|Privately owned company|
| Mr. Li Ka-shing |
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Watson's Wine is wine retailer in Hong Kong and a member of the A.S. Watson Group (ASW), a wholly owned subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). They offer a comprehensive selection of fine wine, spirits, accessories and cigars. With vintages sourced directly from over 20 countries, Watson's Wine lists over 2,000 different wines, more than 400 of which are "exclusive" and cannot be found elsewhere.
A distinctive feature of each retail store is the Fine Wine Room containing over 300 different vintages ranging from the top Chateaux from Bordeaux to emerging New World Classics from around the world.
Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne in the Gironde department in Southwestern France.
The New World is one of the names used for the majority of Earth's Western Hemisphere, specifically the Americas, and Oceania.
All wines are temperature controlled, 24 hours per day, both in the stores and the state-of-the-art wine warehouse, ensuring the provenance of all wines are perfectly maintained when they reach the customer.
Provenance is the chronology of the ownership, custody or location of a historical object. The term was originally mostly used in relation to works of art but is now used in similar senses in a wide range of fields, including archaeology, paleontology, archives, manuscripts, printed books and science and computing. The primary purpose of tracing the provenance of an object or entity is normally to provide contextual and circumstantial evidence for its original production or discovery, by establishing, as far as practicable, its later history, especially the sequences of its formal ownership, custody and places of storage. The practice has a particular value in helping authenticate objects. Comparative techniques, expert opinions and the results of scientific tests may also be used to these ends, but establishing provenance is essentially a matter of documentation. The term dates to the 1780s in English. Provenance is conceptually comparable to the legal term chain of custody.
It opened its first store in International Finance Centre, Central, Hong Kong in 1998. It is now the largest specialist wine store in Hong Kong, which has 20 retail stores in Hong Kong, 2 retail stores in Macau and an online shopping site .
The International Finance Centre is a skyscraper and an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong's Central District.
Central is the central business district of Hong Kong. It is located in Central and Western District, on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, across Victoria Harbour from Tsim Sha Tsui, the southernmost point of Kowloon Peninsula. The area was the heart of Victoria City, although that name is rarely used today.
Macau or Macao, officially the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With a population of 653,100 and an area of 32.9 km2 (12.7 sq mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world.
All staff in the stores are trained on their wine knowledge and required to pass the "Wine & Spirit Education Trust" courses.
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The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, often referred to as WSET, is a global organisation which arranges courses and exams in the field of wine and spirits. WSET was founded in 1969, is headquartered in London and is generally regarded as one of the world's leading provider of wine education. In 2016, it opened its first international office, WSET Asia Pacific, in Hong Kong in response to high demand for wine and spirit education across Greater China.
The Watson's Wine Club which offers members a number of benefits including rewards with purchase, a regular wine magazine, invitations to wine tastings and events as well as exclusive benefits with a number of loyalty partners.
In 2007, Watson's Wine was named "Best Retailer" in Hong Kong's wine industry by Wine Business International, a global wine business publication in recognition of its outstanding performance.
In August 2007 Watson's Wine opened a store-within-store concept at the Venetian, Macau in partnership with travel retailer Nuance-Watson. The wine section offers guests at the biggest casino resort complex in Asia an excellent selection of fine wine and professional service.
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