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Chateau Changyu: a growing taste for Chinese wine17 Sep 5:30am

Chateau Changyu: a growing taste for Chinese wine

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The Chinese wine industry is getting into its stride and among the huge vineyards and endless empty towerblocks there are some rare finds to be enjoyed A few miles outside Xi’an, the city of Emperor Qin’s terracotta warriors, the guide on a tour bus filled with Italian wine professionals pointed across a bleak plain shadowed by empty towerblocks to a medieval castle with crenellated towers. We were touring the estates of the Yantai Changyu Pioneer Wine Company and our guide was pleading with us to love what we were seeing. “Look at how beautiful the castle is! Just like your country.” I was told millions of bottles were sold, with production greater than Rioja. It was national pride in a bottle Wine City is a sprawling viticultural Willy Wonka factory with endless conveyor belts and bottling machines
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