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What is SPIT?

WineSPIT is Hong Kong’s vibrant community of wine professionals, united to advance the city’s wine trade through skills development workshops, welcoming networking events and a robust annual conference, all fostering the exchange of best practices and professional cooperation.


Unique in Hong Kong, WineSPIT fosters the professional development and sharing of best practices in the city’s bustling wine trade. Topics chosen for the conference and workshops address members’ and industry’s feedback. High caliber guest speakers focus on the issues commonly faced by members. It offers an inviting, open-style platform for the exchange of ideas and discussion within the industry.


Membership is restricted to active members of wine-related businesses.  Members will receive access to 6 of the 12 monthly training workshops free of charge, a discounted rate for additional workshops and a member rate for the annual conference. Not a member yet? Click here to join!


Coming Workshops:
2015-2016 WineSPIT Workshop #1: Think Pink: La Vie en Rose

Truth be told – are you sold on the Rosé revolution? Or are you a swing vote who needs a little more campaigning to – from a Master, perhaps?

With summer here, many Hong Kongers are looking for refreshing drops for hot days and summer parties, with many flocking to wine’s pink darling – rosé. So, now’s certainly the time to brush up on your rosé knowledge, and who better to do it with than a Master? Rod Smith MW will host SPIT’s July Workshop “Think Pink: La Vie En Rosé”, with a comparison tasting between some Provence rosés, other French rosés and New World pinks, plus everything you need to know about selling rosé.


Workshop details:
Date: 9 July, 2015
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm (2pm registration)
Location: HK Management Association, 4/F, Pico Tower, 66 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Non-WineSPIT members: HK$350

About Rod Smith MW
Riviera Wine Academy

Rod Smith MW is a wine educator, marketer and salesman, based in the South of France.  Currently with a client list that includes the world’s wealthiest, most discerning and demanding customers, Rod is the director of the Riviera Wine Academy.

Prior to this, Rod worked for Vins Sans Frontières – the leading wine supplier to the superyacht industry in the South of France, and before that in the UK for a variety of fine wine importers and retailers, as well as being an established WSET educator and occasional journalist. A Master of Wine since 2006, Rod has been extensively involved in judging wine competitions in London, Shanghai and Moscow.


Past Workshops:

2014-2015 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: Fermentation – Hot Stuff, by Richard Kershaw MW
Workshop #2: Talking up Wine, by MJ Jennings Behaviour Coaching
Workshop #3: Pinot Noir – Is the gap really closing, by Larry McKenna Escarpment Vineyard
Workshop #4: Social Media – What is your story?, by Sheli Bowman
Workshop #5: Languedoc – The next “Classic Wine Area” of France, by Matthew Stubbs MW
Workshop #6: Loire Valley, by Yohann Josselin MS
Workshop #7: Beauty and the Yeast, by Andrew Powley, Enologist
Workshop #8: Negotiation skills – How to keep your friendships, by John Miers Black Isle Group
Workshop #9: Is your pour up to standard, by Yvonne Cheung Swire Hotels
Workshop #10: How to Taste Like a Master, by Debra Meiburg MW
Workshop #11: To Bunch or Not To Bunch, by Gary Mills Jamsheed Wines
Workshop #12: Bottle or Barrel Maturation? by Geoff Merrill Geoff Merrill Wines

Founding Members

Altaya Wines ŸŸ–  ASC Fine Wines – Berry Bros. & Rudd – Crown Wine Cellars – Golden Gate Wine – Jebsen Fine Wines – Kedington Wines Kerry Wines –Links Concept – Northeast Wines & Spirits – Ponti Wine Cellars – Summergate – Watson’s WinŸe


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