibility for you to invite an additional contact will be advised pending RSVPs. The closing event is for exhibitors only.
 

Exhibitor Pricing & Special Conditions

Pricing & inclusions

Half Booth AUD $5,500 ex GST

Full Booth AUD $9,000 ex GST

Australian wine brands will be grouped by state or region, with some regional presences facilitated by the respective association.

Additional costs

Exhibitors are responsible for all travel, accommodation and incidental costs.

A consolidated shipment from Australia to the event will be facilitated by Wine Australia, through Vinexpo’s assigned logistics partners. Local delivery of wines to the partner warehouse in Hong Kong will also be possible. Exhibitors will be responsible for all transportation costs including shipping and customs clearance costs. Exhibitors will be invoiced for international shipping costs upon completion of Vinexpo.

Wine specifications

This is a premium wine focused event, where exhibitors are encouraged to showcase their best wines i.e. medals or trophy winners, or wines which have scored high ratings or points by widely-recognised critics.

At least one wine from each brand to be showcased at Vinexpo has received 90 points and above from a widely recognised and reputable third party.

Maximum SKUs showcased is twelve per full booth and six per half booth.

The amount of wine shipped to Vinexpo is at the discretion of the exhibitor. As a guide, four to six

bottles of wine are required per SKU. Please note, on-stand storage is limited and the removal of leftover wine stock is the responsibility of the exhibitor

Special conditions

  • Participation is only open to wine producers as well as agents, distributors or exporters working directly with the winery/ies, regardless of whether they have existing importers in Asian markets.
  • New-to-market brands must be able to demonstrate they are export ready if required.
  • Winery brands only (no private labels, bulk wines, export-only labels, etc.).
  • Brands must demonstrate existing sales in the Australian domestic market.
  • At least one wine from each brand to be showcased at Vinexpo has received 90 points and above from a widely recognised and reputable third party.
  • Participation may be subject to a maximum number of booths. Wine Australia will represent its stakeholders fairly and endeavour to meet all space requests. Please note, space allocated to Wine
  • Australia is set by the organisers of Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018.
  • Participation is at the discretion of Wine Australia.

Details of the registration terms and conditions are here.

Contact

For any exhibitor enquiries, please contact Sarah Roberts.


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