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Elegance and Provenance – Bordeaux wines and vineyards

On May 28, 2014, Landscope Christie’s and Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes, the vineyard experts and exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Bordeaux, France, jointly organized a private clients event entitled “Elegance and Provenance – Bordeaux wines and vineyards” at the office of Berry Bros & Rudd (Hong Kong) at China Resources Building in Wanchai, Hong Kong.

The event was organized for Landscope Christie’s private clients who have interest in investing in Bordeaux vineyards. The VIP guests were treated to a dazzling wine tasting of four Bordeaux wines representing four distinct wine-producing regions in Bordeaux, complemented with mouth-watering tapas prepared by “Quemo,” renowned Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong.

Karin Maxwell, co-founder and partner of Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes and a leading vineyard expert in Bordeaux, delivered vivid introductions of selected vineyards suitable for leisure or investment. Lijuan Li, oenologist and wine expert, Director of China market from Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes, gave an interesting talk to guests on how to appreciate and enjoy wines produced from different grapes.

All the guests enjoyed a convivial evening of wine tasting and specially prepared tapas to pair with the wines. Many guests were interested to explore further vineyard investments.

“This is the first time such a private event has been held in Hong Kong where Bordeaux wine and vineyard experts present vineyards investment opportunities to our clients in a cozy and comfortable environment,” said Koh Keng-shing, Chief Executive and Founder of Landscope Christie’s International Real Estate. “The overwhelming response to the event shows Hong Kong and Chinese investors are increasingly turning their focus to unconventional real estate investments. It is very encouraging to see Hong Kong and Chinese investors are more sophisticated and would make foray into areas which 10 years ago were off limit to them.” He added.

Karin Maxwell said, “It is amazing that within just a few years Greater China has become the major source of investment capital in Bordeaux vineyards. Currently there are 83 vineyards in Bordeaux owned by Chinese. In the last 12 months we received on average two parties of Chinese visitors per week looking for vineyards” She pointed out further that with China’s wine market growing at exponential rate, the Chinese are set to become the biggest group of foreign owners in Bordeaux in the years ahead.

“The Chinese investors are making huge impact in many markets, and Bordeaux vineyard market is dominated by them as the country is becoming more sophisticated in wine consumption and investment,” Ms. Maxwell added.