中国醇鉴 - Chinese officials promise to speed up grapevine imports

China has so far imported around 6.4m vines from FranceItaly, the US and Australia, which account for 1,066 hectares of vines planted across Shandong, Hebei, Ningxia and Gansu, according to the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision. It said the country’s wine and grape growing industry is still ‘growing rapidly’.
To support this trend, the body said it ‘is looking to shorten the inspection time and simplify the checking process’ when grapevines reach Chinese customs.
It did not provide details on specific measures. But, over the longer-term, its commitment may encourage domestic wine producers to import more quality vines from professional nurseries in more established wine producing countries, which could in turn lead to higher quality wine growing and more experimentation with different grape varieties or clones.
Official figures are hard to obtain, but Marc Dworkin, chief winemaker to Great River Hill winery in Shandong province and who imports rootstock to China, said it takes at least 45 days to get laboratory test results on imported vines.
Chinese authorities already send quarantine officials to key wine producing countries, such as France, Italy and the US, to inspect vines prior to them leaving the country. Foreign quarantine authorities are also given guidelines on what China will and ........ Read more
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