By Jim Boyce | Two wines from one of China’s top wineries, Kanaan in the north-central Ningxia region,
will soon beÂ are available at retail chainÂ Dan Murphy’sÂ in Australia. The horse-themed Cabernet-driven blends “Pretty Pony” and “Black Beauty” should beÂ are listed for ~RMB300 and ~RMB650.
Kanaan has risen over the past five years to join veterans like Silver Heights and Grace Vineyard as wineries with quality wine, decent value and good distribution, at least by China wine standards. The winery is run by Wang Fang a.k.a. “Crazy Fang”, who returned to Ningxia in 2011 after living in Germany. She fell in love with the white grape Riesling there, and uses it Ningxia, but is sending her red wines first to Australia.
The move Down Under makes sense given Kanaan is distributed nationally in China by the importers / distributorÂ Summergateâ€”including via its Pudao Wine shopsâ€”that Australian behemoth Woolworths GroupÂ bought in 2014. Woolworths also owns Dan Murphy’s under its Endeavour Drinks group of businesses. Dan Murphy’s also lists other Chinese wines: a Cabernet Gernischt from Inner Mongolia winery Hansen, for rmb120, and a Merlot from DynastyÂ in Ningxia for rmb45.
The Australia listing is just one of many initiatives being pursued by Wang for Kanaan. She says there are already plans to sell wine in Canada via theÂ SociÃ©tÃ© des alcools du QuÃ©bec (SAC), a provincial crown corporation. SAQ has listed Chinese wines from Dynasty and Dragon’s Hollow as well as Tsingtao beer and several baijiu options.
In any case, I receive a steady stream of requests about what Chinese wines to buy and Kanaan’s “Pretty Pony” has a solid spot in my top ten.Â Read one of my Kanaan wine reviewsÂ hereÂ and about my experience connecting customers to Kanaan here.
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