For proof that experience isn’t necessarily the key to quality winemaking, we present the following chart.
Only in the last decade or so has much decent wine begun to be produced in China. Matching the right grape to the right climate has been the primary challenge, although technology also had been lagging to a great extent.
That’s changing now, and time will tell as to whether China will become a major player on the global wine scene.
As you can see from noting when wine first arrived in various regions around the world, it’s about time…
* China — 7,000 BC
* Mesopotamia — 6,000 BC
* Egypt — 5,000 BC
* Phoenicia (North Africa) — 3,000 BC
* Cyprus — 3,000 BC
* Greece — 2000 BC
* Southern and Central Europe — 1,000 BC
* Northern Europe — 500 BC
Especially in Europe — Italy, France, Germany — we often hear about winemaking techniques being handed down through the generations. Typically, many generations.
Today, the most successful wine estates tend to be those that have found a way to seamlessly meld tradition with technology.
China now has the technology, but even though it had the history of winemaking, it didn’t have the tradition.
Thousands of years later, the Europeans planted their first grapes and were (relatively) quickly able to pass along their experiences and practices.
That tradition has made all the difference and played a key role in bringing quality winemaking first to North America and then to South America.
When it comes to winemaking, experience matters only when it’s accompanied by learning.