The first European grape vines in China date as far back as the Han Dynasty almost 2,200 years ago. However it has only really been since the 1980s that China has devoted itself to modern winemaking. In the ensuing years, domestic wine production has expanded immensely, with over 800 million litres of wine produced in 2019. China now has the second largest vineyard area in the world. The most prominent vineyards are located in Ningxia, Xinjiang, Shandong, Hebei, Jilin, Shanxi, and Shaanxi provinces as well as around Beijing and Tianjin.
The fledgling industry was given large amounts of government support and influence, resulting in larger brands dominating the market, routinely filling shelves across the country and dampening the perception of quality wine from China. That said, a number of smaller producers have begun to emerge with a focus on quality terroir-driven wines.
In this bundle, we explore the rise of the Chinese wine industry through three of the leading lights that are paving the way in quality and purity of winemaking. Uncork The Reunion this Chinese New Year.