~ By Jim Boyce ProWein is a massive annual German wine show with huge tents, oodles of oom-pah-pah bands and voluptuous leiderhosen-clad servers walking about with fistfuls of dangerously full glasses. Actually, to be honest, I haven’t been to this event, and I might be confusing it with Oktoberfest, but what is important to this post is what is happening the day before ProWein. German publishing house Meininger’s will hold a one-day wine conference on March 23 that will include quite a bit of China content. The afternoon session, starting at 2 PM, will be dedicated to “The Chinese Market” […]
By Li Demei – Wine makers and companies in China face many challenges. Here are three things they could do to improve their wine. 1. Wineries need to focus on improving viticulture, that is, the quality of their grapes, rather than simply relying on buying good equipment. Many producers buy their grapes through contracts with farmers. This doesn’t tend to work because the farmers are paid by weight and thus the focus is on quantity, not quality. Many producers also buy bulk imported wine and blend it with their own, thus raising the issue of whether the wine is “Chinese.” […]
By Li Demei – While many people are aware that China produces a great deal of wine, few know about the challenges facing grape growers and wine makers in different parts of the country. Here is one pro and one con for each of the main wine regions. Northwest (Xinjiang, Ningxia, and Gansu) Pro: Summers tend to be hot and dry, so the grapes have higher sugar content and fewer problems with disease than in coastal regions, though they sometimes lack acidity. Con: Winters are extremely cold, thus even burying the vines may not stop a relatively high percentage of […]
Li Demei is joining the group of contributors at Grape Wall of China, a nonprofit site that brings wine consumers, distributors, makers, academics and consultants together to talk about the country’s wine scene. Li has been heavily involved in China’s wine scene as a wine maker, consultant, writer, and speaker. A graduate of ENITA in Bordeaux, he is secretary of the China Viticulture & Enology Association and has long been associated with Sino-French Demonstration Vineyard, considered by many to make some of the best wines in China.