Introduction

The Chinese have been making wine (with grapes) since the days of the Silk Road (second century BC). Today, China’s wine market is worth around $18 billion a year. The country produces over 600 million litres and imports over 700 million litres of wine annually, making it one of the largest wine producers and consumers in the world. And did you know that China plants more Cabernet Sauvignon than any other country on earth?
As Chinese wines are now making inroads in the global arena, it is an exciting time to discover this ‘New-Old World’ wine producing region, tipped to become the most significant in the world within a few decades!