Hong Kong’s first “Women of Wine Festival” Announced by Debra Meiburg MW

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Hong Kong will see its first Women of Wine (WoW!) Festival, produced and hosted by Master of Wine, Debra Meiburg and Meiburg Wine Media.

Scheduled for 10 March, the Swire WoW Festival teams key achievers in the wine industry, with some of the Hong Kong’s most successful women in business, the corporate world, powerhouse entrepreneurs, key industry leaders and trendsetters for a series of “Vinspirational” seminars. Plus, Meiburg herself will host a series of wine tasting workshops.

Guests will also enjoy an exhibition-style walk around tasting by a host of female-owned or managed importers showcasing wines from around the world, with a particular focus on wines made by women. During this time, a series of 10-minute pop-up workshops hosted by special guests like sommeliers, chefs, glassware specialists, lifestyle consultants and more will offer practical tips and advice for attendees.

Debra Meiburg MW, director of Meiburg Wine Media, said, “We are carefully selecting the right mix of speakers, wines and exhibitors to offer a total lifestyle, learning and inspirational experience, in which women can toast to the messages of gender equality and diversity of International Women’s Day in a stylish and fun setting.

“A robust and competitive wine market, Hong Kong boasts several hundred importers, with many successful wine businesses being female-led. This event will bring these successful women together with wine enthusiasts, along with a host of delicious wines made by women to taste and enjoy.

“Beyond simply wine though, WoW Festival celebrates the achievements of strong, determined women who’ve charged through the glass ceiling or proven themselves visionaries, leaders and trendsetters. The combination of wine, education, inspirational stories and dynamic discussions, are set to make it a thought-provoking and entertaining evening.”

Date:              10 March (Friday)

Time:              5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location:       HKGCC Chamber Theatre (Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce) – 22/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Info & Ticketswww.debramasterofwine.com/wow

Seminars include:

Let Me Introduce You to Your Tongue – A fun and informative practical introduction to tasting wine like the pros, with tongue-tingling exercises! By Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine.

Know Your Bubbles: Champagne  – Learn the art of tasting bubbles, and how to choose the best way to toast each and every occasion. By Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine

Breaking the Wine Glass: Celebrating Female Success Stories – A true celebration of women’s achievements in male-dominated industries in Hong Kong and beyond: these women’s stories are the ultimate inspiration as part of International Women’s Day.

Taking the Lead: 5 Unstoppable Women on How to Thrive in the Future – This lively cutting-edge debate will feature a “who’s who” of the region’s most respected women in today’s trending industries, who’ll gaze into their crystal balls and share their predictions for what’s ahead and the opportunities for women to get a head start.

A few of the many wow-worthy speakers include:

Hong Kong-Canadian actress and award-winning winemaker, Bernice Liu, will make a special guest appearance. Just a few of the other highlights from the speaker list include:

  • Emma Gao – Head Winemaker & Owner, Silver Heights (Torres China)
  • Fiona Kotur Marin – Founder & C.E.O, KOTUR
  • Mary Gadams – Founder & C.E.O, Racing the Planet
  • Yvonne Cheung – Director of Wine, Swire Hotels
  • Vicky Lau – Head Chef & Owner, Tate Dining Room & Bar (Best Female Chef in Asia by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants)
  • Pamela Ambler – TV presenter & Producer, Reuters
  • Lijia Zhang – Author, Social Commentator & Activist
  • Anna Thompson – Director of Flight Operations, Cathay Pacific
  • Angelina Kwan – Head of Regulatory Compliance, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx)
  • Peggy Chan – Managing Director & Executive Head Chef, Grassroots Pantry
  • Lilian Haynes – Chairman, North East Wines & Spirits
  • Monica Cheung – Managing Director, Kedington Wines

WoW Festival is supported by John Swire & Sons, The Women’s Foundation Hong Kong and Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, with media partners including Hong Kong Tatler, Sassy HK, and CRAVE Magazine.

About Debra Meiburg MW: A Hong Kong resident for nearly 30 years, Master of Wine Debra Meiburg is an award-winning author, TV personality, international speaker, and is widely considered the global authority on the Asian wine market. She is founding director of both Meiburg Wine Media, Asia’s leading wine marketing and agency and education provider, and the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition, the world’s first truly pan-Asian wine competition. Her other key roles include wine consultant for Cathay Pacific Airways and Cathay Dragon, and Chair of the Education Committee for the Institute of Masters of Wine.