China Print


A new super-power in terms of wine, China is really important. The Chinese market for wines, especially top French wines (such as French Bordeaux’s Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite, Chateau Margaux, etc), is growing exponentially. In addition, China is also a major grower of grapes (6th biggest in the world) and producer of wine (8th biggest in the world). Since the 1980s, foreign wine experts have been allowed into China which meant that western-style wines started to be produced and the economic boom of 2000 heightened the popularity of French wines further. Most of the wine produced in China is not exported.

80% of Chinese wine is red, with most being made from local grape types. Only about 10% of grapes are European varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Welshriesling and Chardonnay. The dominant style of red is, according to Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, “…not unlike a very pale imitation of red Bordeaux” (‘The World Atlas of Wine’, Mitchell Beazley, 2007).

The climates of China vary but they are often extreme (including monsoons). The most notable regions are Xinjiang, Hebei, Beijing, Yantai, Ningxia, Shandong Peninsula.