The rise of Chinese wines

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 :

China's ambition to become the world's biggest wine maker


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