China

China

There is archaeological evidence that wine was first produced in China around 212 B.C. In that past twenty years, China’s wine production has evolved into a robust industry, and has earned it recognition in the international world of wine as a global player. China accounts for approximately 3% of global wine production and there are about 450 wineries in China. There has been a dramatic shift towards the consumption of wine by Chinese consumers and it is currently ranked as the 5th wine consuming country in the world.

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What is being said about Asian Wine Production?

This year has been an exciting one for Chinese wineries. With greater investment and planning particularly in the regions of Xinjiang and Ningxia, the industry is looking to professionalise increasingly. A wider range of styles that target the emerging young urban consumers is becoming available, such as semi-sweet rosés and sparkling wines made by local wineries. Of course, the traditional Bordelais style was still ever present with the launch of luxe labels by well-known international corporations who now make wine in high-altitude Yunnan – this style scooping many of the awards in international compeitions. However, Shiraz and Chardonnay are fast becoming contenders, produced by smaller or independent wineries.

Economic Facts

Population

1,367,485,388

Export of Goods

USD 391,977(2015)

Country Size

9.6 millon km2

Import of Goods

USD 267,147(2015)

Legal Drinking Age

18 years old

% Change in GDP Growth Rate 2015-2016

6.3%

Wine Industry Facts

Annual Wine Production

1.2 billion liters

Annual Per Capita Wine Consumption

1.12 liters

Number of Wineries

450

Top Wine Export Market

Hong Kong, Australia, France

% of Wine Consumption Growth

318%(from 2004 to 2013)

% of Global Wine Production

3%(2016)

VARIETALS

RED VARIETALS

Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Merlot

WHITE VARIETALS

Chradonnay
Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Regions of China

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