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Last month, Macau hosted its first Wine & Dine Festival with the support of the Macau government and has a thriving Wine Society. A tiny former Portuguese enclave, Macau is only 35 miles away from Hong Kong across the Pearl River Delta and an hour away by hydrofoil. It is …

The Distell Group, Africa’s leading spirits, wines and ready-to-drinks business has acquired top-performing producer of Scotch whiskies, Burn Stewart Distillers Limited, for just over R2,2 billion (£160 million) from the Scottish based CL World Brands Limited and Trinidad and Tobago based Angostura Limited, owners of Hine Cognac and Angostura Bitters …

This year the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune was offering 407 barrels of red wine and 111 of white wine. The sale featured 31 cuvées of red wine and 13 of white. Combined with La Pièce des Présidents and alcohols, the whole sale totalled EUR 5,909,276, record result for the …

Based in Hong Kong, Thomas Jullien is in charge of the promotion of Bordeaux wines in Asia and mainly China for the CIVB. What is your precise role on the Bordeaux wines sector ? My role is to develop marketing and to represent Bordeaux wines vis-à-vis Chinese authorities, to protect …

« China is a high potential market for Sweet Bordeaux, explains Emma Baudry, Communication manager of the sweet wines appellations from Gironde, but we must explain that Bordeaux is not just red wines ». Starting in 2009, The Union of Grands Vins Liquoreux de Bordeaux has a budget of €150,000 a year …

This is not the first trip to China for Plaimont. Jean-Pierre Grangé, ex-manager of the cellar, carried out some observation trips and visits to importers as soon as the end of the 80’s to « test the waters » at a time when the coop’s exports only represented 2% of turnover (1.4 …

Martell is one of the merchants from elsewhere which has made cognac famous throughout the world… before such international groups as Pernod-Ricard took over. Jean Martell reaches Jersey at the beginning of the 18th century, marries the rich daughter of a Saintonge merchant and establishes an eau-de-vie house in 1721. …

Starting this summer, the Bordeaux Wine School has visited seven cities in the South of China for training seminars. Importers, distributors, sales forces, sommeliers, hotel and catering professionals and journalists can attend the seminars at a cost of 300 Yuans (about €35), and in their own language. Chinese professional wine …

Champagne has just reached  the one million bottles barrier in China and wine growers of the Champagne region, always eager for new markets, are switching to higher gear. « Will China succumb to effervescence ? ». Without making of China an Eldorado, Jean-Louis Martin, Manager for emerging markets at Crédit Agricole, reminds …

The French origin represents a market share of approximately 60% in Hong Kong (38% of imported wines get there via brokers or French traders). More than one third of bottles are however re-exported to China. Bordeaux is the first supplier, both in terms of volume and of value.