By Jim Boyce
Great Wall is part of COFCO, a Fortune Global 500 company, and produces over 100 million bottles of wine per year. COFCO also buys wineries overseas, with relatively recent purchases in Chile and France, sponsors major events, including the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo, and is involved in everything from wine clubs to importing wine to local brands Chateau SunGod and Chateau Junding.
I joined wine maker and professor Li Demei on a trip to the Great Wall operation in Hebei Province, just outside Beijing, a few years ago. Below are eight photos from the journey and of the vineyard. I have two more Great Wall posts coming: one about the cellar and the other about the production facilities.
More Great Wall posts are coming soon…