ombiasyPR and WineTours, and Christian G.E. Schiller at TopWine China 2014 in the China National Convention Center (which is in the Olympic Park), Beijing, China
China has become the 5th largest wine market in the world (following the US, France, Italy and Germany and ahead of the UK, Argentina, Spain, Australia and Portugal). Annual wine consumption in China has reached 16.8 million hectoliters, compared with 29.2 million hectoliters in the US. China is in the top 10 group of wine consuming countries.
Not surprisingly, there is an increasing number of annual wine fairs in China. One wine fair that is rapidly gaining importance is TopWine China in Beijing, which in 2014 took place during June 4 to 6 at the China National Convention Center, which is part of the Olympic Park.
There were 7 large foreign pavilions, with the French pavilion by far the largest. Other countries represented were: Australia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. In addition, there were about 150 Chinese booths, most of them importers. This posting focuses on the German producers presenting their wines at TopWine China 2014.
The German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner spent June 4 and 5 at TopWine China 2014.
From the German perspective, a well attended German wine tasting, led by Sabine Wagner, was one of the highlights of the trade show; I will post about the tasting on schiller-wine.
In the evening of June 5, the German Ambassador to China, Michael Claus and his wife Daniela Claus, had a reception at their Residence, with German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner being the Guest of Honor. Wine Princess Sabine Wagner poured a selection of very interesting wines, from winemakers present at TopWine China 2014 as well as other German winemakers. I will report separately about the event.
The main reason for flying over to Beijing was the birthday of my daughter Cornelia Tremann, who lives with her husband Chris Tremann in Beijing. Cornelia is with UNDP and Chris with the American Diplomatic Service.
Tiananmen Square, Beijing
The German Pavilion
Mack and Schühle International
Founded in 1939 as a wine retail shop in Hechingen, today, Mack and Schühle is one of the largest wine importer and distributer in Europe.
Weingut Philipp Lang
Small family owned and run winery in the Baden region. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc account for 80% of the production. “The work in the vineyard, with some vines over 40 years old, is characterized by a close-to-nature approach.
Jakob Gerhard Wein- and Sektkellerei
A 80 hectares winery in Nierstein, Rheinhessen, with a world-wide sales network, including since 2011 a sales office in Chengdu, China. Popular among the German wine consumers in Asia, notably in Japan.
A marketing cooperation of German wine co-operatives from almost all German wine regions, with a portfolio of 800 wines.
Peter Mertes Weinkeller
The Peter Mertes winery has been run as a family business since its formation in 1924. With more than 300 employees, today we are active worldwide in the wine business from our company headquarters in Bernkastel-Kues.
A relatively large family wine producer in Rheinhessen.
Weingut Dr. Heger
A German top producers – member of the VDP, the association of about 200 elite winemakers. Located in Baden and run by Joachim and Silvia Heger.
Weingut Markgraf von Baden
A German top producers – member of the VDP, the association of about 200 elite winemakers. Located in Baden and run by Joachim and Silvia Heger. 25 hectares.
A German top producers – member of the VDP, the association of about 200 elite winemakers. Located in Baden and run by the young Konrad Salwey since his father’s death in 2011. 40 hectares.
Josef Drathen is a large producer of still wine and sparkling wine, based in the Mosel Valley. The portfolio includes wines from the most important wine German wine growing areas as well as wines from other, mostly European, countries plus carbonised wine cooler and mulled wine (Glühwein).
Weingut Fuchs is a family-owned and run winery (since 1626) in Floersheim-Dalsheim, with vineyards in Rheinhessen and the Pfalz. “Diversity is important to us. Therefore you can find a wide range of fruity white wines and powerful red wines in our assortment. We offer dry and semi-dry wines as well as scrumptious, sweet ones.”
Einig-Zenzen produces wines from 200 different wine-growing regions around the world and has an annual production of 3.2 million cases. In 1939, the Einig-Zenzen company was founded by Jacob Einig and his son-in-law Peter Josef Zenzen. Today the company remains family owned and is managed by Dr. Peter and Regina Zenzen.
Koenig Johann Weingut im Saartal
A small (10 hectares) family owned and run winery in the Saar Valley (Mosel Region). “We are a young and dynamic winery. We only use indigenous wild yeasts that have inhabited our wine region for 1000s of years.”
Weingut Heinrich Vollmer
With 135 hectares, Weingut Heinrich Vollmer, in the Pfalz region, is among the larger wineries in Germany. A wine supplier for Lufthansa for 4 decades.
Weingut Wilhelm Sitzius
A small (15 hectares) family owned and run winery in the Nahe region (Langenlonsheim), founded in 1560.
Located in Rheinhessen. “We are very popular in China and provide our clients with reasonably priced wines. Sweet wines are our specialty, including Eiswein, Beerenauslese and Spaetlese.”
Weingut Albert Glas
Small (25 hectares) family owned and run winery in the Pfalz. “Three Glas generations work together in our winery and we cultivate about 70 acres of vineyards. We are young, innovative and technologically advanced but our being will always be in the soil and in close harmony with nature.”
I also saw the following individual booths.
German Wine Alliance (China)
"Featuring an exquisite collection of fine wines from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Schmidt Vinothek was established in 2012 to meet the diverse tastes of Hong Kong wine connoisseurs."
Henkel and Co Group
Schloss Johannisberg is a castle and winery in the village of Johannisberg the Rheingau region. It has been making wine for over 900 years. In 1775, Schloss Johannisberg made the first Spätlese. It has the same ownership as the Henkel and Co Group (see above).
Winzerkeller Wiesloch is a co-operative in the Baden region with 2000 members and a vineyard area totaling 750 hectares.
TopWine China 2015
Bye, bye - see you next year.
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