Chinese owner in Bordeaux
Demand for wines is increasing considerably in China with the development and the economic opening of the country.
One of the consequence is the attractivity of French vineyards for Chinese investors who decide to go up the value chain and to control the production.
Another option is to buy a winery..And why not in Bordeaux, the most popular wine region in the world.
Although this is not as easy as it seems, someone can!
The first Chinese acquisition was Chateau Latour Laguens in 2008. Since that time there have been 30 completed sales. Many people dream of buying a chateau, but for many of them a tourist tour is enough.
Chinese tourists are increasingly drawn to the wine tour and many of the chateau owned by Chinese people are becoming a tourist destination more than a place where wine is produced.
Chinese Owned Chateaux:
Château du Grand Mouëys // Right bank of the Garonne River, in the Entre-deux-Mers area where it has been a wine estate since before the French Revolution.
“For Chinese people, the Bordeaux region is a paradise of wine, for the drink but also for the image of France, the landscapes and the chateaux,” said Li Lijuan, the 28-year old in charge of managing the Grand Moueys property.
Château Latour-Laguens // Saint Martin du Puy
With its fairytale turrets and a 15th-Century tower, Chateau Latour Laguens is surrounded by vineyards in a region steeped in European tradition.
Château Monlot // Saint-Emilion
The owner is the famous Chinese actress Zhao Wei (you may have seen her in John Woo’s historical epic Red Cliff or Mulan). Monlot has 7 hectares of vines and the chateau building is a popular guest house – having won the Best of Wine Tourism (Gironde) 2003/2004.
Château Barateau // Saint-Laurent-Médoc
Chateau Thebot (AOC Bordeaux) is part of 4 purchases by Cheng Qu from Dalian who bought Chateau Chenu Lafitte (Cotes de Bourg) in 2010 and is reported to want to open a theme park based on wine