Sat 10 Sep 2016
Asia's Growing Wine Market
In Asia, wine isn’t the long-standing historical and cultural icon it is in Europe. There’s no postcards of rolling Tuscany vineyards or candle-stuffed bottles on the porches of fashionable Parisian cafes. It’s likely that this is both due to the prevalence of alternative cultural drinks such as Sake and Umeshu in Japan, and the fact that growing for specific, quality wines is difficult outside of certain areas and climates.
For example, the wine regions of Yamanashi and Katsunama in Japan have to be constantly on the lookout for fungus killing their plants due to high humidity and annual monsoons, while India’s extraordinary variety of extreme climactic regions – ranging from tropical in the south, to temperate and alpine in the Himalayan north – mean growing wine-suitable grapes is difficult.
Despite these hurdles, Asian domestic wine growth is growing. Until recently, accessing international wines could be difficult for the Asian connoisseur, but this is no longer strictly the case. Using resources such as Hong Kong’s duty free imports, millennial Asian consumers are gaining rapid interest in foreign vintages. In Wine Intelligence’s “China Landscapes 2016” report, it was noted that nearly half of those Chinese residents importing wines into the country were under 30 years old. It’s no wonder that local wineries are stepping up to the plate and providing intense competition.
With consumption on the rise and lively competition from both local and international wineries, the Asian wine market is experiencing an explosive growth in interest. now is the time to step up to the Asian market. Competitions and events such as the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits competition are a lucrative gateway for those wineries that walk away with coveted medals.
- “Winning a silver medal in the HKIWSC has truly helped my product to achieve international credibility regarding its taste. This has positively affected
decisionmaking of several new merchants who now carry my product.”Kaustav BagchiOwner, Lamai Thai Spirits
- “Louis Royer Cognac has been entering the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for many years. This competition is regarded as the most respected in Asian countries. Winning an award is a high honour for our brand and a further seal of quality for our multi-award winning Cognac.”Carol FrugierMarketing and Communications Manager, Louis Royer Cognac
- “Adding to our success over the past few years at the HKIWSC, winning a trophy means so much to us as we have just recently entered the Chinese market with our brandies. The Chinese market is unique, which makes it even more exciting to know that Oude Molen VOV Brandy is well accepted.”Kobus GelderblomBrandy Master, Oude Molen Distillery
- “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and we are very thankful about the reputation from wine enthusiasts in China. This award is a testament to the fact that our white wines not only match the traditional Austrian food but also matches perfectly with the Asian cuisine.”Katja PflogschWinemaker, Domäne Wachau
- “Having won three trophies in the last four years in different food & wine matching categories at HKIWSC has showcased Pegeric Pinot Noir and its suitability with Asian cuisines leading to its listing with one of Australia’s top restaurant – Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum.”Chris CormackCEO, Pegeric Wines
- “To get recognition from such a prestigious panel is
veyrewarding indeed, and proves that our wines are made in a style that is truly food friendly. The HKIWSC has become one of the year’s most well-respected wine competitions globally. For us, the food match component is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how well our wines compliment so many different flavours. Moreover, it is a competition known and valued by our customers so a trophy can be hugely influential.””Susanna MayerWinemaker, Yealings
- “Awards and medals at the HKIWSC have been like a stamp of approval to the quality of our wines. Because it is an Asian-focused competition, I know that my wines are being judged and measured by the same yardstick as all the other wines, given our viticultural conditions are quite unique compared with the rest of the world. These medals give me and, more importantly, my consumers the confidence that my wines stand apart from the competition.”Kalash GurnaniWinemaker, York Winery
- “We are very proud of our results. One of our key focuses is the Asian market, so we really want to make our wines special and desirable for this market. That’s why we want to enter this competition and be evaluated by the expert judging panel.”Sofia Cajewski Winemaker, Cremaschi Furlotti
- “We at Yealands Estate Wines are proud to be
recognizedby the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. The organizationis held in the highest regard and our success in the competitions has become a strong voice for our quality around the globe.”Avram DeitchGlobal Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group
- “Winning awards in reputable international wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is one of the many ways of educating our consumers and giving them confidence in purchasing the Saint Clair brand. This enhances brand perception
increases sales across our entire portfolio of wines.”Maria EastonWinemaker, Saint Clair Family Estate anin turn