Made in China - the story of Chinese wine

Chinese winery and winemakerDespite a long history of winemaking and around 900 working wineries around the country, China is still a relatively unknown region. But it’s a growing force in the market and one to watch.

Chinese wines undoubtedly have a place on wine lists for adventurous customers looking to discover something new and exciting, yet there’s more to these wines than novelty and we are really excited to be pioneering wines from this region.

Ningxia power

Bibendum Buyer Jamie Avenell explains, “Anyone with a keen interest in wine can’t fail to have noticed the rapid development of Chinese wine production. Ningxia is emerging as the star winemaking region and some of its producers are now making wines that can rival quality from much more celebrated and established regions. We are really excited to be pioneering Ningxia wines from a real gem.”

While largely Bordeaux in style, Ningxia is developing its own unique sense of terroir. For Chateau Changyu-Moser XV’s Lenz Moser, this terroir comes through as “a unique kind of Chinese spice” that you don’t find anywhere else. It’s a labour of love, too. While warm and sunny in summer, Ningxia can regularly plummet to -25°C in the winter meaning expert vine care is needed to avert danger in this extreme terroir. It’s early days, but innovative wineries from the area are working hard to develop an essence of Ningxia. It’s an exciting time to start discovering this leading region.

One to watch:

Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Ningxia

Changyu Moser has its roots in 1892, when Chinese diplomat Zhang Bishi imported more than 500,000 vines from the US and Europe, paving the way for modern Chinese wine production. In 2013, 15th generation Austrian winemaker Lenz M Moser V became involved with this historic winery, and launched Chateau Changyu Moser XV. His focus on vineyard management, blending and ageing has taken the quality of these wines to the next level, offering a shining example of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling from China’s Ningxia province.

What our customers say

Rachel Palmer from The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria said, “What an absolute delight the Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon was. A real surprise and very smooth. You can tell the amount of work and effort that has gone into making it right. It has definitely taught me a lesson on being more open to different, new and unusual wine regions.”

For more on this exciting new region and developing a sense of terroir in Ningxia, listen to our podcast with founder of Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Lenz Moser.

29th January 2018

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