CHINA’S WINE PROMISE

The LVMH vineyards in China are overlooked by the Himalayas and are just 35 km from the Tibetan border
The LVMH vineyards in China are overlooked by the Himalayas and are just 35 km from the Tibetan border
The LVMH vineyards in China are overlooked by the Himalayas and are just 35 km from the Tibetan border

Who will make the first wine in China that seriously challenges the world’s finest? Many a Chinese wine producer has that aim, and I have so far tasted a handful of wines (mostly, perhaps coincidentally, made in Ningxia province by women) that have come close, writes Jancis Robinson, in the current issue of Sommelier India. This year I will be making my ninth trip to China and hope to find yet more evidence of the progress being made in Chinese wineries. After all, even by 2012 China was the world’s fifth biggest producer of wine by volume.

But it is the fact that according to some measures China is the world’s single biggest market for red wine that presumably inspired two of France’s most high-profile wine companies to invest directly in China themselves with aim of making a wine to knock the world’s, and then Chinese consumers’, socks off.


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