Top 10 most influential women in China’s wine trade

Here are the top 10 most influential women in mainland China’s wine trade that have helped shape today’s market either in domestic wine production, imported wine sector or the fast expanding e-commerce sector.

In the imported wine sector, Aline Bao from the country’s leading importer COFCO Wine and Wine, and Cynthia Yang, tasked with global wine procurement at China’s second largest E-commerce giant JD.com, are key decision-makers that affect the wines sold in China in physical retail and online stores.

Looking inward to China’s own wine production, we are pleased to see four key women in China’s Ningxia, Xinjiang and Shanxi are lifting the country’s reputation as a wine producer, with their well crafted wines, be it from Silver Heights, Grace Vineyard, Tiansai Vineyards or Kanaan Winery.

Education is another key factor in any wine market’s growth. Hence, we selected two leading educators that helped to spread wine knowledge on the mainland. Of course, there’s also another rising online influencer who is said to “have converted more people to wine drinkers than any other retailer, media, or platform in China”.

The ranking is in no particular order and focuses only on personalities in mainland China, hence excluding Hong Kong’s powerful trio, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Debra Meiburg MW and Sarah Heller MW.

Click through the pages to find out who are the women shaping today’s Chinese wine market.

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