Lodi Wines Return To China

Ξ February 26th, 2009 | → 2 Comments | ∇ A Day at a Time, Wine News, Wineries |

Shanghai Wine ExpoIt was recently announced that Lodi wines will again be showcased in China. Mark Glover of The Sacramento Bee wrote (Sacbee pdf),
“Tie Zhang, president of the Sacramento-based U.S.-China Business and Culture Association, said Wednesday that Mark Chandler, executive director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Pat Patrick, president of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce , will be in China March 10-16.”
For the full text of Tie Zhang’s announcement please see this China Expo press release doc.
While these gentlemen explore business opportunities in China, Lodi wines will be served up at the 2009 International Wine Expo in Shanghai, March 14th to the 16th. Although Lodi wineries will not directly participate, a number of them will be sending wines:
Barsetti Vineyards
Jessie’s Grove
Lange Twins
Michael and David Phillips
Peirano Estate
Peltier Station
Miramont Estate has already been selling in the China market, and will be featured separately.
Hong Kong International Wine FairLast year Lodi wines made great inroads into the Chinese market when wineries participated in the first Hong Kong International Wine Fair, the second currently set for November, 2009. Indeed, not only Lodi wines but US wines generally have increased sales in China. According to Chris Li, Agricultural Marketing Specialist at the US Agricultural Trade Office in Hong Kong,
“With the elimination of the wine tax in Hong Kong, Hong Kong imports of US wines have grown significantly. In terms of volume, the US is the 2nd largest wine supplying country to Hong Kong after France. In terms of value, the US is the 4th largest supplier, after France, Australia and the UK. For the first 11 months of 2008, Hong Kong imports of US wines reached 5.2 million liters and US$16.5 million, an increase of 68% and 111% respectively over the same period in 2007.”
Not too shabby! I hope to post an update or two over the next few weeks.
As a final note let me pass word along of the Grand Opening of the tasting room of Abundance Vineyards this Saturday, February 28th. I wish them well.
Many thanks to Lodi grape grower and international wine broker, Frank Gayaldo.


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  1. gordon said,

    on March 1st, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Dear Wine Traders,

    Please be part of this wine traders’ event in Shanghai, China.

    All meeting at the same hall, winemakers, exporters & importers, wholesalers, retailers, agents, F&B managers, sommeliers and medias. Offering the opportunity to compare, taste, talk, communicate, get down to business and etc.

    Shanghai International Wine & Spirits Fair 2009
    Date: June 10-12, 2009
    Venue: Shanghai International Convention Center

    If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us or refer to our website http://www.wineshanghai.com .

    Best regards,

    Gordon JI
    Shanghai Huayu Exhibition Services Co., Ltd.
    Add: Rm.3A, Building 1, No.99 South Hong Cao Rd., Shanghai, 200233 China.
    Tel: +86-21-5427 0301
    Fax: +86-21-5427 0305
    Website: http://www.wineshanghai.com

  2. Frank Gayaldo said,

    on March 7th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Thanks a lot Reign of Terroir for always being such a great source of information. Also, on behalf of Dino and Ron Mencarini at Abundance Vineyards of Lodi, thanks for helping promote their recent grand opening.

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