Xiamen: the next biggest wine import city?

Located in Fujian province, Xiamen has opened a 5,900 square meter wine trading centre and hopes to become the largest trading centre for imported wines in China.

The Xiamen International Wine Exchange (XIWE) is designed to increase the region’s imported wine capacity, especially for medium and high-end wines.

The centre was built with facilities for wine exhibition, trading, tasting, and training.

Xiamen was one of the first ports in China to import wines, and is the third-largest hub for wine right now.

Over the first six months of 2017, wines worth US$47 million were imported, with a majority of them French wines, said the Xiamen Daily.

The city is also the largest importer of beer, with 108 million litres arriving in the first half of 2017.