Top 10 most influential women in China’s wine trade

Li Meiyu, wine director of Park Hyatt Beijing

Li Meiyu is a leading sommelier in mainland China’s wine scene, responsible for overseeing wine lists and programmes at Park Hyatt hotel in Beijing.

“I visited Burgundy and fell in love with the wine after tasting about 20 different kinds. One of the best parts of being a sommelier must be the opportunity to travel all over the world and discovering so many styles,” she said.

Studied and trained in France’s CAFA school, Li joined Park Hyatt Beijing in 2011 to work as a sommelier. In the inaugural Best Sommelier Competition for French Wines organised by Sopexa in mainland China, she saw off tough competition and became the first winner.

Li is also one of the first Chinese female sommelier to obtain Advanced Sommelier title, a title till today is only given to nine professionals in mainland China.

Li worked her way up from sommelier to become the wine director at Park Hyatt Beijing, now overseeing wine lists and all wine related programmes.

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