Vinexpo Academy: Talks, Tastings & Masterclasses

Vinexpo Hong Kong offers a unique programme of talks, tastings and masterclasses, bringing together leading figures from the world of wine and buyers from the Asia-Pacific region within the Vinexpo Academy.

Australia, this edition’s Country of Honour, has various themes planned for each day, including the different styles of Australian Pinot Noir, Margaret River Chardonnay, the grand tasting of First Families of Wine, the launch of Penfolds fine white wines and a talk on the various Australian terroirs.

Chile will showcase its iconic wines with masterclasses by Seña, Clos Apalta and Viña Almaviva, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Italy has scheduled a number of events, including the Valpolicella 50th Anniversary Tour, the exclusive international launch of Solaia 2015 with the celebrated wine critic, James Suckling, events organised by the Gambero Rosso guide including the Tre Bicchieri “en primeur” tasting and a masterclass with Debra Meiburg MW, focusing on Prosecco.

France, as the world’s top exporter to China, naturally features prominently in this year’s Vinexpo programme. While the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux will be showcasing the 2015 vintage, several tastings are also planned with the Graves Crus Classés and St Emilion Grands Crus Classés. Master Sommelier Yang Lu will uncover the mysteries of the Burgundy climates, while his colleague Sarah Heller MW will talk about the extensive number of different Rhône Valley terroirs.

For Grenache Day on Wednesday 30 May, Vinexpo Hong Kong will highlight this grape variety coming from Spain with several talks and tastings showcasing French, Australian, Spanish and US Grenaches. Finally, Vinexpo will take stock of the Chinese market the China Market Conference which is traditionally held on the first day of the exhibition.

This year, the participants will also have the opportunity to practice their blind tasting skills with World’s Best Sommelier Paolo Basso, in the traditional Vinexpo Challenge. The winner of this fun and professional competition will leave with a magnum of Bollinger Grande Année 2007.