We at Ideal Wine Company have frequently blogged about the rise of China as a wine-superpower in the past. However, there is now one remote region of the world’s largest country by population that has caught the imagination and tantalised the taste receptors of connoisseurs across the globe.
China’s Liaoning Province is rapidly making its mark on the map as a producer of top wines. Located a 10-hour drive north-east of Beijing, the province is victim to some of China’s harsher climates – particularly at this time of the year.
However, the Liaoning Province is home to some of the country’s best wines and is known as the “ice wine country.”
Ji Hongyan helped shed some light as to how this moniker came to be: “Every year at January, we pick the grapes. We leave them hanging on the vine late into the winter so that the water evaporates and sugar accumulates making the perfect ice wine.”
Wine fit for a Queen
Wine has become a serious business in the area and is rapidly transforming the local economy.
6000 miles away from Liaoning in St James Street in London, Queen Elizabeth II’s wine merchant now stocks a number of Chinese wines, including those squeezed from Mrs Ji’s grapes; Mrs Ji was unsurprisingly delighted at the thought that Queen may have drank some of her wine.
The fact that Chinese wine is becoming more and more recognised across the globe is a testament to China’s rapid rise in the world of wine.
The Chinese have been investing heavily in wine for some time now and it seems they are starting to reap some of the rewards. Whilst it’s unlikely that the Liaoning Province will become the next Bordeaux, it seems as if wine-making in China will continue to go from strength to strength.