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09/23/16

Always thinking practically, China believes it's solved the problem of a warming planet that's eventually destroying all of the world's wine. The plan actually went into action last week, when the China National Space Administration blasted a selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir vines up into space aboard the new space lab Tiangong-2. The plants will hang out there in zero gravity until October, when Beijing will send up a team of two researchers to observe any genetic changes for the next 30 days.

09/15/16

The World Trade Organization is going to take enforcement action against China for its domestic support programs. China's programs farmers are costing U.S. wheat producers $650 million to $700 million annually, U.S Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers say.

08/31/16

ProWine China 2016 is experiencing strong exhibitor registration - both for country group pavilions and individual exhibits. Exhibitors from Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Macedonia as well as Moldova, Portugal, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Russia and the U.S. confirmed their participation. The event will be held from November 7 - 9, 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center - alongside FHC China, the country's leading trade fair for imported food

08/04/16

Almost half of wine drinkers in China buy online, making it's the world's largest and fastest growing e-commerce market, suggests a new Wine Intelligence report.

07/25/16

ASC Fine Wines has announced it has acquired the exclusive distribution rights to Californian winery, Delicato for Mainland China.

07/14/16

South Korea and Singapore are the two latest countries to pledge to recognise the Napa Valley name with regards the sale and production of wine.

07/08/16

Not every wine needs a story, but here's one with a doozy to tell. It's called Ao Yun, it's produced near Shangri-La in remote southwestern China, and it's amazingly good. When it's released in the United States in September, it will cost $300 a bottle. Maybe more.

07/07/16

The APEC Model Wine Export Certificate, approved by regulatory and trade officials from APEC member economies, will make it simpler and more efficient to trade wine between them by consolidating their existing certificate requirements into a single certificate usable across the region. Focus now turns to supporting implementation of this voluntary, incentive-based measure.

06/11/16

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has purchased two vineyards in the famed Bordeaux winegrowing region in France - the Chateau Guerry and the Chateau Perenne - for nearly 12 million euros ($13.56 million), the Agence France-Presse reports.

06/07/16

Local exporters have been told China has good intellectual property laws now but a big issue with 'trademark squatters'.

06/07/16

With the world's second largest area devoted to cultivating vineyards, China has for several years been attempting to produce wine for the international market.

06/03/16

Chinese authorities have agreed to protect the legal status of nearly 50 Bordeaux wine appellations in what could prove a landmark deal in the country.

06/02/16

Moët Hennessy's new Chinese wine was 'a logistical nightmare' and far more expensive to produce than anything else in the group's wine portfolio, including Château d'Yquem.

06/01/16

A French crossing and the Chinese equivalent to Carmenere are among the likely candidates to become China's signature wine grape, local experts believe.

05/31/16

Manchester City Football Club fans may be tempted to put down their warm pints of beer and pick up a glass of shiraz after winemaker Wolf Blass inked a multi-year marketing partnership with the famous Premier League team to gain access to its huge fan base throughout Asia, Middle East, Africa and Mexico.

05/27/16

Wine drinkers in Japan are becoming more adventurous and showing an increased interested in wine, according to Wine Intelligence. And, in fact, the country is rated as one of the most attractive wine markets in the world.

05/27/16

Baijiu is now making a comeback. Sales last year rose by roughly 7% (see chart). In a recent report, "The Hangover Fades", Citigroup, a bank, estimates that profits for the three biggest manufacturers of baijiu-Moutai, Wuliangye and Yanghe-have jumped since the second half of last year. The bank also notes that baijiu continues to outperform beer on sales volume growth, "suggesting that Chinese consumers' preference for baijiu remains intact."

05/26/16

Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin.

05/26/16

Competition within China is quite fierce for exhibitors' dollars.

05/18/16

"Asians are ferocious learners of anything they set their heart to. When they do jump on something, like wine, they do so en masse," says Mandy Chan, partner of fine wine importing company Ginsberg & Chan. For Chan, Burgundy now makes up 40% of total sales and they carry nearly 1,000 different Burgundy wines on their list.

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