Successful Vinexpo Asia 2023 In Singapore Exceeded Expectations
· 31 May 2023
Vinexpo Asia 2023 returns to Asia and welcomed trade visitors from all over the world
Vinexpo Asia 2023, the leading international tradeshow for the wine and spirits sector in Asia, saw an impressive turnout. The successful wine event held for the first time in Singapore from 23 to 25 May welcomed a remarkable and diverse 9,989 professionals hailing from 64 countries (the top five visiting countries being Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand).
The event at Marina Bay Sands attracted top quality buyers, 80% of which have trade and retail activities in the region, providing exhibitors with many business opportunities (top five exhibiting producers being France, Italy, Australia, USA and Spain). The rest of the participants were from media, education and institutional organisations.
Vinexpo Asia 2023 showcased its commitment to advancing industry knowledge through Vinexpo Academy. 40 sessions were hosted and drew in a full attendance of professional attendees who had the privilege to taste and to learn from 70 esteemed international speakers and experts. This was a testament of Vinexpo Academy’s unwavering popularity among the wine and spirits professionals. Vinexpo Academy played a pivotal role in elevating the Asian trade to new heights, fostering innovation and excellence within the wine and spirits community.
Hosted by Vinexposium, a range of unique events complemented and enhanced the Vinexpo Academy programme of features, conferences and masterclasses:
They included The Vinexpo Challenge – held in conjunction with the ASI (International Sommelier Association) and presented by Raimonds Tomsons, recently crowned as the Best Sommelier of the World 2023. Participants were invited to test their knowledge and get a preview of some exceptional wines with the chance to win prizes.
The Battle of the Sommeliers was also held for the first time in Singapore with Mason Ng (2022 ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania), Chuan Ann (Malaysian semi-finalist of the Best Sommelier of the World competition) and Le Hoang Khanh Vi (Best Female Sommelier of Vietnam, also ranked as Asia’s Best Female Sommelier at the 2023 Best Sommelier of the World competition).
The programme also showcased prominent international wine experts including Jennifer Docherty MW – the first ethnically Chinese and Mandarin speaking person to achieve the Master of Wine – who conducted Blind Wine Tasting: Guidance and Practice with a Master of Wine. Other wine personalities included Janice Chi, Master Sake Sommelier, who curated a masterclass on Japanese sake; and Richard Hemming MW, wine author, educator and consultant presented a conference on the Master of Wine diploma and how to pass it.
The resounding success of Vinexpo Asia 2023 reflects the strong confidence in the Vinexpo brand from the wine and spirits industry and confirms its adhesion to Vinexposium’s steadfast commitment to Asia. Future Vinexpo Asia events will alternate between Hong Kong and Singapore.