China is now the world’s largest market for red wine, home to a growing middle-class exploring new tastes and discovering labels beyond Bordeaux. While big multinational brands are setting up shop, and international labels try to win their share of the market, Chinese winemakers are working to find their own identity. As they carve out their own niche, they need to work out what grapes to grow in which region, and how to make clean, drinkable wine. It won’t be an easy task though as they face major challenges, including a short growing season and a tough climate. 

On this month’s ‘On China’, CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout is on location at Grace Vineyard in Shanxi Province to explore the opportunities open to China’s growing wine industry. Joining the discussion are Grace Vineyard CEO Judy Chan, Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting co-founder Fongyee Walker, and Ruby Red Fine Wine founder Simon Zhou. In a country where uncorking a bottle doesn’t have a place in mainstream culture, they discuss what will it take for wine to break through and how long it will be until  Chinese winemakers produce world-class wine that can compete with their international counterparts.

Photo attached: Left to right, Kristie Lu Stout, Fongyee Walker, Simon Zhou, Judy Chan

Airtimes (Hong Kong/ Beijing/ Taipei/ Singapore/ Kuala Lumpur)

Thursday, September 25 at 1630 HKT

Friday September 26 at 1130 HKT

Saturday, September 27 at 1230 and 2330 HKT

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About ‘On China’

‘On China’ is CNN’s first regular series focused on the country, and the first by any international television news network. The monthly show hosted by CNN correspondent and anchor Kristie Lu Stout provides viewers with a unique insider’s view of China from within its own borders. In each 30-minute show, Kristie Lu Stout sits down with thought and business leaders from within China’s borders for a roundtable discussion about what really drives this world power and economic giant. 

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