Alibaba Group is partnering with Wine Australia to drive sales of Australian wine at the third annual 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival on 9 September 2018.
The online festival brings more than 100,000 international wine and spirit brands to 576 million Chinese online consumers through business-to-consumer marketplace Tmall.com.
A highlight of this year’s festival is an enhanced Wine Australia flagship store showcasing an increased range of popular Australian wine brands.
It offers consumers significantly more choice, including links to the Australian wines available through the Tmall stores of Treasury Wine Estates, Casella Family Brands, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and ASC Fine Wines Limited.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the Australian government is backing this strategic partnership through the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.
“Online retail has revolutionised the way that people shop so it’s critical that the Australian wine sector has an online presence which promotes our brands in a genuine way.
“It’s opening up commercial opportunities for our wineries and building on a year of strong growth for Australian wine in the Chinese export market,” he said.
With Chinese consumers developing a taste for Australian wine, exports to China are at an all-time high.
Wine Australia’s most recent Export Report shows exports to China grew by 55% in value to AUD$1.12 billion and 47% in volume to 184 million litres in the last year.
In an effort to drive awareness in the lead-up to the festival, specifically amongst China’s emerging wine drinkers, Alibaba and Wine Australia will bring the famous Chinese Chufei Churan twins to Tmall.com.
Chufei (Yoni) and Churan (Joyce) will visit Australia and share their experiences with their one million plus followers as they experience Australia’s unique wine culture.
Itinerary highlights include a visit to Sydney Fish Markets for fresh oysters and sparkling wine and a wine-inspired dessert degustation created by former MasterChef contestant Reynold Poernomo at KOI Dessert Bar. The twins will also visit some iconic wineries in South Australia to savour their famous wines.
Maggie Zhou, managing director of Alibaba Group in Australia and New Zealand said a review of recent purchasing trends via Alibaba’s platforms revealed significant growth in imported wine purchases from China’s young generation.
“Upon further research, we found this group of young emerging wine drinkers are more experimental with their product choices and therefore more likely to purchase a unique wine from Australia.”
Zhou concluded that it was this recent trend that resulted in their decision to engage the Chufei Churan twins to promote Australia’s diverse wine offering over the duration of the festival.