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Actually, I am proud of my friend Beat, who foresaw the development of the "wine country" China early on. Four years ago he organised - with the help of the Chinese embassy - one of the first exclusive wine trips of wine friends to the "Middle Land". It was not a business trip, because we didn't want to sell anything, not even wine. We simply wanted to be shown how China is now slowly, but with a lot of energy and power, entering the global wine scene. We were welcomed by oenologists, managers and authorities. Since then, I am convinced: The Chinese are coming!

Talk with the authority responsible for viticulture in the north-eastern province of Hebei (Photo: P. Züllig)