October 4, 2012

China wine imports: Will the market shrink in 2012? Plus, more on Spain…

October 4, 2012 // 3 Comments

By Jim Boyce Those used to getting drunk on massive growth when it comes to wine imports in China are finding the numbers for the first half of 2012 to be quite sobering. First, a few weeks ago I wrote that stats from China Customs showed wine imports from Spain were characterized by high volume and low value, and thus it was no surprise that country might be among those singled out for providing unfair subsidies — see The Spain Drain. (I never claimed there were any such subsidies, only that the numbers stood out.) At the time, I only […]

Over the Hill in China: It’s Grace vs Glory for Australia’s Henschke

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

With some free time due to the mid-Autumn festival, I tidied my desk last night and came across a brochure I got at the Topwine fair held in Beijing last June.  The brochure is for the South Australia brand Hill of Glory. If you are thinking, “Hmmm, that sounds pretty close to Hill of Grace from Henschke, which is also from South Australia”, give yourself a pat on the back. In fact, the brochure claims a clear link between said wine and winery. From the brochure (my highlights): “Among the Australian wine[s], there are two brilliant diamonds. One is Grange […]