Grace Vineyard, a family-owned vineyard in China, is located in Taigu county, 40 km south of Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province. Taigu has a continental climate with distinct seasonal variations, characterized by cold winters, hot summers, low precipitation, and wide diurnal variations in temperature. The clean air and unique climate combined with the Bordeaux-like draining sandy soil provide ideal conditions for wine grape cultivation and growth. Trace back to the Tang Dynasty, a famed poet and philosopher, Liu Yuxi (772 – 842), wrote a poem called Song of the Grape, versifying on grape wine: “… We men of Jin, such grapes so fair, Do cultivate as gems most rare; Of these delicious wine we make, for which men ne’er their thirst can slake” (translated by T. Sampson). This section of the poem shows the evidence that the current Taiyuan, that is the ancient state of Jin, is a place historically known for high-quality grapes and winemaking even dated back to the early 7th century in the Tang Dynasty.
Mr. Chun-Keung Chan founded Grace Vineyard on August 28, 1997, with the assistance of the renowned French wine scholar (Bordeaux oenologist) Denis Boubals and Frenchman Sylvain Janvier. It was not an ordinary dream, but Mr. Chan and his family were able to fulfill it, and the winery has become China’s most popular winery and the winner of international recognition.
Mr. Chan has a vision – building Grace Vineyard as a family legacy. He believes that making high-quality wine is an arduous process that will take generations of effort and devotion.In 2002, Mr. Chan passed his leadership to his daughter, Judy Chan when she was just 24.
Judy is a graduate of the University of Michigan and worked in a global investment bank in Hong Kong. She took over her family business in Taigu and embarked on her journey of this family-owned boutique winery in China.
Mr. Chun Keung Chan was born in Medan, Indonesia in 1951, from where he traces his family roots back to Longyan, Fujian Province in Southeastern China. In 1965, he returned to China and studied at the Beijing Overseas Chinese Training School (now known as the Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College). After being sent by the Party to Inner Mongolia as an apprentice mechanic, Mr. Chan continued his study and graduated from the Taiyuan College of Technology (now known as the Taiyuan University of Technology).
In 1975, Mr. Chan decided to settle in Hong Kong and expand his business interests to a greater level, including businesses on infrastructure and utilities development such as power plant and sewage treatment, corporate investment such as Grace Vineyard, and real estate in China. He is now the President of Origin Holdings (HK) Limited.
Despite his busy schedule, Mr. Chan is actively involved and took part in various cultural and educational programs and other charitable work. Apart from being the Chairman of Grace Vineyard, Mr. Chan is also a member of the Fujian Standing Committee of the CPPCC, Vice President of the Huaqiao University in Fujian, and the Vice President of the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Association.
Judy Chan, President of Grace Vineyard, graduated from the University of Michigan with a double degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies and Organizational Studies. In 2002, Judy resigned from her work at an investment bank and took over her family business. With her determination, vision, and global perspective, she oversees the entire process of winemaking, from grape growing, wine making and bottling, sales and marketing, to strategic planning of Grace Vineyard.
Under Judy’s leadership, the winery has won international recognition and worldwide acclaim, including from famous wine critics Jancis Robinson and James Halliday, as well as the Wine Spectator, Decanter, and other wine magazines. The winery has expanded its market beyond Hong Kong and China, to Japan, Singapore, Great Britain, Belgium and Netherlands.
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,investmentand wine,and became wineentrepreneur.
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 our 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!
Grace Vineyard was founded in 1997 by Mr. Chun-Keung Chan (Hong Kong China) with the support of his good friend Sylvain Janvier from France.
Grace Vineyard began with 69 hectares in Shanxi’s Taigu County.
Three years after the first planting, Grace Vineyard debuted its first vintage “Qingchun” (Spring Celebration in Chinese).
Vineyard Series Red 2001 received a Certificate of Honour at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelle.
Grace Vineyard introduced their newly released wines – Chairman’s Reserve and Tasya’s Reserve, which Tasya’s Reserve was named after our Founder’s first granddaughter Anastasya.
Grace Vineyard became the first Chinese Winery listed at The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel since it opened more than 80 years ago.
Three wines were awarded at the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge, including a silver medal for Tasya’s Reserve Merlot 2001, and the Seal of Approval for our Chairman’s Reserve 2001 and Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Franc 2001.
Three wines were awarded at The International Wine Challenge of Asia, including a silver medal for Tasya’s Reserve Merlot 2001, a bronze medal for the Chairman’s Reserve 2001, and the Seal of Approval for both Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Franc 2001 and Vineyard Series Red 2001.
Grace Vineyard opened its first wine shop at Fuzhou, Fujian province.
Grace Vineyard received a series of certificates, including the Shanxi Province’s Well-Known Trademark, a Certificate of Quality Reputation – Grade AAA, and the Shanxi Best Brand Certification.
Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 was “Commended” at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
Grace Vineyard expanded to 200 hectares, an important milestone marking its 10th year since 1997
Deep Blue 2005 was awarded a bronze medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), whereas Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay 2005 and Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 were “Commended” at the DWWA 2008
Grace Vineyard expanded its presence and opened 13 new wine shops in China, located in Shanghai, Fujian, Guangdong, and Guangxi, selling exclusively its own wine series
Grace Vineyard’s success story has been chosen as a case study for the 2008 MBA courses at the Harvard Business School.
A new Muscat wine called the Symphony Series made via the cooperation between Torres and Grace Vineyard was released
Deep Blue was selected the only Chinese wine to be served in the first class and business class for Cathay Pacific Airlines
Judy Chan, our president, was named as Ones to Watch by Decanter magazine
Judy Chan, our president and CEO, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Hong Kong/Macau region
Deep Blue 2008 was awarded a silver medal and the Best Chinese Wine Award at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (HKIWSC), whereas the following four wines were awarded the bronze medals: Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay 2008, Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Sonata 2008, and the Symphony 2009
Our first wine shop in Fujian was remodeled by top Hong Kong interior designers, setting a foundation in delivering a consistent brand experience across all our wine shops
Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and Deep Blue 2008 were awarded silver and bronze medals respectively at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)
Grace Vineyard redesigned a set of refreshing wine labels for its wine series, except for our iconic Chairman’s Reserve
Grace Vineyard continue driven by its passion for innovation and opened their first upscale fine dining restaurant, EYAN, in Fuzhou
Judy Chan, our president and CEO, was nominated as Fortune’s “Asia’s 25 hottest people in business” and ranked among the 50 most influential business persons in China by Fortune China
Ms. Chan was named the Asian Wine Personality of The Year 2012 by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW)
She was also ranked 8th on the List of 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine 2012 by The Drinks Business
Five wines were awarded medals or “Commended” at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), including silver medals for the Chairman’s Reserve Limited Edition 2010, Tasya’s Reserve Merlot 2010, and Tasya’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010; and “Commended” the Chairman’s Reserve 2009 and Sonata 2010
Three wines were awarded medals or “Commended” at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA), including a silver medal for Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay 2010, a bronze medal for Sonata 2010, and “Commended” the Symphony 2010
Grace Vineyard was named the 2012 Golden Bottle of the Year by Wine Magazine
Judy Chan, our president and CEO, was nominated as one of the Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and 50 Most Influential Persons in the Global Wine Industry by Decanter Magazine
Ms. Chan also included in Forbes Asia’s “Future Women in the Mix in Asia: 12 to Watch” and nominated as the Most Successful Women 2013 by JESSICA HK magazine
She was also invited as a speaker at the Wine Vision in London, UK
Six wines from Grace Vineyard were listed as the stars of the tasting in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion blog, one of the most authoritative guide, reviews, and tasting notes to wines in Australia.
UK wine critic and the world’s most respected wine writer, Jancis Robinson, named Grace Vineyard as the Finest Winery in China in Financial Times UK, as well as included Grace Vineyard into her book “The World Atlas of Wine”
Sonata 2010 was awarded a gold medal at the RVF 2013 China Wine Award
Grace Vineyard was awarded the Most Powerful Winery at the RVF 2013, and also nominated as Top 100 Wineries by China Wine 2013