Mr. C. K. Chan has been a successful businessman and investor in Mainland China for the past few decades. As a wine-lover himself, he always pondered why China, his home country, wasn’t able to produce premium wines as other countries did.
After a few years of intensive research with his good friend, Sylvian Janvier, instead of waiting for others to fulfill his dream, Mr. Chan decided to combine his two passions in life, investment and wine, and became wine entrepreneur.
In 1997, with the assistance of the renowned French wine scholar, Dr. Denis Boubals, a location in Taigu County, Shanxi, was selected – that is today’s Grace Vineyard and is now one of China’s most highly regarded wine producers in terms of quality.
Many people asked the founder, Mr. Chan, why Grace Vineyard was established in Shanxi, which is a province known for its coal-mining industry and its consequently high levels of air pollution. There are two main reasons behind the site chosen. First, Mr. Chan ran a coal-mining business in Shanxi decades ago. He saw the impact of the industry on the environment and felt compelled to preserve the environment with all of his might. Second, during the investigation of location, our trusted wine scholar discovered that Taigu has Bordeaux-like draining soils, which was ideal for growing vines. Moreover, Taigu is located in the central basin of Shanxi, far from the northern and southern areas where the mining industries are concentrated. The clean air and natural surroundings combined with the sandy soil quality made it the perfect location for growing vines; and the decision has been proven correct through our high-quality wine products.
Grace Vineyard (Yi Yuan, meaning Elegant and Beautiful Garden in Chinese) actually has a deeper meaning – our wishes that everyone enjoys a glass of fine wine with friends and family in this garden of serenity!