Waitrose is set to be the first UK supermarket to sell a wine from China – a red blend billed as the perfect match for a Friday night takeaway.
Changyu Cabernet Gernischt 2011 will be on the retailer’s shelves from mid-August and will feature in its Waitrose World of Wine showcase from 28 August – alongside a Brazilian sparkling also claimed as a first for a UK supermarket.
Miolo Cuvee Tradition Brut Rose NV, priced at £11.99, is described as having ‘a gorgeous rose pink hue, fine and persistent mousse with delicate strawberry and cherry fruit aromas’.
The Changyu wine is from Ningxia, and is said to be ‘spicy, aromatic and juicy’, selling at £9.99 a bottle.
‘We’re bringing in a new era of lesser-known wines being sold in the UK as the interest in China, and more specifically the Chinese wine industry, continues to grow,’ said Waitrose wine buyer Katie Mollet.
‘The Changyu is also great for your Friday night takeaway; perfect with Chinese-style beef with ginger and spring onion.’
The introduction of the new wines follows the supermarket’s successful launch of two Indian wines last year.
Written by Richard Woodard