Chamber in Review
Toasting the Success of Women Winemakers
Toasting the Success of Women Winemakers

The Women of Wine festival wowed around 500 guests at The Murray on 1 March, who enjoyed a selection of more than 100 wines made by female winemakers from around the world. 

The event was hosted by Meiburg Wine Media, with the Chamber’s Women’s Executive Club (WEC) as the strategic partner, and was part of Hong Kong’s celebrations to mark International Women’s Day.

Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine and Founding Director of Meiburg Wine Media, and WEC Chairman Jennifer Chan, joined with guests to toast the official opening.

Two wine education workshops were held during the event. Gaelle Goossens, a Veuve Clicquot winemaker, introduced guests to the history of rose champagne, while Sarah Heller discussed classic and trending wines from key regions. Heller is Asia’s newest Master of Wine and is currently the youngest person in the world to hold this exclusive qualification.

The event was not just about wine. Other seminars covered topics such as leadership style and emerging industries, with speakers including Andrew Strachan, General Manager of Art Basel Hong Kong, and Jennifer Cronin, President at Wharf Hotels.

Meiberg said that she was gratified to see such a large collection of wines from female winemakers under one roof.

“While women have certainly had a place in the wine industry, it has traditionally been not in the barrel room, the vineyard or in the CEO’s chair,” she said. “Not only were the wines delicious, our guests also loved the fact that women were in charge of their production.”