Chilean wine appeals to China market
Although the grape (_vitisvinifera_) arrived in America with the first Spanish missionaries, it wasn’t until the XVI century that the region began to cultivate grapes to produce wine.
In Chile, the wine industry continues to grow and Chilean wine has a presence in more than 90 countries. In China, for example, two out of every 10 bottles come from the South American country. Importing more than 88 million litres per year, according to ProChile, China has become the fourth largest market for Chilean wine.
Wine culture is growing. Currently China is the second largest producers of grapes in the world with 800,000 hectares dedicated to it’s cultivation while in Chile there are 117,559 hectares dedicated to growing grapes.
In Chile, the red grape that they grow most is the Cabernet Sauvignon (40,776 hectares) followed by Merlot (13,283 hectares) then Carmenere (7,284 hectares), Syrah (3,513 hectares) and Pinot Noir (1,413 hectares).
And amon the white variety the Sauvignon Blanc is grown the most (8,862 hectares) followed by Chardonnay (8,733 hectares) then Viognier (309 hectares) and Riesling (305 hectares).
In Chile there are three wine-growing regions:
The white wines from the coast are praised for their fruity, acidic and fresh flavour and in the red wines the key elements are the juicyness of the fruit, its strength and elegance.
Between the mountain ranges one can find wines of character. The perfect mix between land and sea. And in the Andes the wines have history offering structure, elegance and personality.
Chilean wine has found a space in Chinese gastronomy. Today the consumer can choose between 174 different types of Chilean wine to accompany their traditional dishes.
Chilean wine producers want their wine to be the most imported in China. This would strengthen the cooperation between both countries and allow them to look for meeting points and further ventures.