Top 10 influential wine consultants10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Savage
9. Demei Li
Clients: He Lan Qing Xue and Lei Ren Shou in Ningxia, as well as the Ningxia wine bureau; three projects in Xin Jiang, in addition to work for the region’s wine industry association; Red Leaves project in Shacheng and two further projects in Beijing.
Of all the winemaking consultants who are busy accelerating quality levels within China’s closely-watched domestic production scene, it is difficult to find an individual with the influence of Demei Li.
Trained in Bordeaux, including a stint at Château Palmer, 43-year-old Demei Li was the first chef winemaker & technical director for the Sino-French Demonstration Vineyards and winery, a joint venture between the Chinese and French governments.
The majority of his own consultancy work is in the northern regions of Ningxia and Xinjiang. However, as a member of the Chinese Wine Technique Committee, vice-general secretary of the China Wine Association and vice-general secretary of Chinese Viticulture Society, Demei Li is very much at the forefront of his country’s winemaking drive.