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Hong Kong’s wine connoisseurs impressed by Slovenian wines

Hong Kong, 10 November – Slovenia presented its superior-quality wines at this year’s greatest Wine Fair in Hong Kong for the first time. Asian wine-lovers are, in particular, interested in red wines, and they were also impressed by the dessert wines on offer at the Slovenian pavilion.


(Report by special rapporteur Martina Kolenc, Slovenian Press Agency - STA)


Slovenia is a guest state among the 1600 exhibitors from 36 countries at the largest wine fair in this part of the world. The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan, who is concluding his official visit to China, also attended the opening of the fair.


Speaking to journalists the Minister mentioned the millennia-long history of wine production in Slovenia and highlighted that the range of Slovenian wines is as diverse as the terrain extending from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. To mark the occasion of his visit to the Slovenian pavilion, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Benjamin Chau, ordered dessert wine.


The Slovenian economic delegation will be represented by 16 wine growers and, additionally, the company Berryshka and the Kocbek Oil Mill had exhibitions in the Slovenian pavilion. There are also other companies at the fair with alcoholic beverages, like whisky, beer and vodka. The expert public and aficionados can, in addition to the range of wines available, enjoy themselves on numerous adventures and at workshops. Drink tastings and workshops on wine serving prevail.


The number of exhibitors has tripled since the first fair in 2008, with the Asian market making up a tenth of global wine consumption. There are 20,000 restaurants in Hong Kong alone.


The first eight months of 2016 saw the export of wine from Hong Kong increase by 37 percent, reaching almost half a billion euros, whereas imports increased by 26 percent to almost a billion euros.


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