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Consortium: Italian Wines should have Central Command from Hong Kong

Posted: Thursday, 18 October 2012 11:14

Consortium: Italian Wines should have Central Command from HK

October 18: Italia del Vino-Consorzio, one of the several associations and groups formed by the Italian wine producers to bolster their marketing efforts, have exhorted the Italian producers to come together and create a Central Command rather than work as fragmented groups to conquer the complex Chinese market and they should start off from Hong Kong where it is one of several such Associations participating in the HKIWSF being held on November 8-10.

The consortium, with eleven of Italy’s well-known producers from different regions, has announced a word of advice and an invitation to the country’s entire wine sector to formulate a strong and united national strategy in order to conquer emerging markets like China, making joint efforts to promote and educate the potential customers.

This Central Command only can maximize the effectiveness of the several individual initiatives launched in China so far by Italians, according to this consortium.

‘Italy has used extraordinary strength and creativity in the past and conquered many markets where we are well-established and now consider practically our domestic markets. It has been able to make excellent use of the resources at its disposal even in the recent past,’ says Ettore Nicoletto, President of the  Consortium

‘Italy must rediscover the Chinese market which is huge, far-off and a complex market where we have even been all too cautious and wary in the past. It is in the markets of the future, such as China, where we have to strategise over the next few years. Despite the signals we are receiving from consumers, the overall production in Italy is too fragmented for us to be able to obtain significant results. If we start to look at the specific characteristics of the Chinese market, we have to take into account that there is a very high share of consumption of domestic wines and that there is a more consolidated presence of some of our competitors, like France.’

In the way of clarification, it says, ‘China consumed 156 million cases of wine in 2011 (as a perspective, India consumed a miniscule 1.5 million-editor). Out of this, 130 million cases were Chinese domestically produced wine. Of the balance 26 m cases, 8m were of French wine; only 1.4 m were exported from Italy. That’s simply too small a proportion. We must reverse this trend and improve our overall performance. In three years, consumption in China is expected to grow by over 50% to 240 million cases. For this reason we all have to act together and take advantage of this great opportunity that is opening up. Otherwise, we will have only a marginal increase that does not befit the true role and substance of Italian wine’.

How can one realize this opportunity? “The Italian wine sector has to find means to set up a ‘Central Command’ that can launch a global Italian strategy in China, picking up on the positive signals from the market. We must construct an overall image for Italian wines, make consumers more aware of it and educate local sommeliers, restaurateurs and members of the trade. We also have to help Italian producers equip themselves so that they can present themselves properly in the Chinese market. It’s a tremendous effort for a single entrepreneur but we can do it, if we are together.”

The Italia del Vino-Consorzio is participating in the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Show and will also be among the sponsors of the VIP Lounge. This is an important opportunity to present a strong, concerted image of Italian wine.

Banfi, Ferrari, Sartori, Zonin, Gancia, Gruppo Italiano Vini, Marchesi di Barolo, Medici Ermete, Santa Margherita, Drei Donà and Terredora are the eleven members of Italia del Vino-Consorzio.

Italian producers are known to be highly individualistic, almost to the point of being obstinate and narcissistic and are thus very fragmented, just as historically Italy has been a fragmented nation. Apart from each area and region having their own independent Consorzios that defend the complicated appellations and also help market the wines, the producers form their own independent alliances. A producer may be a member of more than one such group or consortium.

Sartori is not only a member of the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella which also promotes wines of Valpolicella including Amarone, but the owner Luca Sartori was the President of the Consortium for 3 years till last year. But interestingly, 12 historical producers of Amarone left the Consortium to form their own association, called Famiglie dell ‘Amarone d'Arte' (Amarone Families). Similarly Zonin is also a founder member of another powerful association - Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia having about 200 members who are elected based on a track record of being consistently successful producers.

Similarly, Yes Grapes Italia is another group of family vineyards and wineries that make wines from their own grapes and stretches beyond Piemonte, its main region of origin. Both these groups are taking part in the Hong Kong International Wines and Spirits Fair to be held from November 8-10. Another Consorzio participating will be Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, the highly respected and active association of Chianti Classico producers . There are many more of such groups exhibiting. For details click here

While it may be a long while before the concept of Central Command is accepted, the national Italian push for a ‘Made in Italy’ concept would hopefully be central to the theme of promotion at all these Italian group pavilions. Brand India would be absent this year but the concept of promoting India as a wine region has been the theme in all such Fairs in which the Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) has been taking part, including Hong Kong.

Incidentally, the international wine competition HKIWSC is also held every year in Hong Kong before the Fair competition; this year it was held from 4-7 October. The results of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will be allowed during the Fair, on November 8. But the Trophy winners were announced yesterday. The trophy for the Best Italian Red Wine has been bagged by the well-known Emilia Romagna producer Umberto Cesari for the Umberto Cesari Tauleto 2006 (Interestingly, the same wine had won a Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards earlier this year).  For the list of Trophy Winners, click here. All Results will be available on their website

A few Indian wineries too had participated in the competition which had a new category ‘Chicken Tikka’ introduced in the popular wine and food section of the competition. While it is not known who entered which wines for both the categories - the same wine may be entered both in the regular competition and the food and wine match category - the Trophy for the ‘Chicken Tikka’ section has been bagged by a Malbec - Sottano Judas Malbec 2009 from Argentina, according to the announcement yesterday.

Subhash Arora

Trophy Winners



Winepine Says:

I don't think Italy should change anything for any market. Italy as a wine producing country is complex (even complicated), unique and highly individualistic. Isn't that part of it's mystique and appeal? Italian wines will do fine in China as they are. The real problem is that even if every square inch of Italy produced wine, there wouldn't be enough cases to completely satisfy that market anyway. In my opinion, sometimes tradition is better to be left alone. Business will come and go, but tradition is priceless.

Posted @ October 20, 2012 12:05


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