Waitrose first UK supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wines
Waitrose is to become the first supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wine in the UK.
From mid-August the grocer will list Changyu Cabernet Gernischt, and Brazil’s sparkling Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rose NV.
The supermarket sees itself as a champion of lesser-known wines - launching two Indian wines last year.
Wine buyer Katie Mollet, who buys the Chinese wine, said: “We’re hoping to bring in a new era of lesser known wines being sold in the UK as the interest in China, and more specifically the Chinese wine industry, continues to grow.
"We scoured the world to find exciting new wines and were particularly impressed by the Cabernet Gernischt 2011 from Changyu. Waitrose is proud to be leading the way for Chinese and Brazilian wine to grow in popularity in Great Britain.”
While Chinese wine is new to British supermarkets, the wine producer behind the Changyu Cabernet Gernischt is the oldest and biggest in the country. Winemaker Lenz Moser is a consultant winemaker for this blend.
Both wines will be on offer as part of the Waitrose World of Wine showcase fromAugust 28.
The Changyu Cabernet Gernischt 2011 Ningxia, will retail at £9.99. The wine is produced in central western China on the fringes of the Gobi desert, at an altitude of 1,100 metres.
The Changyu Wine Group was founded in 1892 by a patriotic Chinese businessman based overseas, together with Austrian viticulturist Freiherr von Babo.
The Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé NV Serra Gaúcha, from Brazil, will go on sales priced £11.99. Miolo is the largest producer of traditional method sparkling wine in Brazil and is located in Serra Gaúcha, in Bento Gonçalves City. Miolo began cultivating grapes in 1897 and started vinifying its own wines in 1990. It now produces 4 million litres of red, white and sparkling wines grown on 450 hectares, with advice from oenologist Michel Rolland.