Jack Ma, billionaire founder of Alibaba and owner of Château de Sours in Bordeaux, has added Château Perenne in Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux to his portfolio of wine estates in the region.
Chinese authorities have agreed to protect the legal status of nearly 50 Bordeaux wine appellations in what could prove a landmark deal in the country.
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.
Aimé Guibert, founder of the renowned Mas de Daumas Gassac wine estate in Languedoc-Roussillon, has died aged 91.
Two Chinese Baijiu (white spirit) producers and one wine distributor have jointly bought the whole share of a wine processing and producing plant in South Australia.
Fresh customs figures shows that China’s wine import figures continue to grow in both volume and value during the first three months of 2016. Australian and Chilean wines leaped in volume, while French wines are showing significant growth in average price.