Introducing Panda Wines at the London Wine Fair
They will be on stand at the London Wine Fair, this is an exciting opportunity to know a bit more about Chinese wines.
Panda Wines was founded by Michael Sun and his wife Meiyu Li. Michael’s background in sales and marketing, complements Meiyu Li’s skills as wine buyer, in creating their innovative business, importing Chinese wines to the UK. Meiyu Li holds a position of high esteem in China as their first female advanced sommelier. Her training included working in Bordeaux, as well as in the UK at Le Gavroche and Medlar restaurants. Her combined international and Chinese wine knowledge provides an excellent position from which to access and select the best of the wines China has now begun to offer.
There is an ancient tradition of vine growing in China, but the major expansion in plantings purely for wine making is a very recent development. New vineyards include international varieties, planted alongside many existing indigenous varieties, crosses and hybrids originally grown for alcohol or as table grapes. There have been many historical and external cultural influences along the way, which have played their part in shaping the current and future development of what is now acknowledged as an exciting emerging, wine region.
One of the major considerations in Chinese winemaking, in the vastness of the country itself and not least the serious challenges posed by the climate and terrain. The main vine growing regions are spread across northern China, the majority of which are influenced by extreme continental climate conditions, necessitating that the vines are buried each winter as protection from the cold, without which they would not survive.
Here are some of the producers whose wines you will be able to find at Panda Wines stand:
- Rongzi Winery is in the Shanxi region in central northern China. Vines are grown at high altitude. The winemaking here is overseen by Jean-Claude Berrouet, previously winemaker at Château Pétrus.
- Martin Winery is in Huailai region which is in the Hebei province in eastern central China (east of Shanxi). Grape growing is at around 750m and the province does gain some benefit from costal influences although the region also suffers from monsoons.
- Tiansai Winery is in the Xinjiang region in the far northwest of China. At 1250m it is surrounded by on three sides by the southern foothills of Tian Shan Mountains. The vines are grown organically on barren, sandy soils, fed by snow melt water.
- Bolongbao Winery is in Fangshan region in the suburban south west of Beijing, in north east China. The winery was established in 1998 and is regarded as China top organic winery. Bolongbao winery’s owner lived in France for some time and consequently has a strong affiliation with French wine-making techniques reflected in the creation of a Mediterranean blend for their white.
- Sanhe Winery is in Huanren region in Liaoning Province in the Southern Changbai Mountain range in the far north east of China, near the border with Korea. The Vidal vineyards are1km from the beautiful Huanlong Lake.
Taste you way through China wines with Panda Wines at #LWF19