China, we know, is full of surprises, so why should anyone cock a brow when they learn that one of the grandest and most opulent Bordeaux-inspired winery constructions in the entire country shares its name with a 15th-generation Austrian maker of grüner veltliner?
Welcome to Château Changyu-Moser XV, a stunning €70 million construction located in the now-sprawling region of Ningxia. It’s the proud, ambitious project of China’s oldest and largest wine producer.
Its consultant winemaker is the energetic and engaging Lenz Moser, who for the past five years has been responsible for making Changyu’s wines and taking them to the world.
Even before their partnership, Moser had a relationship with Changyu’s winemaking team. Changyu was fighting the odds to sell Moser’s Austrian white wines in China while Moser was trying to distribute their wines in Europe.
Then, in Moser’s words, Changyu’s chairman expressed frustration that the company hadn’t achieved a breakthrough in Europe, and both agreed that quality was the issue. The chairman asked why couldn’t Moser make a wine from Changyu’s finest fruit to take to the world? The ambition was thus forged and the agreement was made.
The first Changyu-Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 2015 from 2013 vintage. Since he stepped into the lead role, Moser has refined the wine – the 2016 vintage that I tasted married plushness and polish with genuine elegance and shape. Its backbone is fine and supple, and with the small berries at his disposal, he expects to build more structure in the future.
“Ningxia is extremely dry and I’m working with the smallest cabernet fruit I have ever worked with,” says Moser. “We get great skin-to-juice ratio, and the thick skins have an abundance of flavour, colour and tannins. We’re at 1,100 metres altitude and only get 150 millimetres of rain annually, so it’s all irrigated.
“The one and only challenge is that we need to bury the vines over winter, burying in November to around 30 to 40 centimetres of soil and unburying in March. We grow the canes at about 45 degrees to the vertical so at least we don’t have to bend them over 100%, which would increase the chances of them snapping. Given all that, since about 2009, I’ve been convinced this might be the hotspot of winemaking in China.”
The upside to burying is that you control the timing of budburst through the unburying process. The estate has around 60 hectares of cabernet sauvignon and access to another 200 hectares of nearby vineyards planted to cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz among others.
The soils are around 60 to 70 centimetres of sandy loam and Moser is dead keen to “exploit their terroir and possibilities to the max”. With only around 10 to 20 days of what you can really call autumn, Ningxia presents unique challenges, typically related to achieving full late season ripening and true phenolic ripeness.
Moser, however, reckons his fruit gets the same hang time or longer than that in Bordeaux, saying his biggest challenge was to get the vineyard workers to harvest after the Moon Festival holidays in early October.
In March last year, Moser travelled the world to launch the 2016 Purple Air Comes From The East Cabernet Sauvignon. At the time of writing, I was yet to taste this wine, which was limited to just 6,300 bottles, so I couldn’t say if it’s on the same plane as the Shangri-la, LVMH’s Ao Yun, or Helan Qingxue’s Baby Feet cabernet-based wines – the finest I have seen from China to date. But I’m thinking I’m in for a pleasant surprise.
And Lenz Moser’s other piece of hot news? He’s now planting grüner veltliner.
This coming week’s launch of a new €150 red wine from China’s Château Change Moser XV shows just how far the Chinese wine industry has come, notwithstanding the direct and indirect impact of the coronavirus. Although the release of Purple Air Comes From the East has had to be scaled back in size it is still a significant moment in the history of Chinese wine, an industry that has been growing at a fantastic pace and improving in quality year-on-year. Mike Turner talks to Lenz Moser about his joint venture winery, about managing the tannins of the region, and coping with some of the quirks that inevitably come with making wine in such a distinctive and individual country.
‘Behind the Label’ – 2018 Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blanc de Noir, Helan Mountain Range, China.
"Although this wine is labelled as a Blanc de Noir, or white wine made from red grapes, it is actually rosé coloured and this hint suggests that the flavour and palate are fuller flavoured than expected. This is my favourite Chinese rosé and it a rich, main course style with a gorgeous red rose nose and plummy palate and it would work wonders with the Fish curry recipe."
The full, luscious ice wine Changyu Golden Icewine Valley Liaoning 2017 (93 points) from the far north of China added diversity to our list, with immense concentration, tons of pure dried fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
"Deep Gold hue. luscious dried pineapple, honeyed apricys mangoes and honeysuckie. Huge concentration of pure, dried fruit. Mouthwatering acidity balances the waxy texture and sweetness and seduces you into drinking more. Delicious! Drink or hold."
I attended the Chateau Changyu Moser XV Master Class at the Shangri La Hotel in Toronto February 20 2020. Organized by Von Terra, the Master Class was hosted by Austrian winemaker and proprietor Lenz Mozer. We tasted four wines he produces in Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Ningxia, China's best wine growing region. Chateau Changyu Moser XV is the only winery in China to make a red, white and rosé from Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lenz is a great storyteller, telling us about the history of the Chateau and the history of wine making in China while we tasted his delicious wines. Although there are no local varietals, there is a lot of red wine produced and consumed in China but “nobody wants to do winery management in China,” he said.
I truly enjoyed Lenz’ philosophy of “minimal manipulation of grapes” – in other words, let the grapes unfold and give the type of wine it’s supposed to give. I also loved Lenz’ attitude of “wine is to have fun”. I especially adored his answer to someone who asked “What do you pair the Blanc de Noir with?” and he responded “You pair it with everything!” – and that’s how it should be: no snobbism with wine – just have fun with it!
We got to try the wines with great appetizers from the Shangri La Hotel such as tuna nigiri and beef sliders. Thank you for the great event Von Terra!
The four wines we tasted are available at the LCBO:
“'Persistence is everything in our trade. Never be afraid to keep repeating the same message, because it can sometimes be decades before you reach the final consumer'”
Lenz Moser is both a wine maker and a marketing man. While many wine makers fly around the world tasting their wares. Not many have had formal training in marketing and such a long glittering career in the trade. We talk to Lens about his golden rules for marketing wine. We also touch on his family inventions and carrier wine.
Lenz Moser talks to us about Chateau Changyu Moser XV, one of the top wineries from Ningxia and one of China's new rapidly growing regions.
Chateau Changyu Moser XV is a partnership between Changyu, one of China's big producers, and Lenz Moser and Austrian winemaker. With a huge investment in the winery and impressive Chateau building, Chateau Changyu Moser XV is striving to become a top tier wine from China.
Chris Scott talks to Lenz Moser about how the project began and and about Ningxia (ning-sha) which Lenz calls the Napa of China.
‘An ok wine is not good enough. When you make wine from a new appellation like China, especially Ningxia, you have to 'wow', you have to enthuse people. That's why Chateau Changyu-Moser XV has been out on the map in 40 countries including China. We have the surprise element and we are also living up to the expectation that Ningxia makes 8/10 of the best wines in China.’
Leading Ningxia winery Château Changyu-Moser XV has released what it claims is the world’s first white Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French barriques.
The unusual wine, which spends a year in French oak, was made at Changyu’s estate in northwest China from the free-run juice of small, thick-skinned Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested from 12-year-old vines.
The barrel-aged white follows on from Changyu’s successful unoaked white Cabernet, which launched in 2017 to satisfy a growing thirst for Chinese whites.
“White Cabernet is something we did out of necessity. At the chateau I had 250 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, but I had to have a white wine, so I got creative,” said chief winemaker Lenz Moser.
“We loved the unoaked, stainless steel version so much that we started experimenting by ageing the wine in barriques. After repeatedly tasting the barrels we grew increasingly confident that this would be something spectacular, and it is.
“All the credentials of our unoaked white Cabernet have been refined with subtle wood treatment for 12 months. This gives it the harmony and complexity expected of a world-class white wine,” Moser added.
With an RRP of £35, the rare white is aimed at independent specialists and the high-end on-trade. Just 1,000 bottles were created from the debut 2017 vintage, but production was ramped up in 2018, when 18,000 bottles were made.
Château Changyu-Moser XV is in the process of converting to biodynamic viticulture and aims to be certified by 2022.
Chinese wine has long been touted as one to watch, but the industry has been so cloaked in mystery it’s never been quite clear what to expect. An LCBO release of four wines from Chateau Changyu Moser XV, a boutique winery operating in the foothills of the Helan Mountain in Ningxia in northern China, is one of the first real glimpses of that county’s fine wine boom.
From Ningxia geology to the new regional brand 'Ningxia Hong', here's the latest report on China's up-and-coming fine wine region in the wild northwest.
Chateau Changyu Moser XV, backed by China’s oldest and biggest wine producing company Changyu, is another estate built with tourism in its mind.
Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Ningxia
With a total investment of 600m CNY (65m GBP), Chateau Changyu Moser XV opened to the public in 2013, one year earlier than Yuanshi. The estate’s central piece is a ‘Byzantine-style’ chateau (see above).
The chateau, which can be mistaken for one in Bordeaux, is also a popular movie set, we were told, and I do remember from two years ago seeing a hospital-like set and a couple of rusted cages on our way to the cellar.
‘We receive 50,000 – 80,000 visitors each year,’ said Fan Xi, chief engineer (winemaker) and deputy general manager of the estate, ‘70% of them are consumers who do not work in wine.’
Different from Yuangshi, visitors only purchase 1% of the estate’s astonishing 1500 tonnes of annual production, most of which is pumped into the Changyu group’s wide-spread distribution channels around China and abroad, said the winemaker.
Each visitor, however, pays 80 CNY (8.7 GBP) per ticket for a tour in the massive built-in wine museum, where they get to see every element of winemaking, experience wine aromas, and learn about the century-long history of Changyu, which also coincides the winemaking heritage of China. They can even make their own labelled wines at an extra cost.
‘For us wine tours are more important for branding and nurturing potential customers; sales come second,’ said Fan. ‘At the end of the tour, we want our visitors to feel that they have gained some knowledge about wine.’
‘There’s a huge potential in education here,’ said British wine critic Robert Joseph, who is also at our press tour, ‘every year thousands of consumers are exposed to wine via these visits. It’s likely some of them will become regular wine drinkers in the future.’
In den Startlöchern scharrt der Österreicher (Kremstal) Laurenz Maria Moser, besser bekannt als Lenz Moser V., seit Jahren als Winemaker in China tätig: Im März kommt sein ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon aus China auf den Markt. Dort betreibt Moser das Château Changyu–Moser XV gemeinsam mit dem chinesischen Weinriesen Changyu. Der Wein mit dem markanten chinesischen Etikett und englischem Untertitel nennt sich „Purple Air Comes From The East“, ist Jahrgang 2016 und ein reinsortiger Cabernet Sauvignon. Die Trauben stammen von Château-eigenen Lagen in der chinesischen Provinz Ningxa, dem Weinbauzentrum Chinas. Nur 6300 Flaschen wurden von dem Premierenwein gefüllt. Der Preis steht noch nicht fest.
Im März startet die weltweite Präsentation des Premiumlabels, in London gab es bereits einen Vorgeschmack. Auf Augenhöhe sieht Moser seinen neuen Wein mit den Flaggschiffen chinesischer Winzerkunst, etwa Lafites „Long Dai“ oder dem „Ao Yun“ aus dem Weinbereich des Luxusgüterkonzern LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), beide aus Frankreich und in China mit eigenen Weingütern engagiert.
Moser arbeitet seit 2005 mit und für die Changyu Winery, der größten ihrer Art in China. Er ist dort Konsulent und „winemaking advisor“. Château Changyu–Moser XV wurde als Marke 2015 gegründet und verbindet einerseits Changyu und andererseits Mosers Wurzeln (XV): Er ist Fünfter der Winzerdynastie Lenz Moser und 15. in der direkten Linie der Winzerfamilie Moser. Sein Großvater entwickelte die Hochkultur in den Weingärten, die nach wie vor weltweit als Standard im Weinbau gilt.
Nach seiner Geschäftsführertätigkeit für die Weinkellerei Lenz Moser, die 1986 an eine Investorengruppe verkauft worden war, baute Laurenz V. ab 1997 für den amerikanischen Weinbaupionier Robert Mondavi dessen Niederlassung in Europa auf. Nach dem Verkauf von Robert Mondavi Europe an die Constellation Group wandte sich Lenz Moser wieder dem Weinbau in Österreich zu und etablierte im Jahr 2005 das Projekt „Laurenz V.“ Unter dieser Marke werden Weine nach seinen Vorstellungen von Abfüllern hergestellt und vor allem in den USA und Asien vertrieben.
In der Kooperation mit Changyu findet Moser alles vor, was er sich wünscht. Modernste Anlagen, weitläufige Anbauflächen, passende Teams – und viel Kapital. Das ermutigt zu Innovationen. Etwa dem weltweit ersten weißgepressten Cabernet, den Changyu–Moser 2017 auf den Markt brachte. Oder auch für den Grünen Veltliner, der Stammsorte seiner Familie, mit dem er derzeit wieder Großes vorhat. In China sieht der Österreicher gewaltiges Potenzial, vor allem auch im noch schwach entwickelten Inlandsmarkt.
Chinese wine is the future says Lenz Moser, as he reveals the release of a new top end Cabernet Sauvignon to rival Chinese offerings from Château Lafite and LVMH.
Chief winemaker Lenz Moser from China’s Chateau Changyu–Moser XV will embark on a global tour in March to launch the winery’s new ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2016 wine – called Purple Air Comes From The East – is a 100% estate-grown Cabernet from the Chateau’s Ningxia Provence vineyards and is limited to just 6,300 bottles.
Moser hopes it will rival similarly premium offerings from China. ‘I need to rub shoulders with the likes of Long Dai from Lafite and Ao Yun LVMH and I couldn’t resist making an icon wine,’ said Moser during a dinner in London to showcase Changyu–Moser XV’s wines.
‘It has a very Chinese-looking label and it is going to raise the bar again for the Chateau,’ he added.
Moser has been working with China’s Changyu winery since 2005 as a consultant and winemaking adviser and launched the Chateau Changyu–Moser XV label in 2015 in partnership with them.
‘Our vision is very simple we want to revive China’s quality game and make sure our wine is not just among the very best of China, but also belonging in the company of the world’s finest,’ he said.
Moser believes that China is the future for global wine consumption and production. In the future he predicts that 70% of the market for Chinese wine will be domestic. ‘China will be our biggest market by far, it will follow the USA model where only 15% of wine is exported,’ he said.
In the mountainous desert highlands of Ningxia, fifth generation wine maker Lenz Moser has teamed up with China's oldest and largest winery to make world class Cabernet Sauvignon. He spoke with vintages about the projects.
Der Österreichische Önologe Laureny Maria Moser leitet in China das nach ihm benannte Weingut Chateau Changyu Moswe XV. Das Zeil: Spitzenwiene für den Weltmarket. Im Stilteil auf Seite 56. Begleitet vom üblichen sonntäglichen Weintipp zu den reyepten von Volker Hobl.
Sean Moncrieff’s programme on Newstalk, Ireland’s National talk radio station, has a cult following. Sean’s programme takes an irreverent look at life but is topical and can be serious about current affairs. The Movies & Booze slot started shortly after Sean started working with Newstalk in 2006 and is, to date, the longest standing regular feature. The premise is simple, review two films and two wines in a 60 minute slot, while engaging with the audience via FB, twitter, email and text.
Newstalk is the only radio station in Ireland to commit to a regular wine slot, which is part educational, part irreverent, but mostly fun. It is promotion through education thought in a light-hearted way. There are three wine slots every month and one slot featuring craft beer, presented by Dean McGuinness who is an importer of specialist beers. The wine presenters of Movies & Booze are Jean Smullen, Mick O’Connell MW and Tomas Clancy who alternate each month, presenting once or twice a month as the schedule requires.
The audience for Moncrieff is predominantly AB1 males (25-50+) with a daily national audience of 96,000 , it outperforms the Irish Times with who have a daily readership of c 68,000 for the same audience.
The 2016 IWA Report shows that in the 45-54 age bracket 21% of Men and 19% of Women now drink wine, and in the 55-64 age bracket 17% Male and 16% Females drink wine. Contrast that with the drop in wine consumption by Millenials from 25% in 2011 to 16% in 2016. Source: IWA Aug 2017
Ningxia China: Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Cedary, blackcurrent and red berry aromas, lush rich ripe fruits, soft luscious mouthfell, smooth tannins - this is the "second" wine of Chateau Changyu Moser, one of the new premium wines made by Austrian Lenz Moser and the best I have ever tasted yet from China.
Thirty-year-old Emma Yu, above, is the youngest member of the four-strong winemaking team at Château Changyu Moser XV; she is also the only woman. [We have tasting notes on most of the wines discussed here, but particularly and most recently for Changyu Moser – JR]
Her appointment as assistant winemaker was championed by renowned Austrian chief winemaker Lenz M Moser, whose remark ‘it took me a year to persuade Changyu to take a woman instead of a man’ speaks volumes.
A fluent English speaker, Yu graduated from Shaanxi's Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University and came to Europe in 2012 to join the EuroMaster Vinifera programme, studying in France (Montpellier SupAgro and Bordeaux Sciences Agro) and in Germany at Geisenheim University.
On her return to China in 2015 she was hired by Ningxia's Yunkou estate where she helped make and market their annual output of 30,000 bottles before joining Moser at Changyu.
We chatted about men and women, and differences in the workplace. According to Yu, the former are typically assigned to heavier physical labour, but she pointed out that there are three female cellar hands at Changyu.
‘Sometimes it can be difficult for a female winemaker at the start. When you're a young woman the recruiters are more hesitant, but it's the same in other industries. The biggest problem around hiring young women is that in China, we get at least 150 days off if we give birth', she observed astutely.
However, there is good news: Ningxia's status as a booming wine region is in Yu's favour. ‘It's quite a new region and the success of other female winemakers here means that it wasn't that difficult for me to find my first job', she observed, adding that women who become successful on the technical side of the industry attract particular attention.
She talked with enthusiasm about the support she gets from other younger females working at Helan Mountain estates with whom she discusses technical questions, vintage characteristics, new products and marketing.
According to Yu, women in wine are perceived in the same way, be it in Europe or China. ‘Sometimes people are surprised when I introduce myself as a winemaker. They always say “but you're so young! A woman making wine!” But then I tell them my background and they show more respect.’
Does gender make any difference to winemaking? ‘For the technical part, I would say no. I've met excellent winemakers, men and women. Being a good winemaker has no relation to gender. Some people believe that women make delicate wines, but I've met females making really big wines.’
She ended our interview with another astute observation.
WEIN China investiert Milliarden in den Aufbau einer eigenen Industrie. Eine Szene von Winzern ist entstanden, deren Produkte sogar den französischen Konkurrenten gefährlich werden. Die ersten Flaschen kommen jetzt in Deutschland auf den Markt.
@lenz_m_moser met with @louisehurren in Ningxia last week to talk about life, business and his latest project - a super-premium Chinese wine to be launched next spring. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'It’s very harmonious, more fruit-driven than anything else. I tried to bring out the bright fruit of Ningxia Cabernet, in a very subtle form, lighter in alcohol. It’ll be the 2016 vintage. I’ve worked very hard on it, reduced the wood treatment to bring out the typicity of the region.' #chinesewine #ambition
Chinesischer Wein ist in Europa noch echte Mangelware. Selbst in bestsortierten Fachgeschäften wie auch im Online-Handel sind Flaschen aus dem Reich der Mitte kaum zu bekommen. Nun ﬁ nden die ersten Weine von Projekten, in denen Europäer federführend sind, auch den Weg zu uns. Die folgenden Tropfen stellen eine Bereicherung jeder Weinkarte dar.
Mit rasender Geschwindigkeit hält die Weinkultur Einzug China. Am Anfang standen importe teurer Prestigeweine, heute verfügt China bereits über die zweitgrößte Rebfläche der Welt. Und es werden erste Weine von internationalem Format gekeltert.
Delighted to feature in this article by @christine_winein @theipaperon the increase in quality wines from lesser known and exciting new wine regions featuring our white cabernet made by Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser at our Chateau in Ningxia China.
Lenz Moser V is a fifth generation member of the Lenz Moser Austrian winemaking dynasty. Having sold his shares in his family wine company four years ago, Moser swapped Europe for Asia and is currently chief winemaker at Château Changyu-Moser XV in northern China’s Ningxia region. Passionate about putting Chinese wine on the world wine map, Moser is in the process of converting the 250-hectare Château Changyu Moser XV to biodynamic viticulture and hopes to be certified in three years. He is also working on an ‘icon’ wine that aims to take on the best in China.
Bisher waren Eigengewächse aus dem Reich der Mitte nicht der Hit, dieses Jahr kann man wieder Empfehlungen geben, sogar für Normalverbraucher, die keine 80 Euro für einen chinesischen Cabernet Sauvignon ausgeben wollen.
Große Weine werden nicht umsonst mit großen Auszeichnungen gekrönt. So erhielt der Cabernet Sauvignon Château Changyu Moser XV aus dem Jahrgang 2015 die höchste Auszeichnung des Wettbewerbs, Großes Gold, und wurde somit zum besten Wein Chinas gekürt. Sechs weitere Weine des Weinguts erhielten Goldmedaillen.
Now turning to northwest China's Ningxia to see how an Austrian winemaker pursues his dream in China. STANDUP (English): NATAJIA MILLER, CNC Correspondent: "You may think about Europe or the Napa Valley when you think about wine, but Ningxia also has some of the most high quality wine you'll ever taste. And to tell us more about how high quality it really is we'll bring on the wine chief himself, Mr Lenz Moser. Pleasure to meet you, sir." SOUNDBITE (English): NATAJIA MILLER, CNC Correspondent: "So fifteen generations of wine, is that right?" SOUNDBITE (English): LENZ MOSER, Chief Winemaker, Chateau Changyu Moser XV "Yes."
1. What is your favourite restaurant in London? I have three favourites; Dinner – at the Mandarin Oriental – Stefan (Neumann MS) and his team are just amazing, ditto the food; China Tang, Igor must be one of the best hosts of any restaurant I know – you come in and he makes you feel immediately at home; and Sexy Fish, such a cool vibe and a great team. I am eternally grateful to them for having helped us make our white Cabernet such a big success – one of their top selling wines by the glass. ‘
China ist der zurzeit am schnellsten wachsende Weinmarkt der Welt, und das Zentrum dieser Entwicklung ist die Sonderverwaltungszone Hongkong. Vorbild für die neuen Weine sind die Klassiker aus den traditionsreichen Weinregionen Europas.
This week I have a wine story that sounds so outlandish and improbable that it simply could not be true. But it is. I met with Lenz Moser last week, one of Austria’s most renowned winemakers, in order to taste his brand new Chinese releases. As a precursor to his range he opened a 1996 Lenz Moser cabernet, which he made in his homeland in one of the worst red-wine vintages in living memory. This 23-year-old pale rosé-hued wine was lively, impressive, elderflower and blackberry leaf-scented and thoroughly beguiling.
ASI is very proud to announce a new, two-year partnership with Ningxia’s Helan Mountain Eastern Slope wine region in China, one of China’s fastest growing and best-established high quality wine producing regions, which will be host to the 2020 ASI Annual Meeting.
Aux portes du désert de Gobi, des pionniersont transformé sable et cailloux en vignobles prospères.Au point que, en vingt ans, le Ningxia est devenu uneldorado viticole. S’ils sont partis de rien, les propriétairesde ces nouveaux domaines savent s’entourer des meilleursprofessionnels. Résultat!: leurs grands vins rouges ont déjàremporté des concours internationaux, avant de conquérir lesmeilleures tables. Un succès qui ne doit rien au hasard.
Fast 7200 Weine aus aller Welt stehenauf der Verkostungsliste des internationalenWeinwettbewerbs„Mundus Vini“, der noch bis Sonntagim Saalbau läuft. „Wir sehenschon jetzt, dass der 2018er dort,wogut gearbeitet wurde, tolle Qualitätenzu bieten hat“, zieht VerkostungsleiterChristian Wolf eine zufriedene Zwischenbilanz.
Das chinesische Neujahr steht vor der Tür, deswegen hier ausnahmsweise ein Wein, der nicht durch sein tolles Preis-Leistungsverhältnis auffällt, sondern durch seine Herkunft. In China steigen sowohl der Weinkonsum als auch der -anbau rasant an. Mit der Handschrift von Lenz M. Moser V entstehen in Ningxia, Chinas jüngster Weinregion, Weine internationalen Stils.
Huge congratulations to @jzwinepeek on her brilliant new book on Chinese Wine - ‘The Chinese Wine Renaissance’ - which launched in London yesterday. More than 5 years in the making and thoroughly researched wIth fascinating insight into the history and cultural aspects of Chinese wine production and general wine culture and consumption in China
När det talas om världens vinländer tänker vi lätt på Europa, Sydamerika, Australien eller kanske Sydafrika. Men faktum är att Kina håller på att vinna mark både som konsument och producent av kvalitetsviner, och det går i en rasande fart!
„Eco“ über Österreichs Wirtschaftsdaten, die Waagner -Biro BiroBiro-Insolvenz und das Weinland China Insolvenz und das Weinland ChinaInsolvenz und das Weinland China Insolvenz und das Weinland ChinaInsolvenz und das Weinland China Insolvenz und das Weinland China Insolvenz und das Weinland China Insolvenz und das Weinland ChinaInsolvenz und das Weinland China
Am 15. November um 22.30 Uhr in ORF 2
Wien (OTS) - Dieter Bornemann präsentiert das ORF-Wirtschaftsmagazin „Eco“ am Donnerstag, dem 15. November 2018, um 22.30 Uhr in ORF 2 mit folgenden Beiträgen:
So geht’s Österreich: Zahlen, Daten, Wirtschaftsfakten, Haushaltseinkommen
Lenz Moser ist der einzige Winzer im deutschsprachigen Raum, der auch in China Wein anbaut. Auf Chateau Changyu in der Region Ningxia macht er überraschende Erfahrungen mit Traditionen und neuem Tempo.
The last twenty metres of road aren’t yet tarmacked on the way to He Jin Zun winery in Ningxia, northern China, so we get out and crunch over the gravel on foot. Consultant winemaker David Tyney bounds out to greet us and walks us through the building site past rows of gleaming steel tanks into the noisy winery. He’s from New Zealand but most other employees are locals. A dozen women in colourful headscarves are huddled over the speeding sorting table, an older man forks piles of discarded stalks, some younger ones tip crates of grapes into the press. Tyney surveys the busy scene. “None of this was here two weeks ago,” he says, “it was just a dirt floor.”
Fresh off the plane after a trip to China,just-drinks' wine commentator, Chris Losh,brings us his take on the category in thecountry and finds that the greater threat tosuccess for the world's wine producerscomes from within.
Here’s a good dinner party question for wine lovers: after the big players of Spain, Italy, France and the US, which is the fifth-biggest wine producing country in the world? Well, it’s not, as might be suspected, somewhere else in Europe or the New World. It is China, with an annual production of around 1.7 million tonnes, which is about half that of the US, but still more than what we might think of as bulk producers such as Chile and Australia, whose wines have such a massive presence on our supermarket shelves. In fact, wine has been made in parts of China since very ancient times – although modern industrial production dates largely from the early 20th century – and more than 90 per cent of Chinese wine is consumed internally.
I did a whirlwind ten-winery tour of Ningxia in May. After stops at Pushang, known for its Marselan, and Aromes, known for a focus on natural wine, I joined writers from England, Germany and Switzerland for eight stops with organizer Changyu-Moser XV.
A new wine which can be compared to some of the top wines of the world … the top wine from china …“
Adi Schmidt – he is a legend in austria . was head somm of steirereck in austria for 41 years before retiring last year – steirereck ist austrias best restaurant , always amongst the top 50 restaurants of the world – usually in the top 15 ( last year top 10 , this year 14th ).
Following archaeological investigations, winemaking in ancient China started around 1st-3rd century BC, but in the more recent history we can say that modern winemaking in China started in the late 19th century when Zhang Bishi started growing vines under the brand Changyu. The company was quite successful as testified by the awards it won in the early 20th century. After the revolution, the focus was shifted a bit until the revival of China towards the end of the 20th century.
Changyu-Moser XV opened its stunning Loire-esque facility in Ningxia five years ago today. The project pairs Changyu, China’s oldest and biggest producer, with Lenz Moser, who hails from a veteran Austrian wine family. It is sibling to similar huge Changyu wineries in Hebei, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong and Xinjiang. Below I’ve posted photos from five different visits, including on opening day, which featured a musical ensemble, toasts of “ganbei” (bottoms up), fireworks, and tours of the cellar, museum, tasting room and more.
Ein Österreicher will die besten Weine Chinas produzieren und sich mit den Top Weingütern der Welt messen. Lenz Moser berät den Weinproduzenten Changyu und ist Mitgebieter über ein Schloss, das kaum Wünsche offen lässt. view article
Ningxia ist eine der aufstrebenden Weinregionen Chinas. Sie liegt im Nordwesten des Landes an der Grenze zur Inneren Mongolei. Dort hat sich der Österreicher Laurenz Moser mit seinem Weingut Chateau Changyu Moser XV dem Weinbau verschrieben …
No other grape variety is more resilient and adaptable than Cabernet Sauvignon. Whether made in a single variety or in a blend, the grape’s characteristics are unmistakable with blackcurrant, cassis, spicy peppery notes, cedar and a leafy lift. Hailed by many as the king of red grapes, from its heartland in Bordeaux to adopted homes in Napa Valley, Australia, Chile or even as far as Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley or China’s Ningxia, Cabernet Sauvignon trumps other varieties for its faithful interpretations of terroir, vintage conditions, winemaking techniques and most importantly, its longevity that allows some of its best to age gracefully for decades.
A team of 275 judges, including many of the world´s top experts, blind tasted 16.903 wines in the competition. At the end Chateau Changyu Icewine, Golden Icewine Valley Blue Label Vidal, 2015 has won gold.
Douglas Blyde accompanied fifth-generation Austrian winemaker, Laurenz (Lenz) Moser on his 49th visit to the People’s Republic of China last month, taking in Ningxia, where, at Château Changyu Moser XV, Moser (now in his thirteenth year of consultancy) helps it to produce Cabernet Sauvignon-led wines, including a lushly textured blanc de noirs, and Yantai, home to the HQ of Changyu Pioneer Wine Company.
Das Beste am Wein ist, dass er fast rund um die Welt wächst und ganzeNationen miteinander vereint. Das Tolle an meinem Beruf ist, dass wirWeinjournalisten die Möglichkeit haben, auf Reisen zu gehen und in dieunterschiedlichsten Weinwelten eintauchen können. Jüngst führte micheine Weinreise ins Land des Lächelns.
Mithilfe des Weinexperten Lenz Moser will der größte chinesische Weinhändler Changyu die Exporte steigern. Der Sonnenkönig Ludwig XIV wusste um Inszenierungen. Nun gibt es in China ein Château Changyu Moser XV. Der Zusatz Moser XV. kommt vom österreichischen Chiefwinemaker des Chateaus, Lenz Moser. Die Familie ist schließlich seit fünfzehn Generationen im Weinbau tätig...
You may not have heard of it, but Ningxia is being hailed as China’s hottest region for the production of quality wines. Jane Anson travels to the wild stretches of the Great Wall to meet the up-and-coming producers who are leading the way...
This year could be the start of something big for Chinese wine. Sainsbury’s, Wine Rack, Tesco and Berry Bros have taken delivery of the latest vintages, and there will be plenty more coming our way soon. Sceptical? You shouldn’t be: China has the second largest area under vine in the world and its 2,000 wineries pump out a billion litres a year, with consumption expected to rise by almost 40 per cent in value over the next five years...
“All our children will drink top quality Chinese wines. China is the most dynamic wine market and its wines are gradualy gaining in prestige,” said Baudouin Havaux, Chairman of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB), on announcing that China would host the next CMB. “A country once famous for tea-drinking, China may soon become one of the world’s largest global wine consumers. And what consumers in the world’s second-largest economy want, is premium quality wine“, he added.
Im Jahr 1892 gründete Zhang Bishi, ein chinesischer Diplomat, in Yantaidie Zhang Yu Wine Company. Heute ist die Yantai Changyu PioneerInternational Company Ltd eine Unternehmensgruppe mit internationaler Beteiligung...2015 hob Changyu in der Region Ningxia zusammen mit Laurenz Maria Moser V. (kurz: Lenz Moser) Chateau Changyu Moser XV aus der Taufe – mit dem selbstbewussten Ziel, die besten Weine Chinas zu erzeugen...
Wang got her nickname from her so-called ‘crazy’ idea to start a winery with no professional experience. (Wang Fang) Leading the generation is pioneering winemaker 'Crazy Fang', whose top Chinese reds have just landed in Australia, just in time for Lunar New Year.
With Chinese New Year fast approaching and celebrations for Year of the Dog imminent, we turn our heads to look at all things Chinese wine, and, as Britain’s oldest wine merchant, speak to Lenz Moser, winemaker at China’s oldest winery – someone who believes China will be the future main driver of global wine production.
Lenz Moser has gone from making Grüner Veltliner in Austria to producing white Cabernet Sauvignon in China’s Ningxia region for Changyu Pioneer Company. He told Jo Gilbert how he plans to take his wine from the ‘Napa of Asia’ to the rest of the world...
"We're hungry hunters" says Lenz Moser, lifting chopsticks, conductor-like. We eat at Andrew Wong's avant-garde Pimlico dim sum house, where croquettes conceal rabbit curry and torched mushroom buns sprout from "turf"
Wines from the 2017 harvest in China's premier winemaking region look set to be fresher and slightly lower in alcohol than last year, but some white wine producers are rejoicing after avoiding the rot that damaged their 2016 crop. Sylvia Wu, editor of DecanterChina.com, reports from Ningxia on the harvest.
Noch ist China nicht erste Wahl, wenn es um Wein geht. Aber im riesigen Land gibt es bereits 900 Weingüter, etwa Chateau Changyu Moser XV. Es setzt auf Cabernet Sauvignon, wie ein gelungenes Beispiel zeigt.
Die drittärmste Provinz der Volksrepublik, Ningxia, hat ein ambitioniertes Ziel: Die einstige Kohleförderregion will mit ihrem Wein weltberühmt werden. Hunderte Winzer und Geschäftsmänner sind dem Ruf der Regierung gefolgt. Auch ausländische Fachmänner hat das Fieber gepackt – darunter einen Österreicher.
Ningxia province in China while warm and suny in summer, can regularly plummet to -25 C in the winter. Lenz Moser from Chateau Changyu Moser XV tells us how they avert disaster: " We tackle the danger by burying the vines. This is a very labour-intensive process, which involves pruning the vines right after the harvest..."
Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser, a representative of the 15th generation of a well-known family of winemakers, presented his Chinese project in Moscow. The wine tasting of Chateau Changyu Moser XV wines was held this summer in Moscow's Ararat Park Hyatt.
... Château Changyu Moser, a collaboration with China´s largest winery, is his most ambitious, but in the UK an eclectic range of retailers including Conviviality, Tesco and Berry Bros & Rudd has already bought into it. (...)
Lenz Moser´s six-strong Chinese range hopes to establish Chinese wine in both the mainstream off-trade, but also in causal and fine dining restaurants through Bibendum, Walker & Wodehouse and Bros & Rudd. (...)
... Take acclaimed Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser. He has been working in China for over 13 years. He says to succeed in China takes patience – and a lot of it. It is not only such a complex and fast changing market to understand, but you also have to work hard at building trust amongst your Chinese wine partners and distributors. (...)
Tesco has become the latest major supermarket to tap the trend for Chinese cuisine with the launch of its first wine from the country. The Chinese produced Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is available from 700 of the retailer´s stores, and online, now with an introductory GBP 7 pricetag (rsp. GBP 8). (...)
SUPERMARKETS TO START STOCKING REDS FROM THE COUNTRY: Tesco and Sainsbury´s have started selling wine from China costing GBP 7 and GBP 8 / Changyu, the company behind the Tesco Wine, has produced wine since 1892T / Tesco´s master of wine James Davis said China would soon be a powerful player in the world. (...)
Tesco is looking to capitalise on the emerging Chinese wine trend with the launch of a red oriental brand, which it claims could be the first of many on the shelves. Hot on the heels of Sainsbury´s foray into Chinese wine in January, Tesco has started selling a China-produced Cabernet Sauvignon that it believes could finally establish the market in Britain. It bills the GBP 7 Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 as a "smooth, full-bodied wine" that is cross between a classic bordeaux and a fruity Australian wine. (...)
Changyu and Fangshan are moving. No idea who that is? No wonder, because it’s not a who, it’s a place. Two places, in fact. Two places of viniculture. Jürgen Schmücking was there. His conclusion: we know very little about what’s going on there. (...)
Noch ist er nicht die erste Wahl im Glas: Wein aus China, Thailand oder Bali. Doch immer mehr Produzenten jenseits klassischer Weinbaugebiete wollen sich mit Qualität und Innovation in der Branche etablieren. (...)
I've chosen a new-wave red whine from China to mark Chinese New Year on Saturday.The alternative would have been a zingy, off-dry Riesling from Europe, the southern hemisphere or North America to match a variety of seafood, vegetable, dim sum, rice and noodle dishes, but I wanted to highlight the quality and style emerging from this vast new world of wine where Cabernet Sauvignon is king. This one, from vineyards planted around a dozen years ago in the fast-growing Ningxia province, is made by Chateau Changyu Moser XV. ...
Lenz Moser has described his sub-£10 Chateau Changyu Moser XV 2015 wine as a ‘game changer’ for the Chinese wine industry. ‘It was tough to make [the management] do it,’ said Moser. ‘The industry there tends to think the money is at the top end. But sub-£10 is going to make a huge di erence.’ Chateau Changyu Moser makes 350,000 bottles of its basic Cabernet Sauvignon, available from Bibendum for £9.54 ex-VAT. ‘Wines like this don’t exist in China,’ commented Moser, ‘but others are going to follow our lead.’ At present, all three wines in the range are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, but Moser sees big potential for blending the French variety Marselan into his basic wine. ‘Currently there are just 10 hectares of the grape in Ningxia,’ he said, ‘but everyone is really excited by it. It can add a lovely softness to the structure of Cabernet, and it would help set the region’s wines apart. I think we’ll see more of it.’
The domed caps of the creamy stone towers echo those at Valençay. The cherubbed fountains (faintly) evoke the Boboli Gardens in Florence. It´s magnificent. It´s also brand new and, considering it was finished in 2013, after just two years of construction and at a cost of €70 million, there´s only one place it could be – and that´s nowhere near the Loire or the monuments of renaissance Italy, but in China. (...)
Le tonneau n° 1 est presque chocolaté, plus doux que les autres. Le n° 2 est plus viril, l’arôme plus longue en bouche et épicée. “Trop, bien sûr“, dit Lenz Moser, un consultant vinicole venu d’Autriche pour se rendre l’automne dernier dans la région autonome du Ningxia Hui à l’occasion d’une dégustation de vin en fût. “Mais il va vieillir bien, s’adoucir et prendre un peu de rondeur en gagnant en puissance“. (…)
Everything from the ‘strange’ to the ‘superb’: I certainly wasn’t able to get a comprehensive overview of Chinese wines within the space of a few days, but I now know where it all starts and where it ends, in which region you’ll find the best wines, who the most popular producers are and what we can expect from China in the future in terms of quality, quantity and, indeed, architecture…
Bibendum PLB unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio at the London Wine Fair yesterday (May 4) – a Chinese wine created by Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser. The wine, which has five bottles in the range, is from the Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Ningxia. ...
Austrian wine entrepreneur Lenz M. Moser headed to China more than a decade ago, wanting to see what was going on. Now, he can’t stay away. Here he gives his impressions of the Ningxia wine region. (...)