Judy Leissner

A good crop: Grace Vineyard 2008 Vintage Report

February 23, 2009 // 2 Comments

Grace Vineyard in Shanxi province is widely considered to make the best portfolio of wines in China. Courtesy of Grace CEO and Grape Wall contributor Judy Leissner, here is the vintage report for 2008, written by chief wine maker and viticulturalist Ken Murchison. It gives those of us who enjoy trying Chinese wine something to look forward to. – – “Grace Vineyard 2008 Vintage Report “Year 2008 was one the driest on record in the Taigu area of Shanxi province. Only 220 mm of rain fell between June and October. Combined with slightly above average temperatures, it was an ideal […]

Judy Leissner: Two challenges of working with grape farmers

March 6, 2008 // 0 Comments

By Judy Leissner At Grace Vineyard, we spend a major amount of energy working with grape-growing farmers, as we believe wine quality is largely determined by grape quality. Working with the farmers has been both rewarding and difficult. I find that there are two major challenges we face. The first is limited experience. Unlike farmers in Europe , our farmers have no prior experience of growing grapes. As a result, they often apply the techniques they use for growing other crops and it is extremely difficult to change their views, since these have been formed over a lifetime. For instance, […]

Grape Wall of China 2.0: Judy Leissner

November 8, 2007 // 2 Comments

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 my free e-newsletter by emailing beijingboyce@yahoo.com with “sign me up” in the subject line.) Today’s profile: Judy Leissner Main focus: Wine industry “Judy Leissner is CEO of Grace Vineyard, China’s only family-owned boutique winery. She is involved in all aspects of the business, from wine-making […]