Yes, it’s true. Two of China’s wines have won silver in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, Jing Daily reports.
The wines are the Great Wall Terrior 2006 from Shandong and Domaine Helan Mountain Special Reserve Chardonnay 2011 from Ningxia.
A total of 20 wines from China were recognized this year by Decanter out of a total 49 entries.
In 2011, Helan Qing Xue’s Jia Bei Lan Cabernet Dry Red 2009 received the top prize from Decanter, drawing much skepticism and controversy.
While China does not have a great reputation for its wine (real or otherwise), there are domestic vineyards producing quality wines.
Jim Boyce, of the blog Grape Wall of China, writes:
A true skeptic needs to be able to accept that both of these statements might be true: 1) China’s wine industry faces many problems and 2) some people in China make quality wine.
A recent study shows that China is the fifth-biggest wine consumer in the world, and is seeing the fastest growth in wine drinking. Chinese adults drink approximately 1.4 liters of wine each year.
Keep in mind though that wine tasting is highly subjective, and that most wine experts can’t even tell the difference between red and white wines.
By Huizhong Wu // Image credit: @sylvianism