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Outback oenology: Making wine in Xinjiang

By Alain Leroux I spent last September and October directing my first harvest in Xinjiang for Hong Liu He winery, in the outer reaches of Western China. I had a very different experience from the 12 years I have spent at Taillan winery just outside Beijing. On one on hand, I have never started with […]

Starting up: Three challenges of a joint venture winery in China

- By Alain Leroux I came to China in 1996 to head the technical side of the joint venture between Bernard Taillan France and Beijing’s Sanyang Group. We have faced many challenges over the past 12 years. Here are three of the biggest in the beginning. The first challenge was human resources. Initially, we built […]

Pruning in Beijing: The battle against cold

- By Alain Leroux  One of the big challenges of making wine in Beijing is pruning the vines. Due to the warmer weather this year, we began pruning at Taillan one month later than usual, starting on November 7 and finishing on November 29. We plant our vines in depressions. This allows for irrigation and […]

Grape Wall of China 2.0: Alain Leroux

Grape Wall of China will soon begin including contributions from ten people involved in the Greater China wine scene as academics, wine-makers, distributors, educators or consumers. To kick things off, I will post a profile each day. (For more China wine info, join the Grape Wall of China group on Facebook and/or sign up for […]

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