About Grape Wall of China 葡萄围城

Launched in 2007, Grape Wall covers the China wine market: everything from tastings and winery visits to trade news and ‘Q&8s‘ with winemakers, retailers, critics and more, all from a consumerist perspective.

I also write the Grape Wall newsletter: many articles on this website appear there first. Sign up for free here and check out past editions here.

Grape Wall is founder of World Marselan Day. Marselan has spread across China for over 20 years, emerging as a signature grape, while also being used to make wine in two dozen-plus other nations. (We have some pretty good parties!)

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 means ‘besieged city.’ It’s a riff on one of China’s best and funniest novels ‘Fortress Besieged’, in which a man leaves China for Europe to study but fitters 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 had their sights set on getting outside.

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You can also find posts about wine and other alcohol niches in China via my accounts on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Cheers, Jim Boyce
grapewallofchina (at) gmail.com


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