Changyu Pioneer Wine has just opened its fourth chateau in China, Chateau Changyu Moser XV, a 150 acre estate on the outskirts of Yinchuan, near the Gobi Desert. It's also building a "wine city" in Shandong province, east China, with two chateaux and a European-style village.
Changyu built its first chateau in 2002 in cooperation with the Castel Group, headquartered in Bordeaux, France. Blessed with sea, sand and sun, the chateau is an integration of winemaking, sightseeing and recreation.Stored for at least three years in oak barrels imported from France, the Cabernet Gernischt wines made at the chateau are deep ruby red with a "mellow" taste. This wine, integrating Chinese and French manufacturing techniques, has drawn interest from hundreds of enterprises and organizations, making it the bestseller among the chateau's wine lineup.
China's now the fifth largest wine market in the world and has come a long way since the 1990s when most wine there was fake: a blend of water, sugar and grape juice.