Chile stood proud next to its two Wines of the Beautiful South partners, Argentina and South Africa, in their presentation at Vinexpo Hong Kong this year, leading wine educators and buyers in an interesting tasting with wines from each of these unique countries.
A handful of Chilean wines were tasted alongside wines from the other two countries during three tasting seminars in a bid to get Asian wine communicators and consumers to think again about the wines that come from these special terroirs. The sessions were oversubscribed and there were more than 150 attendees who came to see wine professionals Fongyee Walker, Robert Joseph and Debra Meiburg MW tackle themes including: the novelties of Chilean wine in Pushing Boundaries; a Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon comparative tasting; and a guided tasting of the most revered award-winning wines from each country. “At a time when there are often complaints that ‘wines all taste the same’, it was great to have the chance to analyse the differences and to consider the impact of sea breezes, high altitude and particular soils,” said Robert Joseph who led the comparative tasting between three varieties from all three countries.
“The Wines of the Beautiful South tasting was very good,” said Importer in Hong Kong, Roddy Ropner, “I especially liked the selection from Fongyee Walker’s presentation – it reinforced the historical context of these countries. I also came away with the impression that Chile in particular has great potential for making elegant wines. Certainly the presentations made me more likely to try wines from these countries again.”
This was the first time Wines of the Beautiful South participated in the fair, after having success in other fairs in London and Germany this year and last. As usual, Wines of Chile were at the fair representing the country’s industry in this key event. Thousands had the chance to try some fine Chilean wines during the three-day wine fair (27 – 29 May) where 45 Chilean wineries were present to greet over 16,000 visitors at Hong Kong’s landmark Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“This is a fair that happens every two years and in my opinion it is the fair that opens the doors to Asia, with a special emphasis on China,” said Alvaro Arriagada, Fairs Manager for Wines of Chile who was at the event. “The quality of these visits is quite professional and it appeared better than the fair in 2012. Also, the date allows us to close and finalise business before the end of the year which is quite useful.”
Chilean wineries present at Vinexpo were: 7 Colores, Anakena, Apaltagua, Aresti, Balduzzi, Bisquertt, Botalcura, Casa Donoso, Casa Lapostolle, Casas del Bosque, Casas del Toqui, Casas Patronales, Chocalan, Cremaschi, De Aguirre, De Martino, Dos Andes, Echeverría, El Principal, Garcés Silva, J. Bouchon, Indómita, Koyle, Neuken Vineyard, La Ronciere, La Rosa, Luis Felipe Edwards, Matetic, Montgras, Odfjell, Perez Cruz / Casa Marin, Ravanal, Santa Alicia, Santa Ema, Siegel, Sur Valles, Tabalí, Terranoble, Terraustral, Undurraga, Valdivieso, Via Wines, Viu Manent, and William Cole.
Photos by Alvaro Arriagada