There have surged recent complaints from Chinese wine producers regarding the introduction or “dumping” of European wine on the Chinese market! However, many were unaware of the existence of Chinese wine in the first place!
For years Chinese wine was considered as being of an extremely low quality. However things have appeared to have changed around with them now winning worldwide recognition. So much so that respected wine critic Jancis Robinson named winery ‘Jia Bei Lan’s’ Grand Reserva 2009 as one of the two “most promising”wines she had tasted on a trip to the region.
Apparently many wineries that found it hard to produce wines that even tasted nice, are now struggling to keep up with the high demand for their produce. Judy Liessner, Chinese owner of Grace’s vinyard had a similar history.
The problem of China’s short start had been put towards the fact that China has a shortage of quality wine grapes. Meaning many wines are filled with low-end grapes that aren’t sweet enough to produce those yummy and interesting wine flavours.
China has been named the world’s eighth largest wine producer and expected to be the sixth largest by 2016 and Waitrose supermarket started featuring chinese wines in 2012, becoming the first UK supermarket to stock Chinese wine. The wine is Changyu Cabernet Gernischt and is described as a “spicy, aromatic and juicy red” and will go on sale for £9.99 ($15 USD).
A cute blog to get reading up on wine in china is Grape wall of China.