Top 10 most influential women in China’s wine trade

Fongyee Walker MW

Fongyee Walker MW became the first master of wine based in China in 2016, joining a prestigious club that has only a little more than 380 members around the globe.

Her talent in wine came to the fore when she led the Cambridge University Blind Tasting team to victory over Oxford in 2004. After moving to Beijing in 2007, Fongyee co-founded Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting, the only approved institute providing the WSET diploma course in Mainland China. Her company was also awarded the ‘Educator of the Year’ by the WSET in 2016.

Fongyee was nominated for WSET Outstanding Alumni Award 2018. Last year she also launched a TV series on Youku.com, China’s version of Youtube, titled “Wok N’ Wine” that attracted 3.2 million views for the series across all platforms in China. The series takes viewers on a journey through the diverse cuisines and remote regions of China, while at the same time explaining how to enjoy the varied flavours of local dishes with a delicious glass of wine in a simple way.

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