Let’s start with some figures. China is today the:
#1 red wine drinker in the world (80% Chinese red wines).
#5 wine importer
#7 wine producer (90% red wine)
China grows many different types of grapes
Many of them are a fusion between Europeans, Americans and Chinese varieties. Below are the blends most commonly produced in China:
Ningxia - Bordeaux blends featuring Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Cabernet Gernischt
Hebei - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay
Shanxi - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France
Tianjin – Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Italian Riesling, Muscat
Yunnan - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay
Old world meets new world:
Marselan is a French grape that aroused from the crossing between the Cabernet Sauvignon
et the Grenache. Thanks to it’s slow ripening and its good yield potential it grows very well
in different regions of China such as the Xinjiang and Hebei that have proven they can
produce Marselan wines with extraordinary complexity.
Today, a couple of large producers dominate the domestic market (Great Wall, Changli,
Dynasty Wine Company…). These producers primarily focus on lower-quality wines and
higher-yielding grape varieties. But in the past decade, smaller producers in regions like
Ningxia are now producing world-class Bordeaux blends.
It’s no doubt that Chinese wines will impress more and more in the coming years. We are
very much looking forward to see what out judging panel think of them this year!
Look at this video if you want to know more about China's ambition :