Great Times

The suc­cess of the 2015 Great Wines of Italy Asia tour, with sell­out crowds in Bangkok and Hong Kong, high­lights the en­thu­si­asm fine Ital­ian wine is gen­er­at­ing in the re­gion, writes Natalie Wang

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

tal­ian wines con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity around the world, par­tic­u­larly in Asia. With the fourth in­car­na­tion of the Great Wines of Italy event, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Hong Kong Tatler and James­suck­ling.com, oenophiles were able to meet vint­ners and taste some of the best Ital­ian wines on the planet.

In 2015, more than 110 of the top Ital­ian winer­ies, from Italy’s north­ern Pied­mont all the way to south­ern Si­cily, were rep­re­sented at the events in Bangkok (Novem­ber 29 and 30) and Hong Kong (De­cem­ber 1 to 3). Nearly 1,000 trade pro­fes­sion­als and VIP wine lovers con­verged to taste th­ese pre­mium Ital­ian wines at the Grand Hy­att Erawan Bangkok, while a sim­i­larly sized crowd rev­elled in the Grand Tast­ing at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a ma­ture mar­ket for Ital­ian wines and this was man­i­fested in the en­thu­si­asm sur­round­ing the 2015 event. Wine mer­chants ar­rived from all around the re­gion and the event’s trade tast­ing ses­sion was over­sub­scribed; more than 400 peo­ple had to be turned away due to space lim­i­ta­tions. “You don’t get the chance to taste th­ese wines or meet th­ese wine pro­duc­ers all at one time un­less you go to Italy,” said one im­porter from Manila.

“Hong Kong loves great Ital­ian wines and Great Wines of Italy has helped cre­ate that love,” James re­marked to win­ery rep­re­sen­ta­tives dur­ing a pri­vate out­door

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