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. (...)