Exclusive first look inside billionaire Jack Ma’s Bordeaux project


Rumours have flourished since billionaire Jack Ma bought Château de Sours, but what is actually happening? Jane Anson reports on the team's bold plans and winemaking ambitions following a rare estate tour.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived at Château de Sours on a beautifully sunny October morning. It was the beginning of a week where the skies were threatening to turn stormy but the heat from the summer was still evident, the vines green even though their grapes had been picked.

I drove up to the main Château entrance that I was used to from previous visits, before remembering that it is now closed off as the private residence of the world’s 17th richest man, and did a half-turn back to a carpark with a group of under-construction offices.

A small group was waiting for me and within minutes we were sat in a four-seater, open-topped Polaris Ranger embarking on a three-hour drive around the estate.

By turns we walked, or drove, but at no point did we visit a winery or even taste any wine. Instead what I got was an insight into one of the most remarkable projects I have visited in the region.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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