I’m in Ningxia this week for Site VinitechÂ and a well-placed source says thatÂ Summergate has inked a deal to distribute wines from well-regarded local project KanaanÂ after a process that has lasted some eight months. If so, Summergate would be the latest in a long line of importers / distributors with national reach signing deals with local producers, including The Wine Republic with Helan Qing Xue of Ningxia, East Meets West with Chateau Nine Peaks of Shandong and Legacy PeakÂ of Ningxia, and China Wine & Spirits with Hansen of Inner Mongolia.
Kanaan has a rep for making decent wines at decent prices, including a dry Riesling, a semisweet Riesling-Chardonnay and several Cabernet-Merlots. You can find some of themÂ here on TRB. Summergate, bought last year by mass Australian retailerÂ Woolworths, handled Chinese wineÂ CataiÂ fromÂ Shandong years ago.
I’ll update when I have definitive news.
If the deal goes through, it should not be too disappointing for other handlers seeking quality Chinese brands given the likes of Tiansai in Xinjiang and Domaine Franco-Chinois have yet to confirm their own distribution deals.
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