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Saturday 28 July 2018

Chinese winery snaps up leading Australian winemaker

The Chinese are getting very serious about making their own wines. The latest signing by a leading Chinese winery is Adam Clay, previously a key member of the Penfolds red winemaking team.
Clay has joined China’s COFCO Wine & Spirits as technical director to oversee production at its Great Wall winery, Drinks Business reported.

Clay, 40, worked at Penfolds for 10 years from 2007 to 2017 and is a former Len Evans Tutorial scholar. 

“Adam is honoured to be Great Wall’s technical director, and will work with the team to improve its wine qualities,” the Chinese company said in a press statement.

Prior to being a member of the Penfolds red team, Clay honed his skills in wineries in Italy, California and Australia including at De Bortoli, Marchese de Frescobaldi, Pellegrini Family Vineyards and Deakin Estate.

This is not  the first time Great Wall has worked with a foreign winemaker. Leading Bordeaux wine consultant Michel Rolland has been consulting to the winery’s top wine label Chateau Sungod since 2011. 

Founded in 1978 and one of the oldest and most popular Chinese wineries, Great Wall, has nine different estates across four provinces in China: Ningxia Winery, Chateau Yunmo in Ningxia, Wujiaqu in Xinjiang, Zhuolu Winery, Chateau Sungod, Shacheng Winery, Huaxia Winery, Chateau Huaxia in Hebei province and Penglai Winery in eastern Shandong province.

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