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China sets new 'Estate Wine' standard to help drive up quality

China has created a new “Estate Wine” status and granted it to sixteen wineries. It starts the process of creating an official regulation system for quality wines. The Estate grapes must all come from the estate and the wines will have a limit imposed on the production yields.

Estate wines in China is similar to Domaine and Chateau wines in France, where a Domaine makes wines only from vineyards owned by the Domaine, while Chateau wines only come from vineyards associated with a single Chateau or Estate. Wines of South Africa has Estate Wines which, like China, must come from a single estate and grapes must be made into wine and bottled on the estate.