By Jim Boyce
Wine Australia is hosting 38 people from China’s food and beverage sector on a Down Under tour called Vintage 2012. The visitors, who include representatives from importers, retailers, hotels and the media, are touring the country’s wine regions from February 26 to March 6.
Regions on the itinerary include Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare, Coonawarra, Great Southern, Hunter Valley, Margaret River — pause for breath — McLaren Vale, Mornington Peninsula, Orange, Rutherglen and the Yarra Valley, according to a press release from the Australian Trade Commission. The press release adds, “The Vintage 2012 visit is part of the Wine Australia Regional Visitors Program that is developing a network of wine professionals globally, who actively promote and support Australian wines in their market.”
Lucy Anderson, Asia director for Wine Australia, said in an email yesterday that the visitors were divided into four groups. “I’m traveling with ‘group 1′ at the moment and so far we’ve visited Clare and Barossa Valley,” she said. She added that the members include staff from Pernod Ricard, ASC and Torres as well as a journalist
and that she’s already bartered a koala for a panda.