Vinexpo has announced that the award-winning‘Best Sommelier of the World 2016’ Jon Arvid Rosengren, will be presenting the Vinexpo Challengeat Vinexpo Hong Kong on May 24. Vinexpo Hong Kong will be the first large-scale international event in which the sommelier champion, nominated on April 19, will participate. Together with Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise, Jon Arvid Rosengren will invite attendees to experience the art of blind tasting with ten outstanding wines selected from producers exhibiting at the expo.

The number of participants to this tasting challenge is limited to 150 attendees, guests can register on the Vinexpo Hong Kong event’s page on a first come first-served basis with a participation fee of HK$250 per person. Please see link to register here:

Vinexpo is a proud partner of A.S.I. (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale), as such it supports France as a candidate to host the next ‘Best Sommelier of the World’ competition in three years’ time, at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2019.

The 7th edition of Vinexpo Hong Kong will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th of May 2016. The trade event will open its doors every morning at 9.30 AM and close its doors at 6.30 PM.

On May 26th, it will be a ‘Shiraz Day’. Producers from all around the world including Australia, South Africa, and France are participating in the event and lectures will provide updates on the variety and where the modern-day boom in popularity of the grape began.

“Shiraz Day, will be the first-ever tribute to a single grape variety at Vinexpo and aims at further increasing business opportunities around a varietal that offers a lot of potential. Shiraz Day should prove especially enriching to industry professionals”, comments Vinexpo CEO, Mr. Guillaume Deglise.

A morning conference entitled “Can Shiraz become the next trend in Asia”, will explore business opportunities for Shiraz producers. The panel of exporters includes Robert Hill-Smith, Chairman of Yalumba, South Australia; Nelson Chow, President of the Hong Kong Sommelier Association and Vice-President of A.S.I. Asia & Oceania ; and Ronald Brown, founder of Maverick wines, South Australia.  The conference will be led by Andrew Caillard, Fine Wine Principal/ Pinacle Drinks (Woolworth’s).