Best-selling wines in Asia’s top hotels

This week we highlight the drinking preferences of consumers around Asia by conducting a simple survey: We asked the F&B teams of various top hotels in Asia to tell us what is their best-selling wine. We are pleased to find diverse results among the properties and note the popularity of New World wines which are increasingly gaining favour among Asian drinkers for their value for money.

Hong Kong: Peninsula Hong Kong

Captioned as the “legendary luxury hotel with harbour views”, Peninsula Hong Kong has long enjoyed a loyal group of affluent residents and tourists with an appreciation for wine. The most popular red is Château Lynch-Bages 2001 sold at HK$2,500 and for the white wine category, the Peninsula Chardonnay “La Cruz Vineyard” 2007 from Keller Estate in Sonoma Coast sold at HK$780.  

Hong Kong: Langham Place Hotel

In this newly established cellar and tasting room,  Langham Place Hotel offers more than 350 wines from over 90 regions. Currently, the hotel’s best-seller is Kaesler “Stonehorse” Shiraz 2006 from Barossa Valley, Australia, which is sold at HK$420.

China: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

At Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, with mesmerizing night views of the Bund and Huangpu River, guests prefer Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (priced at RMB$1,050/ HK$1,240) as their red wine of choice. 

Taiwan: The Landis Taipei, Tin Xiang Lou

Guests of this high-end boutique chain with 7 establishments around Taiwan share mainland China’s preference for French wines. However, their best-selling wine is the Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon with French parentage: Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos 2009, sold at NT$1,900 (HK$500).

Korea: Banyan Tree Seoul, Granum Lounge

Korean love full-bodied reds and along with reds from France and Chile, American wines have a strong following. Here at Banyan Tree Seoul, guests most often order wines from Napa producer Clos Du Val which sells at ₩100,000 (around HK$692) at Granum Lounge.

Singapore: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

This ten-year old hotel that blends heritage and contemporary style in Singapore has won the hearts of global travellers and locals. It was recently voted one of the top hotels around the globe in Travel + Leisure magazine’s survey. Guests top pick is 2008 Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, which is priced at S$108 (around HK$657).

Thailand: Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa

Guests from Bangkok Marriott favour refreshing fruity picks from South Australia — their favourite white is Matau Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand which is priced at THB $3,100 (around HK$787) and favourite red is Wolf Blass “Yellow Label” Cabernet Sauvignon, priced at THB $2,700 (around HK$685).

India: The Leela Kempinski Mumbai

Combining luxury and Indian allure, the Leela Kempinski hotel in Mumbai is at the centre of a growing population of emerging Indian wine lovers. The best selling wine here is Joseph Drouhin’s Aloxe-Corton 2008, sold at Rupee$6,000 (around HK$1028).