The government has been identifying heritage sites for wine cellars and related activities to boost Hong Kong's fine-wine industry, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said yesterday. 'We are identifying heritage sites that may be used for storage as well as many other wine-related activities, such as a wine school, a wine museum and venues for wine appreciation events,' Mr Tsang said at a lunch organised by the Foreign Correspondents' Club. Saying the conversion of the old munitions depot at Shouson Hill into wine storage facilities and a private club was a good working example of the model, he said Tiger Balm Garden in Tai Hang or the munitions storehouse on Stonecutters Island could also be ideal places. But he ruled out offering preferential land deals for wine storage. Nicholas Pegna, manager director of Berry Bros & Rudd - one of the wine merchants the government has consulted on the issue - said the use of heritage sites for wine storage and activities would include elements that would benefit the community and tourism. 'Logistics, access to the site and tourism are the important elements,' Mr Pegna said. 'It may include a museum, a wine school ... and a wine centre with commentary and wine tasting. 'I do encourage the idea for the public use of old buildings because it is preserving the heritage.' But Kevin Tang Kwok-kit, programme director at the Concord Institute of Wine, said the cost effectiveness and convenience of the location were more important for wine traders: 'It doesn't really need to be a historic site for storing wine.' Another government initiative is to allow wine importers to choose their preferred location for customs clearance from July 1.