Drink­ing it in Hong Kong

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

The own­ers of Misha’s Vine­yard are back from show­ing off their prod­ucts at three of Hong Kong’s most pres­ti­gious lo­ca­tions. Misha and Andy Wilkin­son have hosted events at the 5-star lux­ury ho­tel Lang­ham Place, the pres­ti­gious Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and at The Penin­sula – a Hong Kong land­mark com­plete with the world’s largest Rolls Royce fleet. ‘‘It was pretty amaz­ing,’’ Mrs Wilkin­son said. The cou­ple started their Bendigo vine­yard 10 years ago af­ter 17 years liv­ing in Sin­ga­pore. From the be­gin­ning they de­cided to lever­age their Asian ex­pe­ri­ence as they tar­geted ex­port mar­kets, ini­tially dis­tribut­ing to Hong Kong, Ja­pan and Sin­ga­pore. Their wine is now sold in 22 coun­tries. Their Hong Kong dis­trib­u­tor, who also works with heavy­weights such as Bollinger, Pen­folds and Bom­bay Sap­phire gin, had in­tro­duced them to The Penin­sula, which last year sold three of their wines by the glass. The Penin­sula asked the cou­ple to re­turn for a cel­e­bra­tion this year and the other events grew from there. While there they also launched their re­serve Verismo Pinot Noir. The cou­ple will be shar­ing their ideas at small busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion and net­work­ing events called The Biz this month, or­gan­ised by Yel­low. They will be held in Nel­son, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Photo: DEB­BIE JAMIESON 628061750

Hong Kong wel­come: Misha Wilkin­son, left, with Bha­tia Dheeraj, chief som­me­lier at The Penin­sula Hong Kong, and Andy Wilkin­son at the Misha’s Vine­yard wine lunch.

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Bendigo wine: Misha’s Vine­yard hosted awine din­ner for 88 peo­ple at The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

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