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Get ready for Chinese wine.

In Adventures on May 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

The good news about Chinese wine? If other China-made products are any indication, a magnum of tasty Sichuan Merlot will likely retail for $1.95.

The bad news about Chinese wine? Everything else.

I found out about the impending invasion of Chinese wine from a photographer I interviewed once. His name is Janis Miglavs, and he now specializes in vineyard photography. He travels the world focusing on the wine-made landscape, and he’s currently in China.

Yes! China produces wine! In fact, they have more vineyard acreage than the United States. Now you can join Janis on this unusual journey by checking out his blog. He will be posting regularly, so check back often for beautiful images and interesting tidbits.

Turns out Wikipedia has some interesting Chinese wine facts too.

The Chinese domestic market for wine is projected to become the largest in the world in a few decades, even though the current yearly consumption of wine in China is only 0.35 litres per person. In 2008, wine merchant Berry Brothers and Rudd predicted that within 50 years the quality of Chinese wine will rival that of Bordeaux. At the moment, a few large companies, such as Changyu Pioneer Wine, China Great Wall Wine Co., Ltd. and the Dynasty Wine Ltd., dominate the market, with 50 thousand tons of wine produced annually under the Great Wall label; the total production of wine in 2004 was 370 thousand tons, a 15% increase from the previous year. Total market grew 58% between 1996 and 2001, and 68% between 2001 and 2006. Notable wine-producing regions include Beijing, Yantai, Zhangjiakou Hebei, Yibin Sichuan, Tonghua Jilin, Taiyuan Shanxi and Ningxia.

I wonder if Sonoma County is worried?

I wonder if Detroit was worried?

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