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Visit of minister Aleksandra Pivec and a business delegation to Hong Kong (8–9 November 2018)

Dr Aleksandra Pivec, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, will visit the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China together with a business delegation. The visit is intended for the third presentation of Slovenia at one of the largest and most important fairs in the field of promoting wine, alcoholic beverages and food products in Asia, i.e. the “Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair”. The visit is an important international activity of the Ministry. Therefore, the Minister will hold several bilateral discussions, which are an important basis for strengthening economic cooperation, with representatives of the leadership of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. 


Based on a successful presentation of Slovenian wine-makers at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair in the last two years, it was decided that they would also attend this year’s fair. Seven Slovenian wine-makers will present themselves in a 72 m2 exhibition pavilion in the middle of the exhibition hall: Klet Goriška Brda, Edi Simčič, Aloša Jakončič, Vinakoper, Vinakras, Radgonske Gorice, Steyer and the company Alps Wine, which represents the company Vipava 1894, the Tomažič Farm, Karol & Igor & Marjan Simčiča and Aufbix gin. The Kocbek Oil Mill with its pumpkin seed oil and the company Stork, a manufacturer of ice cream made of high-quality all-natural ingredients, will also present themselves at the fair. 


In addition to providing support for presentations of Slovenian producers and promoting Slovenia at the fair, Aleksandra Pivec will meet the leadership of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. She is also expected to meet Edvard Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Sophia Chan Sui-chee, Secretary for Food and Health. The bilateral discussions are intended to boost economic cooperation. 

 

About Slovenian wine sector


Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. It’s a green country measuring only 20,273 km2 in area. 


Slovenia boasts the world's oldest grapevine, which has been growing for more than 400 years and still produces wine grapes.


With three diverse wine-producing regions (Primorska, Podravje and Posavje) and vine-growing hills offering some of the best terroir on the planet, Slovenia is something of a microcosm of wine production in Europe. Moderated by the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, the country’s climate varies from coastal and maritime influences in the south-western regions such as Primorska, to more continental influences in the north-eastern Podravje region and the south-eastern Posavje region. 


This allows winemakers to produce a diverse range of styles: from dry to sweet wines, including white, rosé, red and even orange varieties. 
Numerous top-quality international as well as interesting indigenous grape varieties are produced. 
Among the most famous wine-makers in Slovenia, two have been ranked among the top 100 wine cellars in the world by the American magazine Wine and Spirits. With wine awards from all over the world, Slovenia remains the leading wine force in the region. 


Additional information: 
Luka Kočevar, Head of Public Relations and Promotion Service
mobile phone: +386 41 495 163; e-mail: pr.mkgp@gov.si