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Chinese companies are already present in the French wine, through control of wine cellars in Bordeaux and Burgundy. Now, a new transaction afinaza further the interest of entrepreneurs in the Asian giant to seize the production of wines Gauls, since in China have increasing presence and reach much higher prices than in Europe. The last operation, closed earlier this month, has been the purchase of Château Bellefont-Belcier a hotel cellar, wooded area about 13 hectares of vineyards, which involves the purchase, for the first time by a Chinese businessman, a grand cru classé of Saint-Emilion appellation. Grand cru classé is a score that is given only to the most highly regarded wineries within the denomination.
The transaction of the property, located in the southwest of Bordeaux, and "finalized", according to confirmed the château and the middle of the transaction, the signing Franck Lagorce. Negotiations had been ongoing for months. According to a source close these negotiations have focused on a range of between 1.5 and 2 million euros per hectare Bellefont-Belcier farm has about 13 acres of vineyards and 20 hectares of total area.
The buyer is a Chinese manufacturer of 45 years, Mr. Wang, who has steel activities in China. This country last year became the first export destination for Bordeaux wines, and there come to sell up to ten times more expensive than in France. The agreement was revealed by the magazine in the wine sector Terre de Vins , Group of the South West.
30 farms in Chinese hands
This acquisition is the most prestigious on year in recent years by a Chinese investor in Bordeaux, where entrepreneurs of this country have acquired at least 30 farms and vineyards in the last four years. According to industry analysts and real estate experts, operations and focus ceserán not graduclamente most prestigious areas. In total, approximately 8,000 Bordeaux has production properties. 40 areas are now owned by Belgian investors and Next in the Chinese. Owners are also some Americans, South African or Japanese, although less powerful.
The symbolic key handover has already been done. The domain is located in the municipality of Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, near Saint-Emilion, a town that names the name. The vineyard Bellefont-Belcier has a small hotel capacity, but can accommodate up to 400 people for weddings or seminars, and has a dozen employees, who already appeared before the Chinese new owner, which so far has not revealed its plans and has returned home.