Top 10 influential wine consultants

10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

 9. Demei Li

Demei LiClients: 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.

10 Responses to “Top 10 influential wine consultants”

  1. Kevin Robinson says:

    Amazingly, you left out David Ramey who Robert Parker claimed as one of the best in our industry!

  2. Greg Gillooly says:

    I’ve always maintained that there are only two stories to tell in all of fine wine promotion: the ” hallowed ground” story and the “magic chef” story. Now the “magic chefs” come to the “hallowed ground” where ever it may be. What a wonderful world this is!
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  3. Tom Payette says:

    So proud to see my mentor Mr. Boissenot and his son as the number one. You have his this spot on in ranking as best you could. Mr. Boissnot and his family are top notch and have taught me so very much. A Votre Sante !

  4. Andrew Healy says:

    Not a mention of Philippe Melka or Guy Anderson……

  5. Jamie Smith says:

    solid list and respect to wine consultants in shaping the wine supply chain and building wine brands!

  6. VinConnect says:

    Philippe Cambie and Philippe Melka would like to have a word with you…

  7. winedoggie says:

    You also left out Nick Goldschmidt. Over 30 years in the industry, consulting all over the world and makes some really amazing wines.

  8. sukumar das says:

    i like to set up a plant and seeking for consultancy

  9. Manjush Garg says:

    We are looking at setting up a wine import branding and sales platform and are on a look out for Wine Consultants and Tasters to guide us select some good wines from each wine producing region. Look forward to your inputs on this.

    • andrew says:

      HI Manjush,
      I represent a range of Australia and New Zealands largest and finest wine brands. Let me know how I can help you.
      Andrew

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