Keen to load up on your knowledge of wine? Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, because when it comes to wine tasting in Hong Kong, we really are spoiled for choice. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends, or taking your first step towards becoming a connoisseur, there are plenty of ways to swot up. Here are some great options around the city.
The perfect moment calls for the perfect wine, and no body knows that better than WINE MOMENTS. Combining a casual and relaxing atmosphere with the finest selection of wines, these folks are the perfect go-to for a kick-back evening. And don’t worry if you’re new to the world of wine, WINE MOMENTS will take special care to talk about the story behind each wine or vineyard in a way that everyone can understand — so you can enjoy your glass of tipple even more! Be sure to check out their Facebook and don’t miss out on any of their upcoming events.
With regular wine tasting events held every month, Prime Cellar is an expert when it comes to sourcing the best bottles. Apart from having highly knowledgeable staff who are on hand to advise you on the next tipple to fill up your glass, Prime Cellar also boasts an excellent venue which is ideal for private gatherings with your nearest and dearest. Their popular tasting events always fill up fast, so keep a close eye on their events page to reserve your spot in the cellar.
Prime Cellar, 1/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2523 2111 / 3690 8630
Tasting events cost around $100 – $300
La Cabane a Vin
Looking for a plate of French style nibbles to pair with your vino? Sitting quietly on Hollywood Road, La Cabane a Vin is the perfect spot for a cosy night out. Not only are they stocked up on a huge variety of wines from all over the world, they also have a wide selection of the finest cheeses flown straight in from Paris. Wine tastings are held every two weeks on a Friday night, so head on over and treat yourself to a worldly library of some of the most amazing sips around. The place is great for private venue hire too.
La Cabane a Vin, B/F, 97 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2517 0186
Tasting events cost around $200
The Flying Winemaker
Since its launch in 2011, The Flying Winemaker (aka Australian expert Eddie McDougall) has quickly made a name for itself on the Hong Kong wine scene. Looking to stir up a vino-revolution in our city through a combination of wine tastings, events promotions, and educating classes, the McDougall strives to bring you an eye-opening experience into the world of wine, empowering people to look beyond the snobbery and drink the good stuff. Aside from popular signature events such as Rosé Revolution and the Asian Wine Review, the team also specialise in hosting unique wine experiences such as dinners, tastings, and activities at their venue or yours. If you’re ever running low on ideas for a good night out, then take a look at their events calendar and get inspired.
The Flying Winemaker, 6/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43 – 55 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2522 2187
Tasting events cost around $350 – $400
Scarlett Café & Wine Bar
If you’re looking for some guaranteed fun, then Scarlett Café & Wine is the place to go. With an impressive wine cellar on full display, and an alternating recommendation of wines by the glass on offer each week, this modern and trendy French style bistro is perfect for any occasion. Scarlett regularly hosts a variety of wine tastings events and workshops throughout the month – all paired with delicious food promotions and live music nights. From a Rhône Valley wine masterclass to a skillful blind wine tasting, there’s plenty to keep your taste buds happy. These folks also do monthly wine dinners that includes a five-course meal with different wines paired for each course so check out their Facebook page and make your way to once of their exciting upcoming events.
Scarlett Café & Wine Bar, 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 3565 6513
Tasting events cost around $500
Serving up everything from new wines that have just hit the market, to a classic châteaux’s private collection, the impressive Winebeast shop in Wan Chai has a bottle to suit every occasion and budget. With several wine tasting events hosted each month at their restaurant, Le Bistro Winebeast, often paired with exquisite Michelin star quality food, this is a great choice for those who appreciate the finer things in life. And if you become a member of their Privilege Club, you not only get to enjoy discounts on all your favourite wines, but also get to attend their tasting events for free. Now that’s a beast of an offer!
Winebeast, G/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2782 6599
Tasting events cost around $500 – $600
Specialising in sourcing rare vintage wines from private collectors and traders around the world, Ginsberg+Chan have some of the finest you will find. Whether it’s for an anniversary dinner, a celebratory gift, or simply a treat for yourself, they’ve got you covered. What’s more, their tasting room is conveniently located in the heart of Central, so if you’re ever in need of a post-work tipple, their Wine Wednesday will definitely hit the spot. Check out their great tasting events and beautiful outdoor space which is perfect for throwing a party.
Ginsberg+Chan, 6/F, Loke Yew Building, 50 – 52 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2504 2221
Tasting events range from $650 – $1,000
It’s always tough trying to find the perfect wine for a dinner party, and even tougher to find one that suits everyone’s tastes, which is why Kerry Wines is your ultimate go-to. Not only will these wine-savvy experts match you with unique wines catering to your specific needs, they will also give you advice and tips on how to best enjoy them, such as the right serving temperatures and food pairing options so you can impress all your friends. They also host regular events such as Cheese and Wine Wednesdays, and wine tasting dinners across different locations in Hong Kong, so there’s bound to be one happening near you.
Kerry Wines, 20/F, Kerry Centre, 683 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, (+852) 2169 7700
Call for price quotation
VINEX Wine Academy
From wine appreciation classes for beginners to Barossa master classes for pros, VINEX Wine Academy caters for everyone. Not only that, they also host a number of lifestyle workshops with music, art jamming, cooking, and more – all incorporated with wine. Classes and workshops for English speakers are available as soon as there are enough people signed up, and the number of people required varies, so grab your fellow wine-loving friends now and check out their courses where you can learn about wines from all over the world and have loads of fun along the way.
VINEX Wine Academy, 19/F, 88 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2406 0960
Wine courses start from $1,850
Asia Wine Service & Education Centre
Marked as a leader in wine education and training, the Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC) plays a vital role in Hong Kong’s wine industry. Their extensive portfolio of certification programmes allow all levels of wine enthusiasts to explore and be educated on all there is to know about the good stuff. To date, the centre has trained over 100,000 wine professionals and enthusiasts in Hong Kong, China, and Asia, so you know there’s no going wrong with these experts.
AWSEC, 15/F, Kai Tak Commercial Building, 317 – 319 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2964 0188
Wine courses start from $2,000
Sommelier is an all-in-one service providing everything you need to become a seasoned connoisseur. From professional services for corporate clients, to helping individual customers hold private events, the team can guide you through every step of your wine journey. Aside from teaching every WSET level one to three awards, they also offer a range of tasting events each month for those who want to take things slowly. Find out more about their events and courses and take your first step to becoming the wine expert you’ve always wanted to be.
Sommelier, 3/F, Tower 1, Enterprise Square, 9 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, (+852) 3586 9388
Wine courses start from $2,000