Wines from the 2017 harvest in China's premier winemaking region look set to be fresher and slightly lower in alcohol than last year, but some white wine producers are rejoicing after avoiding the rot that damaged their 2016 crop. Sylvia Wu, editor of DecanterChina.com, reports from Ningxia on the harvest.
A red wine made from a French variety tipped as China’s ‘signature grape’ has won the highest award at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, show results released today (20 September).
China has seen a slowdown in wine imports in the first half of 2017, and there are signs of higher demand for French and Australian wines at lower prices, show newly released Chinese customs figures.
A Hong Kong-based investor has become the new owner of an organic wine château in Bordeaux, according to Christie’s-owned real estate agent Maxwell Baynes.
A total of 72 hectares of vines planted within the Ningxia’s national nature reserve area are set to be pulled out after this year’s harvest, in an effort to protect the ‘natural shield’ of the Helan Mountain East wine region, said Ningxia Wine Bureau.
Sixteen wineries in China are set to be granted an ‘estate wine’ trademark, as part of government efforts to establish official quality standards for those producing wines from their own vineyards.
Chinese ice wines have won three out of the five gold medals awarded to Asian wines at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
China’s wine market is over-stocked and this has caused import growth to slow in the first three months of 2017, according to trade leaders commenting on official figures released this week.
Around 7000 virus-infected young vines were destroyed by Ningxia wine bureau and the local forestry authority last week (6th April), in an effort to protect the bio-safety of China’s young wine region.
New figures show that China imported more wine by volume and value in 2016 versus 2015, with France and Australia leading the way.