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Largest wine cave in East China unveiled in Wencheng
Date:2022-06-25 10:45:25 Source:Wenzhou·China Fonts:[ Large Medium Small ]

A wine cave with a tint of mystery is gradually being opened at the foot of Niulanwan Mountain in Shanxi Town Provincial Forest Park, Wencheng County. This wine cave, which covers an area of more than 10,000 m2 with19 wine cellar areas, 3 vertical and 8 horizontal respectively, can store tons of vintage wine. Its investor and owner, Xue Chongxin from the local Zhengu Wine Co., introduced proudly that “this is the largest wine cave in East China at present.”

“In spite of the huge wine market, Wenzhou’s local wine currently has a small share in the market, and I hope more Wenzhou people know about our wine.” The 57-year-old Xue Chongxin has been making wine for most of his life, and from the day he started making wine at the age of 28, he wanted to possess a huge wine cellar to store his elaborately brewed liquor and popularize his brand “Zhengu”.

Wencheng’s liquor is locally known as “Dengyanshao” (literally eye-glaring spirit), which means that the liquor is so high in alcohol content that your eyes will open wide when you take a sip. However, after three to five years of storing, the liquor will become soft, smooth, rich and mellow.

Although Zhengu Wine Co. founded by Xue Chongxin enjoys some popularity in Wencheng, Xue was still bothered with finding a better “home” for the wine. In 2000, Xue planned to forge a wine cave. “Storing the wine in the cave for one year will bring an effect of storing the wine outside the cave for three years. The cave will allow the wine to undergo an esterification reaction. The constant temperature below 20°C all year round and the stable humidity inside the cellar will allow the wine to age more quickly and make it taste mellow,” Xue said. He has been preparing for nearly 20 years before the approval process finally came to fruition. 2018 saw the official start of the project, and he mobilized all his resources and assets and poured all his savings into building his own “wine kingdom”.

Today, this largest wine cave in East China stores 80,000 jars or approximately 2,000 tons of wine mainly made from glutinous rice, including local yellow wine, white wine and fruit wine, with a maximum age of over 10 years, all brewed with pure grain using the traditional black-skin-red-koji and wheat koji techniques. These wines also mark the riches and hard work of Xue Chongxin for most of his life.

Recently, when the reporter entered the wine cave, the fragrance of wine assailed his nostril. Inside the cave, the wine jars are neatly arranged, layer by layer. With different storage times, many of the wine altars have grown aspergillus niger, waiting for the day to be opened. “In the past, the wine was ‘hidden here and there’, but now it finally has a ‘home’.” Xue said. He intended to market a portion of the vintage this year, promoting the 5-year and 10-year reserve wines first.

Old wine in the cave is going on sale while new wine from the winery outside the cave is constantly being made. According to Xue, the company has now formed an annual production scale of 5,000 tons, and in the future, with the completion of the new plant, production could double. “While expanding the production scale of the winery, we will also open the winery and the wine cave as popular tourist destinations for visitors to experience wine-making and taste wine.”