All eyes on Asia, a report from Wine for Asia

wineforasia1106b.jpg Singapore’s leading international wine trade exhibition Wine For Asia 2006 just got over on 4 November 2006. Sommelier India was an official Wine for Asia partner.

Malcom Tham of Wine Resources (centre) and S Iswaran, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, pictured with Reva Singh, Editor and Publisher of Sommelier India on the opening day of Wine for Asia 2006, Singapore

The number of wineries participating this year has gone up from 100 in 2003 to 450 from more than 20 countries. The growth reflects not only the increase in the wine drinking habit in Asia but also the tremendous interest in the rest of the world in selling wine to this market. For the first time, there were wines from Korea, China, Mexico, Venezuela and Tunisia on display.

Wine suppliers and growers are showing keen interest in the region because the wine market in Asia is projected to grow by 20% from 2003 to 2008. In Singapore alone, according to the WFA press release, wine imports have almost doubled from 9.4 million litres in 2001 to 18.6 million litres in 2005, while the value of the imports tripled from US$ 23.1 million to 67.7 million.
“Singapore, with its connectivity to both the East and the West, is well positioned to serve the interests of companies that are keen to tap the potential of this large and growing Asian market,” Mr S Iswaran, Minister of State for Trade and Industry said at the opening of Wine for Asia 2006.
From Left to right: Reva Singh, Editor and Publisher of Sommelier India, S Iswaran, Singapore Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Abhay Kewadkar, Sr. Vice President – Wines, The UB Group
Indian wine producers, Sigma Wineries Pvt Ltd and Vinsura Wines (Sankalp Winery Pvt Ltd) had their own stalls at the WFA while Sula was represented by their local distributor.
In the Wine Style Asia Awards 2006, Vinsura’s Chenin Blanc 2005 and Chantilli Chardonnay 2005 from Chateau Indage won a silver medal. Chateau Indage’s Chantilli Merlot 2004 won a bronze and their Chantilli Chenin Blanc 2005 received a commendation as did the Vinsura Rosé 2005 and Sigma Wineries’ Chenin Blanc 2005.

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