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Yantai Changyu

In 1892, Cheong Fatt Tze vulgo Chang Bishi (1841-1916), formerly a diplomat in Europe, founded a winery called "Chang Yu" in Yantai, Shandong Province, China. The name is formed from the family name and the Chinese characters for "prosperity". The foundation comes with the beginning of the modern wine history China equated. Chang Bishi bought 67 hectares of land and introduced 150 European Vinifera varieties for testing. He was aware that modern viticulture would only be possible with the support of European experts. The Austro-Hungarian consul Baron Max von Babo (1862-1933) was hired as advisor and butler; Son of the well-known August-Wilhelm von Babo (1827-1894). Babo led barrels, presses and 400,000 Riesling seedlings out Austria and brought the winery to international reputation. Under Chang Chengquing (1872-1914), the founding nephew and first general manager, the Great Cellar was completed, created 3,000 hectares of vineyards and developed many products. In 1992, Changyu Wine Culture Museum was opened in the Zhifu District, where the long history of the winery with many artifacts and other Chinese wine producers is shown.

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