There are plenty of places to find wine in Hong Kong. You can easily nip into Watson’s Wine or event a supermarket to pick up a bottle. But a true connoisseur knows there’s more to wine than just grabbing an average bottle. If you’re an oenophile that prides yourself on having the perfect, boutique bottle for every occasion and having all the right accessories on hand to enjoy that wine to the fullest, you’ll want to know all of these wine shops in Hong Kong.
Just because you’re a wine lover doesn’t mean you want to have to polish off an entire bottle of wine once it’s open. If you prefer to have just a glass or two and keep the rest of the bottle to enjoy later, then the Coravin wine preservation systems are a must-have. There are several models available, each one of which will preserve your wine in the bottle for several weeks at a stretch. The newest model, though, is perfect for regularly enjoying wine at home. Called the Pivot, the system comes with two bottle stoppers and two Argon gas canisters. Simple insert the stopper as soon as you open the bottle and use the Pivot to dispense a glass at a time; the rest will keep for up to four weeks.
If you’re a fan of the wines from France’s Burgundy region, Burgundy etc, in Landmark’s Central building, should be on your radar. With over 1,000 labels instore and more than 6,000 available on order, this is, quite simple, a temple to one of France’s greatest winemaking regions. If Burgundy’s not your thing, though, the store also has premium Champagnes and many, many bottles of Bordeaux wines. Everything is well-organized by apellations, but if you get a little lost, there is knowledgeable staff on hand to help you make a selection.
Shop 108, 1/F, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central, 2812-2009
Australian wines are the focus of this Central shop. Whether you’re after a full-bodied Barossa Valley Shiraz, a crisp Clare Valley Resiling, or an easy-drinking Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley, you’ll find it here. However, the store special is organic, biodynamic, and boutique wines, mainly from the state of Victoria. Nevertheless, an ever-changing rotation of wines means there’s always a new drop from Down Under to discover.
2 Mee Lun Street, Central, 6147-0460, ozterroirs.com.hk
If you like discovering wines no one else has heard of, this is the place to go. The inconspicious space has over 700 labels from all over the world—many of them are natural or biodynamic and come from small producers. The staff here are fully conversant in the wines on offer, so expect a full-on discussion before making a purchase. You can also pick up other supplies to complete your at-home wine experience—think cheese and pâté.
10 Shing Hing Street, Central, 2517-0816, lacabane.hk
When it comes to European wines, France, Italy, and even Spain get all the love. But did you know that Germany, Austria and Switzerland produce some seriously great drops, too? If you’d like to explore some of these lesser-known—but equally delicious—wines, then you’ll want to head straight for this store, which has two locations in Happy Valley and Quarry Bay. White wines are at the forefront here—German Resiling is famous, after all—though there are plenty of other varietals available, too.
Yuk Sing Building, 1-9 Yuk Sau St, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2838-2818, schmidtvinothek.com
This online store is dedicated to premium French wines, primarily from the Bordeaux region. You’ll find all the chateaux here, from Montrose, Palmer, and d’Yquem to Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, and Margaux. If you want to expand your horizons, though, there are plenty of exclusive labels from Burgundy and Champagne, too. This is also one of the few places in Hong Kong where you can get exclusive French wines “En-Primeur,” which is when you purchase the wine while it’s still aging in the barrel, and receive it some two years later.
Online only, millesima.com.hk