In China, wine culture has a long history. As early as 2,000 years ago, wine was introduced into China from the West. But the history of modern winemaking began in 1892.


In this year, Mr. Zhang Bishi, a patriotic expatriate Chinese, founded China’s first commercial winery, Changyu, in Yantai, Shandong. At that time, Changyu introduced 124 noble wine grape varieties from Europe, built the first underground wine cellar in Asia, and hired winemakers from Austria, Italy and other Western countries to develop the first bottlings of international quality wine and brandy in China.


In 1915, Changyu won four first-class medals, the highest awards of the event, at the Panama Exposition (predecessor of the World Expo) held in San Francisco, USA.


In 2002, Changyu took the lead in introducing the “Chateau” concept in China and built eight chateau in six high-quality production areas of Yantai, Liaoning, Beijing, Ningxia, Shaanxi and Xinjiang. In addition, Changyu also accelerated its global deployment and successively acquired six chateaux in France, Spain, Chile and Australia. Currently, Changyu runs 14 chateau, 20 wineries, an International Wine City and thousands of hectares of vineyards all around the world.


In 2017, Changyu continued to be among the world’s top four wine brands according to Drinks Business, an international authoritative drinks magazine.


On the current Chinese wine market, Changyu have been ranked industry leader for more than 20 consecutive years in regards to market share, production and sales volume, and profitability. Changyu’s products are exported to more than 70 countries around the world. In the past three years, Changyu has won more than 100 gold medals in influential competitions, both domestic and abroad.


In addition, many international media such as the British Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg News, also pay great attention to Changyu. Dozens of international wine experts and internationally renowned sommeliers, such as Jancis Robinson MW, John Salvi MW, Frank Kämmer MS, have given Changyu great recognition.


Changyu – the birthplace of China’s wine industry