Hong Kong Wine Revenues Fell Back to Earth in 2012 (by Artinfo.com)

Posted: January 18, 2013 by wynmaker in Cellars, Europe, Vintage, Wine, Wineries, World wine news
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Hong Kong wine scene.

Hong Kong wine scene.


After climbing steadily over the previous three years, 2012 was not a great one for the wine auction market.


Sales of fine and rare wine slumped 19 percent last year, according to Wine Spectator, with worldwide revenues falling from $478 million in 2011 to $389 million last year. However, the details reveal a more nuanced picture, with the numbers coming out of Hong Kong far more grim than those from the United States.
According to the report, auction revenues were down 10 percent in the U.S. and a full 32 percent in Hong Kong. Richard Harvey, the senior international director of wine at Bonhams, attributed the drop in revenues to decreasing prices for Bordeaux wines, particularly Chateau Lafite Rothschild, which was wildly popular in China for a short period before demand cooled in late 2011.

There is, of course, an argument to be made that the wine market is… read on

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