Wednesday, September 9, 2009

China has Wineries?

When I tell people that I’m headed back to China to finish a book on Chinese Vineyards and Wineries, the common reaction is: “I didn’t even know that China had vineyards and wineries.” Well, yes they do. In fact, China has more vineyard acreage than the United States and produces more wine than Germany. Raise your hand proudly if you knew that.

And yes, I just landed in Beijing two hours ago to visit five vineyards and wineries in the northeast part of China. This blog will be about the adventures, people and culture I encounter. And judging from my first trip in May (see earlier listings on this blog site) we should have lots of fun. On that adventure, a Chinese winery and wine region even hired me. (That should look good on the ol’ resume.)

For those who don’t know me, I’m a Sherwood, Oregon-based, former National Geographic shooter turned commercial photographer who specializes in the wine industry, among other subjects. I’ve done two books about wineries, and the latest, Oregon The Taste of Wine, just won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin gold medal for the best Regional book in North America.

Haggard looking just after a Portland to Beijing flight–24 hours of no sleep–here I proudly hold my newly acquired Chinese driver's license. The officers gave me the driver's handbook after they issued the license.


Inara said...

It has been a surprise to many of us that China has such elegant winery buildings, or that Chinese even drink wine ? by the way---white or red?
Enjoying your blogs very much, so glad Eddi reminded me of them.

Julia said...

I know that look all too well! Chuck and I had your book out again, and I thought I would check out your blog (thanks to a VPN--am capable of reading it here in BJ). Sorry I missed your last trip. We're hoping that you return to China at least one more time. It's really fun reading your blog. Cheers--Julie