Hunting Fake Wines in China

In part one of a five-part series, Nick Bartman uncovers some startling new information about China’s growing counterfeit market, including that, unbeknownst to her, Jancis Robinson is a consulting winemaker in the Shandong province. It gets worse: “In and out of some 15 wineries and bottling plants, I saw evidence of counterfeit labels and packaging with brands and appellations that were clearly copies, as crucially there was no evidence of imported barrels, flexi tanks or facilities to process imported bulk wine. But why would there be? I was in winemaking territory and also in China, home of the most prolific counterfeiters in the world.” [Purple Pages]