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Chinese wines from Bibendum

Published:  23 July, 2008

Two new Chinese wines are to be launched by Bibendum, with Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser involved in the project.

The two wines, Shandong White and Red, will be tri-varietal, but based on Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon respectively. Both wines, which will be shown at Bibendum's annual tasting on Wednesday 24 January, have been created

in partnership with Moser and the Changyu Wine Company in Shandong Province. Changyu is the oldest winery in China, and has been making wine since 1892.

Bibendum's buying manager Iain Muggoch said: From its inception, this has been as inspiring as it has been innovative and exciting. With Lenz's unbounded enthusiasm for all thing vinous, how could I not have become entwined in the mystery of the Orient? Lots of blend tweaks later, some oriental label design and surprisingly positive pressure from the sales team to get it right, I am delighted that we are now able to add China to the Bibendum portfolio. Roll on Beijing 2008.'

Bibendum has added three producers to its Spanish portfolio: Dominio de Valdepusa, which has its own DO; Bodegas Farina in Toro; and Gran Clos in Priorat.