Here are your essential readings on China’s wine market this week: Chinese president Xi Jinping made a rare visit to Chinese wine region Ningxia last week, while Beijing is pushing to build Hainan as a free trade port like Hong Kong.
While French president Emmanuel Macron gifted Chinese president Xi Jinping a rare Domaine Romanée-Conti 1978 valued around 20,000 euros during his China trip, Xi matched up with arguably one of the best Chinese wines produced today in return.
The inaugural Singapore Wine Pinnacle Awards gave a nod to top quality Chinese wines, of which Ningxia in northwestern China nabbed three nominations including two by the country’s leading family-owned boutique winery Silver Heights.
The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) has announced that it will host the next General Assembly in China, which is expected to give a boost to China’s wine making profile among the world’s best sommeliers.
Although China now ranks as the world’s 7th biggest wine producer, and the second biggest holder of land under vine, its wines however failed to impress Eric Asimov, wine critic at The New York Times, calling the wines “derivative”.