Hong Kong has further cemented its position as Asia's wine hub, after being chosen to host Vinexpo Asia-Pacific in 2010.

Show organisers announced today (21 October) that they had unanimously agreed to return to Hong Kong, following a successful expo there earlier this year.

Vinexpo Asia-Pacific is held on alternate years to sister wine fair Vinexpo, which is based in Bordeaux and is considered the largest wine fair in the world.

Hong Kong authorities abolished duty tax on wine this year, as part of their strategy to present the territory as a gateway to Asia's growing wine markets, and particularly China.

"The latest business indicators all show that Asia is one of the most promising markets in the world and that the industry has confidence in its growth," said Vinexpo's Overseas Supervisory Board.

Hong Kong authorities launched their own International Wine Fair this summer, and claimed they had attracted 8,700 trade visitors. Next year's show will be held in November, a more convenient time for US and European visitors, organisers said.

Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2010 will be held on 25-27 May.