Companies Promoting “Wine Tourism” For Chinese Oenophiles

French Wine Producers And Chinese Travel Agencies Teaming Up To Promote Wine Tourism In France

The wine market has grown rapidly in China, and wine tourism operators hope to entice the country's oenophiles with trips to French vineyards in coming years

The wine market has grown rapidly in China, and wine tourism operators hope to entice the country's oenophiles with trips to French vineyards in coming years

Last month, we posted on the Sotheby’s auction of fine wines in Hong Kong, at which 100% of the bottles up for grabs sold, mostly to local Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese buyers. Over the past few years, as wine drinking has grown in popularity in China and the buyer base has grown accordingly, vineyards from around the globe have intensified their efforts to crack this vast yet still niche-oriented market.

While these vintners’ dreams may still be a bit naive in terms of the macro-level Chinese market — as BusinessWeek reflects with a quote by a Californian winery owner, “If we sold a bottle of wine to every Chinese millionaire, we’d run out of wine before we ran out of millionaires!” — it is a fact that Chinese buyers of fine wines are quickly joining the ranks of other global buyers, and companies from travel agencies to vineyards are keen to get in on this burgeoning business.

At this year’s SIAL Shanghai conference, China’s largest Food, Beverage and Hospitality exhibition, B-to-B companies like China Elite Focus are working to pair Chinese travel agencies with French wine producers, in the hopes of cashing in on the growing oenophile base in China. According to a press release, companies like China Elite Focus want to build up “wine tourism” — a growing industry that has already enjoyed surprising success in Japan and the US — in China. While many wine tourism operators have begun to target New World wine centers in Australia, Argentina, Chile, the US or South Africa, it appears that Chinese companies like China Elite Focus are only interested in France, apparently trying to tie their tours to the “romantic” image that France holds for many Chinese.

Chinese wineries have started to get into the wine tourism business as well, with companies like China Wine Tours offering tours in Xi’an, Yantai, Beijing, Shanghai, and Taigu. Although China’s wine industry is not well-promoted outside of the country, recent joint ventures like Chateau Lafite’s new vineyard in Shandong indicate that wine is quickly becoming a lucrative industry in China. From auctions of historical and vintage wines in Hong Kong to new vineyards in Shandong to wine tours in France and China, it looks like calls for “pútaojiǔ” will become more prevalent in restaurants throughout the Middle Kingdom.

4 responses to “Companies Promoting “Wine Tourism” For Chinese Oenophiles

  1. I love wines from France. This is also a good idea to attract more tourists.

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  4. Natalie Gagnidze

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Georgian company “Ark World Wine” intended to organize the World Wine Festival. The wine maker companies as from Georgia, so as from various foreign countries would be invited to this Festival. Within scopes of the Festival it was planned to organize the business-forum, in which wine importer-exporter companies, wine experts, sommeliers would participate, also wine testing will take place. During this Festival representatives of various foreign countries will become familiar with Georgian wine producing history that will promote cultural dialogue, the world leading wine producing company products will be presented and adapted on the Georgian market. At the conclusive part of the Festival the wine tour to Kakheti region, the exhibition on the topic “Wine and Art” will be held. Besides, live music concerts are planned.
    Based on the goals of our Company regarding the Festival we consider to organize the Festival from September 16 to 20, 2010. Its main directions are:
     Introduction and popularization of the World and Georgian wine companies, development of their future cooperation strategy;
     Implementation of the Georgian and foreign joint projects;
     Promotion of the Trans-Caucasian market for foreign wines;
     Permanent exhibition and degustation center in Tbilisi for foreign and Georgian wines;
     Popularization of wine tourism;
     Support to the development of investments environment in the sphere of wine and tourism;
     Establishment and development of new markets strategy.

    With Great Respect
    Natalie Gagnidze-Sharadze
    +995 77 580813

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