Date an MW: 2008
Based in: Hong Kong
A Hong Kong resident for 30 years, Debra Meiburg is an award-winning author, TV personality, international speaker, and a leading voice in wine education in Greater China. Debra was named Entrepreneur of the Year (Women of Influence) by the South China Morning Post & the American Chamber of Commerce as well as ranked 7th Most Powerful Woman in Wine by The Drinks Business magazine. Debra is wine consultant for Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair and in 2016 appointed incoming Chair of the Education Committee for the Institute of Masters of Wine. Debra is producer and host of several documentaries and TV shows, including Taste the Wine which is broadcast in 26 countries, as well as Grape Moments, a video series broadcast via taxis to 70 million monthly viewers in China. She also hosts an online video series called Meet the Winemaker and has a monthly column in the South China Morning Post, among other publications. She judges many wine competitions annually and co-founded the world's first truly pan-Asian wine competition, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition. Her suite of award-winning wine educational books and tools are currently distributed on four continents and her five-volume book series, Debra Meiburg's Guide to the Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Taiwan Wine Trades, has firmly established Debra as a key voice in the Asian wine trade.