The United Kingdom’s largest institution for teaching skills in the wine and spirits field has announced it is setting up its first ever international branch in Hong Kong to support China’s surging demand for wine knowledge. Industry analysts said the move comes as China’s interest in wine and spirits is moving from social drinking toward connoisseurship…Full Article: China Daily Oct 2016
- In November 2016, London’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will open its Hong Kong office. During the 2015 to 2016 academic year, 13,141 Chinese candidates took its WSET exams (a 38% increase from the previous academic year). WSET courses, currently provided by 135 accredited institutions in China, first began in China in 2006.
- In early 2013, the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) began wine certification program for Chinese wine importers/distributors and other food professionals. The program was designed in part to boost Kiwi wine exports to China over the following three to five years (i.e. 2013 to 2018).