Guizhou International Wine Festival

The 2015 Wine Festival is starting Wednesday September 9, 2015. For details about this important festival, visit the following links showing last year’s activities:


Finding Waldo, The USA exhibits were hard to find, but were there.

The USA exhibits at the China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Exposition were hard to find, but the wine tasted good.

Wine Fest Snapshots – The Flavor of the Festival

Alco-Tourism. These are some of my favorite shots from the wine festival.  They capture the flavor of the event.

Alco-Tourism, Many Countries at the Guizhou Wine Fest

I visited the Wine Festival from the 9th to the 12th.  Most of the action takes place on September 10 and 11, with a lot of public there and wineries in full competition.  The 9th saw the festival open only to exhibitors, with opening to public toward the end of the day. Many countries were represented. The Guizhou government subsidized travel expenses, paid for shipping of wine, and provided free kiosks to the exhibitors. In a “Where’s Waldo” moment, I had trouble finding the USA exhibitions. They were kind of tucked away, and not well presented. Not many USA wineries were represented, by comparison to France, Italy, Eastern Europe, and South America. Another Where’s Waldo moment was when my Argentine friend looked for his home country. Although Argentina wine is all over Guiyang, Argentina wasn’t represented at the Expo. Maybe that was a mistake . . .



The China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Expo opens September 9 and brings winery people, wine lovers and tourists together in Guiyang, the Capital of Guizhou Province. China is a big producer and consumer of alcohol and Guizhou is the home of Moutai, the national liquor of China. Guizhou is also one of the most beautiful provinces of China, with abundant water, mountains, forests, and minority peoples, with their traditional customs, costumes, and rituals. It is a world class tourist destination, that remains remarkably unspoiled. This conference brings people from wineries all over the world, including: South America, Europe, the USA, Mexico, Australia, and, of course, Asia. According to China Daily, as of August 31, 2014, ( ) more than 1,400 exhibitors from China and abroad have confirmed their attendance at the fourth China-Guizhou International Alcoholic Beverages Expo. This year’s Expo has attracted over 900 overseas exhibitors accounting for 64 percent of the total number of exhibitors, according to the organizing committee office. There are also 500 domestic exhibitors like Moutai, Wuninagye Liquor, Luzhou Laojiao, Yanjing Beer and Qingdao Beer. Meanwhile, 10 provinces, including Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Gansu, Anhui, Heilongjiang, Shanxi, Qinghai, Jiangxi and Ningxia, have established pavilions to show their image to the public.