Rebirth of an Ancient Tradition
Ritual wine beaker (ku),
from the Shang Dynasty
making is a skill that seems to grow in the vinyards of France.
Other countries also make wines, but the heavyweights for decades
have been Champagnes and Bordeaux with a few other wines from
Western European countries filling in the gaps.
newer wine growing regions in the USA, Canada and Australia
have settled into contention for some of the prizes at exhibitions.
Even South America and Africa are beginning to make
China? Is there even such a thing as Chinese
answer may surprise you. China began turning grapes into wine
during the Shang Dynasty. That was from the 16th century B.C.
to the 11th century B.C.— long before Europeans were master
modern China the secrets lost centuries ago are being unlocked
Since 1994 China has put an emphasis on developing its
wine market. By the end of 1995, there were over 240 wineries
in China. Today, China (including Hong Kong) is among the top ten global markets for wine consumption and, after
a few years' of importing vines and setting up modern wineries,
China can finally claim a number of recognized labels, such
as Changyu, Dynasty, and Great Wall.
quality Chinese wines made to match international standards
for premium wines are finding greater acceptance. Labels such
as Huadong’s Chardonnay and Huaxia Dry Red, Changyu’s
Cabernet, and Beijing’s Dragon Seal are a few examples
of wines locally made wines catching on.
A modern view of Dynasty vineyards located in Jixian in Tianjin, China
beer is still much cheaper and more popular in most areas of
China, the demand for wine is growing. In Shanghai, Guangzhou,
Beijing, Chengdu and other more developed cities wine is becoming
the fashionable drink. Luxury hotels, bars and casinos serve
imported wines and are beginning to add domestic brands to their
Over the past few years, the
French and Australian wine industries have been exporting wine
and even providing grape juice to make wine while the Chinese
wine industry got on its feet. Now, with more land devoted to
growing grapes and with skilled wine masters on hand, it won't
be long before China is once again a center for quality wines.
Chiff.com Travel Directory Staff
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