August 2016 — Ewineasia.com, Singapore’s very first online wine shop, established in 2004 has gone from strength to strength to become the go-to site for wine enthusiasts and collectors alike, who prefer the convenience and comfort of online shopping for well-made, hand-crafted vintages from artisanal producers from around the globe.
From its initial launch carrying labels from just 12 wineries, it is now representing 65 wineries with many of the producers still in partnership since those founding days. Among the longtime partners are, Isole e Olena (Tuscany, Italy), Lis Neris (Friuli, Italy), Pieropan (Veneto, Italy), Nino Franco (Veneto, Italy), Agusti Torello Mata (Penedes, Spain), Bodegas Roda (Rioja, Spain), André Brunel (Rhone, France) and Marc Kreydenweiss (Alsace, France). These and many other wineries have come to trust and rely on the expertise of Ewineasia with its parent company, Alfa International (which supplies to the on-premise trade) in sharing the distinct characteristics of their wines to the Singapore audience.
As Ewineasia.com entered into its 12th year of growth in 2016 with its original website still serving customers well, a push for a website revamp had been put in place since a year before. The concerted aim is to present customers a whole new online experience with a fresh, visual-driven look and more importantly, functionalities that make the browsing experience more intuitive and fuss-free. Customers can now even search for wine recommendations based on the occasion and mood that it is called for. The new interface has gone live since 1 August 2016.
Another important event in Singapore’s wine calendar is the annual Wine Discovery Weekend, conceived as part of Ewineasia’s 10th anniversary celebrations. This third edition will be held over 3 days on 15, 16 and 17 of October 2016 with the anchor Wine Discovery Walkabout Tasting event being held at APS Lifestyle Gallery located off Martin Road (in air-conditioned premises) on Saturday, 15 October.
“Ewineasia.com is about artisanal and family-owned wineries which make wines with passion and philosophy. Come and experience this for yourself at this year’s Wine Discovery Tasting. You can taste more than 100 wine labels from over 40 wineries and we will also have the pleasure of a record 18 vintners and winery representatives being with us. Based around the theme of “Discovering The Exceptional Less-Explored”, this year’s edition will bring to the forefront, the less-understood and the uncommon. To this effect, masterclasses (complimentary to participate) at the Wine Discovery Walkabout Tasting will reflect on 3 different subjects:
Pinot Grigio of Friuli and its Rare Back Vintages
by Federica Pecorari – Winemaker, Lis Neris Winery
The Rise of Organic & Biodynamic Wines
by Marc Kreydenweiss – Winemaker, Kreydenweiss Winery
Fine Wines of España
by Ivan Aquino, Spanish Fine Wine Institute
The presenting speakers are all esteemed winemakers who are highly respected in their field of expertise. Notably among them is Marc Kreydenweiss, who is considered by many to be the ‘God-father’ of the biodynamic winemaking movement. Participants will certainly take away invaluable insights from attending these exclusive sessions” says Susy Santoso, Co-Founder/Director.
~ Wine Discovery Weekend Dining Events ~
In addition to the Wine Discovery Tasting, 3 wine-pairing dining events will also be held at Michelin-starred and prestigious restaurants over the 3 days, where all visiting winemakers will be in attendance:
Wine Discovery Dinner at Shisen Hanten on 15 October
Vino Español Discovery Brunch at Cherry Garden on 16 October
Latin World Wine Discovery Dinner at W Hotel on 17 October
“After 12 years in business, we are very encouraged by the growth we see in our company and we are determined to take the business and the Wine Discovery Weekend to the next level in the future” concludes Susy Santoso.