Chinese Wines, and they’re not fakes
Most people think of Australia, South African, or US when asked about new world wines. These wines are very well known, & have their own unique flavours from the different climates that they are grown in. South African wines, for example, often have their own unique character that makes it distinctive. It has a woodiness and carries a beautiful smoky, sultry, herbaceous character, enveloping the drinker with flavours of dark fruit and cherries.
But there are some other interesting regions out there, such as that of China (say whatttt!). The still young average age of the vines in the region promote more ‘fruit forward’ and ‘food friendly’ wines, but that does not mean there is a lack of quality.
Award Winning Chinese Wines
China in recent years have produced a growing number of award winning wines. They’ve matured from producing ‘technical’ wines that emulate a ‘classic Bordeaux’. Today, Chinese winemakers aim to produce prestigious local varieties, such as a ‘Riesling of Shandong’ and ‘Cabernet of Ningxia’. They even have a local grape variety, the Longyan! Some of these award winnings were widely considered an upset. Many questioned if Chinese wines were in fact re-bottled wines from other regions.
To disprove the doubters, a competition called “Bordeaux against Ningxia” was created. Experts from China and France blind-tasted five wines from each region. Interestingly, four out of five of the top wines were from Ningxia, rivalling the Judgement of Paris
The winemakers have also begun exploring some promising hybrid blends, such as some intriguing crossbreeds such as Beichun (Muscat Hamburg x Amurensis). These blends can be easily paired and enjoy as almost any other wines. Take for example a Xinjiang Cabernet blend with a steak, or a Ningxia Riesling with a Thai curry.
Popularity of Chinese Wines
The reason why Chinese wines are not better known globally is due to the lack of mass consumption domestically. Wines without high local demand will find it difficult to develop a reputation that opens it up to international export. This is partly due to the struggle of pairing wine with local food. With Chinese cuisine, dishes are often served together rather than course by course. The mix of food tastes makes pairing challenging. However, the growing demand for wine is now swaying some top Chinese restaurants to design their menus with wine pairing in mind.
Popular Winemakers in China
If you are interested in trying some Chinese wines, the Ningxia, Shandong and Xinjiang provinces are the most prominent wine regions in China. The unique terroirs verging the Gobi desert and foothills of once impassable mountain ranges make for some of the best conditions to produces high quality wines.
Another vineyard we are obsessed with is Puchang. Located in Turpan Valley near the Tianshan Mountains Basin, also known as the “Fire Island”, Puchang is committed to produce premium wines full of character that reflects the unique climate and local varietal grapes found only in Turpan Valley. A range of wines from Saperavi to their Muscat orange wine shows the evolution and trend wines in China are now leading.
So give some Chinese wines a try, and if you’re interested, write to us if you’re interested to find out more!
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
The Perano estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole and enjoys exceptional climate and soil. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red variety grapes, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase.
Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.