Launched in 2007, Grape Wall of China covers everything from winery visits and consumer events to wine reviews and Q&As with trade people, all from a consumerist perspective.
Grape Wall is also founder of World Marselan Day. Marselan has spread across China these past 20 years and is emerging as its representative grape.
The Chinese name of Grape Wall of China is Pu Tao Wei Cheng 葡萄围城.
Pu Tao 葡萄 means grape while Wei Cheng 围城 mens besieged city. It’s a riff on one of China’s best and funniest novels “Fortress Besieged, in which a man goes to Europe to study but wastes his time away, and needing to save face, buys a fake degree and returns home to relationship and career chaos.
The title is based on a French saying that married people want to be single and vice versa. In 2007, when Grape Wall began, the idea was the world wine trade desperately wanted to enter the China market while many here desperately were looking outside.
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Cheers, Jim Boyce
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