Customs officials have either destroyed or turned back thousands of foreign wines so far in 2016, mainly because of poor labelling, new figures show.
See the fresh infographic on China’s main source of imported wines during the first six months of 2016, and their market shares.
Thanks to more choices available in both online and offline shops, Chinese drinkers are spending more on wine, said Wine Intelligence.
Air-raid shelters in rocky mountains outside shanghai may be a new way for smaller producers to store their wines before making a sale in China. Read the feature and find a chart about the steps a wine needs to take to be imported into China.
The Japan drinks group Suntory intends to sell its premium range of Japanese wines in China, said the head of the group.
Champagne needs to boost its presence in Greater China with online retailers and new educational initiatives, though the region remains cautious about protecting its name online, said head of the official trade body.
A French crossing and the Chinese equivalent to Carmenere are among the likely candidates to become China’s signature wine grape, local experts believe.
Chinese purchases of Bordeaux chateaux have jumped since the beginning of 2016, with many more showing interest, said professionals at Vinexpo HK.
China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, says its first wine sales day is set to attract 100m shoppers and that it is keen to experiment with direct importing.
Northern China’s only free trade zone is set to build a wine exhibition and storage centre to take advantage of rising wine imports to the area, including Beijing.