Destination News - Europe (Company Overview)
Airguide Online, 2010, July 19.
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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Destination News Europe) Jul 18, 2010 European producers push for fine wines in China Wine-loving China, the world's fifth-biggest consumer, is not known for making top-quality wine but its potential is drawing elite vintners like Spain's Torres and France's Lafite. "We are looking to make the best wine possible, but not necessarily the best wine in the world," said Gerard Colin, managing director of Lafite's wine estate in China. Colin spoke on a hilltop on the Penglai peninsula in eastern China's Shandong province as a bulldozer flattened ochre earth into neatly terraced vineyard plots. Nearby, peasant farmers cleared stones from a future vineyard, masons sculpted the hillside with dry-stone retaining walls and created catchments for natural springs in case of drought. Orchards, peanut bushes and vineyards stretch across the surrounding valleys. A 560-hectare (1,384 acre) no-build zone surrounds the 25-hectare estate. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), China is not only wine-thirsty but is now the world's sixth biggest wine producer, edging out Australia. Jul 13, 2010
- Category: Business & Personal Finance
- Published: 22 September 2011
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- Print Length: 16 Pages
- Language: English