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Who doesn’t love a full glass of (green) wine after a long day at the office? Now that you know everything there is to know about organic, biodynamic and vegan wines (for a refresher, try here and here), the next step is where to buy the goods. Green Queen has put together this handy Hong Kong green wine guide. Santé!
Best In Store Experience
With over 90 organic and biodynamic wines, savvy and well-informed sales staff, and handy green stickers to help you identify the most sustainable choices, Winebeast
is the best shop in town to browse for the perfect green vintage. They stock wines from around the world with a focus on Europe and offer various price points including bottles for under HKD 200. Winebeast
also has an online shop complete with a Digital Sommelier
service to help you choose the most appropriate wine for whatever occasion you need and wine pairing suggestions for every bottle, however locating green bottles on line can be tricky. Bonus: they are open every day of the week!
Green Queen Tip: Try their online Digital Sommelier service if you want to widen your horizons. Whilst they do have an online shop, locating the green choices can be tricky- best to visit them in person.
G/F, 49 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai. Monday to Fridays 11AM to 9PM, Saturdays 12PM to 9PM and Sundays 11AM to 8PM.
Best Wine Bar
Celebrating all things French, green and wine-related La Cabane a Vin
is a wine bistro featuring a selection of around 200 organic and biodynamic French wines. Their focus is small yield, family-owned vineyards, which they source directly from the producers. There is no place Green Queen would rather be after a long week than relaxing on a at La Cabane a Vin
, armed with a hangover-free glass of wine (organic wines usually don’t contain sulfites, which are linked to headaches). The servers are incredibly knowledgeable and always recommend the ideal bottle, no matter what the occasion. La Cabane a Vin
also has a cellar further down on Hollywood Road where they host wine tastings and private events- clients are also welcome to stop by and shop for wines during office hours.
Green Queen Tip: Looking to pack a picnic? They also stock a curated selection of artisanal French cheeses and charcuterie.
62 Hollywood Road, Central. Open Mondays to Saturdays 12PM ’til late.
Best Italian Wine
is focused on offering Hong Kongers the best selection of Italian organic and vegan wines. They have a fantastic selection of sulfite-free Italian sparkling wines and also offer a mixed-organic wine case filled with various vintages for the intrepid amongst us – also works great as a gift for that hard-to-shop eco-fanatic in your life. Prices range from HKD 100 to HKD 3, 000 with free delivery for orders over HKD 900.
Green Queen Tip: Hone your wine expertise with The Vineyard’s Winepedia, which has sections on wine making, wine tasting, Italian wines, and organic viticulture.
Best Overall Value
is an online shop that carries organic, biodynamic and low intervention wines exclusively. Their range covers various geographies, from Chile, Australia, New Zealand to Germany and Italy. They stock a very decent selection of wines under HKD 200 and HKD 300, and offer free delivery on orders of 6 bottles or more.
Green Queen Tip: Join Simply Wine‘s wine club for great discounts.
Best for Bubbly
is an online retailer dedicated to organic and biodynamic ‘low interventionist’ wines that have no added sugar, use wild yeast, and are planted and harvested by hand. Their site is very user-friendly (in fact it was our favorite online user experience on the list!) and finding what you are looking for is easy and simple. Their selection of around 40 bottles ranges in price from less than HKD 200 to over HKD 1, 000 with a focus on French vintages with a few bottles from Spain, Germany and Italy as well. The site contains a wealth of information about green wine, a wine glossary and an overview of popular international wine rating systems. Orders over HKD 800 in Hong Kong and Kowloon have no delivery charge.
Green Queen Tip: Cork Culture has an impressive selection of Grower Champagnes – Champagnes made with grapes from a single vineyard- to impress the guests at your next soiree.
Best for Private Events
is dedicated to boutique, artisanal growers that make use of traditional wine making methods like grape picking by hand and grape crushing by foot. Cuvees
‘ vintages are small batch and are distributed by them exclusively. Their website has a handy wine selection tool that allows you to select for vintage year and ratings. Price ranges from under HKD 100 to over HKD 1, 000 with free delivery for over HKD 1, 500- they also offer next-day delivery. They have a fantastic private event space where you can make use of their on-call private chef and enjoy their private cellar collection- they even have karaoke facilities!
Green Queen Tip: Cuvees also offers a private cellar service for those amongst whose vintage wine collection is starting to outgrown the home wine fridge.
30/F, Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Prava Road, Aberdeen. Mondays to Friday 10AM to 6PM and Saturday 10AM to 4PM.
Best for Local
While not organic or biodynamic, The 8th Estate Winery
is Hong Kong’s first and only locally produced wine, made with grapes from across the globe that are flash frozen upon harvest and shipped to Ap Lei Chau, where they follow traditional wine making processes to give the +852 its very own vintages. Locavore-tastic! Bottles range from HKD 100 to HKD 400, and you can order online or pick up at the winery directly. They also organize wine-related events, host private events and offer guided tours.
Green Queen Tip: Purchase one of their used barrels for your garden or make it an ultra-eco chic side table.
Room 302, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Center, No. 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau. Mondays to Fridays 10AM to 6PM.
An earlier version of this post was previously published on Lifestyle Asia