The Decanter Power List 2013

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42 Paolo Pong (–)
Owner, Altaya Wines, 36
Retailer and restaurateur, Pong is one of the pioneers of fine wine in Hong Kong. He opened Altaya Wines in 2001 as a small wholesale company for private clients. Today it lists 5,000 wines, is agent for more than 75 global wine brands, and offers Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Lafite, Pétrus and Vega Sicilia. In January, Altaya bought Rare & Fine Wines, adding three locations in Sheung Wan, Central and Tsim Sha Tsui to its existing Bordeaux etc, Champagne etc and Burgundy etc shops. Pong also co-owns the Press Room Group of six restaurants.