The Asian wineries making their mark on the industry

Wine production and consumption is now a global industry and Asian wineries are leading this charge. While the investment market is still dominated by the Old World wine makers in Burgundy and Bordeaux, there are increasing opportunities in some of the lesser known regions.

And for wine investors seeking value in a crowded market, the latter category offers a chance to get ahead.

Five Asian wineries to watch for fine wine investors

Asia is an enormous and incredibly diverse region. Climates vary from the harsh high-altitude conditions of the Himalayas to the more tropical climes of India. Yet this diversity of growing conditions means there are some interesting regional variations to investigate.

Asia has a lot to offer fine wine investors if you know where to look. Here are some of our favourites.

1. Chateau Sun God Great Wall, China

Most discussions of winemaking in Asia begin with China. Chinese wine production is booming, and interest is growing in the country’s leading wineries. Chateau Sun God on the spectacular Sanggan River is certainly one of them. Each year they produce a limited number of fine wines of the very highest quality.  

One to try:

Chateau Sun God Reserve Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005

A top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon from arguably the best winemakers in China.

2. Grace Vineyards, Japan

They’ve been making high quality wines at the Grace Vineyards site since 1923, and the current owners are the third generation of makers from the founding family. Over the years the winery has established an excellent reputation for creating high-quality wines. The 12-hectare site is in foothills of the Kayagatake mountain range and offers ideal growing conditions.

One to try:

Cuvée Misawa Rouge 2013

An excellent red with hints of cedar and liquorice..

3. Sula Vineyards, India

These vineyards close to Nashik in central India are located in a region that produces around 80 per cent of the country’s wine. The vineyard’s owners spent time honing their skills with the wine growers of California before starting the winery here. Today they’re producing some excellent vintages, with a focus on sustainability and community support.

One to try:

Sula Rasa

Our pick is a classic Shiraz, lovingly aged in oak barrels.

4. Château Mercian, Japan

It’s back to Japan for our next pick. The Château Mercian winery was one of the very first Japanese wine producers and was named Winery of the Year by the Asian Wine Review in 2019. It was well deserved – over the years they’ve used the cooler climate here to create some excellent reds as well as some crisp whites. A leading Asian winery with a long history and a promising future ahead.

One to try:

Iwade Koshu Kiiroka Cuvée Ueno

A typically citrus-packed white that shows off the skills of the team at Château Mercian.

5. Silver Heights, China

Silver Heights share the same latitude with wine making regions such as Napa, and Bordeaux. It’s in the perfect location to grow great wine grapes and they’ve produced some very high-quality wines that stand up well on the global market.

One to try:
Emma’s Reserve

Emma’s Reserve is a classy Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend that more than holds its own against a Bordeaux red.