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May 30, 2022 View:

Chinese wines are being added to more wine lists

It's easy to forget that wines from Australia and other new lands, such as California's Napa Valley, didn't enjoy the prestige they do today until not long ago. It takes time to make good wine, says Gilder, an American sommelier who works in a Singapore restaurant.

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However, most ambitious winemakers in China have only started growing grapes in the last decade or two, while at the same time the tastes of Chinese drinkers have diversified. Today, China is the fifth largest wine consumer in the world.

Western-style wine production in China has been on the rise for the past 20 years as domestic demand grows and is encouraged by the government. Forty percent of mainland China"s wine production now comes from Shandong province on the Pacific coast. This is at the same latitude as the famous Bordeaux region of France and produces similar styles of wine.

Ningxia is also making acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines. This arid region is one of the poorest provinces in China, and the local government is encouraging farmers to grow grapes to increase their income. Today nearly a quarter of all Chinese wine is made from grapes grown here.

Most of the wines made in China are sold in the domestic market, and so far there has been little demand outside the country, even within Asia. But El Cantara, beverage manager at the St. Regis Singapore, said we are working on adding some (Chinese wines) to our wine list.

Connoisseurs around the world are starting to take notice of wines from China, and in 2019, Chinese red and white wines won seven gold medals at the world's largest wine competition, the Pinot Noir World Wine Competition. As more wine drinkers' interest is piqued, we will certainly see Chinese wines become a regular feature on restaurant wine lists and in collectors' cellars in the coming years.