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A Daoist priest blesses the wine, which is being sold in Britain for around £13 a bottle Share.

A financier who battled with party politics, typhoons and irate farmers to set up a vineyard in China has now begun exporting to Britain.

It has taken several million pounds, a decade of frustration and 600 tons of chicken manure, but Chris Ruffle has finally achieved his dream.

Her real name is Wang Fang, but in the wine world, she’s known as “Crazy Fang” for her innovative winemaking.

Leading the generation is pioneering winemaker 'Crazy Fang', whose top Chinese reds landed in Australia, just in time for Lunar New Year.

Her real name is Wang Fang, but in the wine world, she’s known as “Crazy Fang” for her innovative winemaking..

If the FW100 looked a little shaky though, the broader Fine Wine 1000 index rumbled on in February, up 1.1% on its January finish. Source: Liv-ex.com

While the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index trended downwards in February, the broader Fine Wine 1000 climbed to yet another record high.

The Fine Wine 100 index tracks the 100 most frequently traded labels on the secondary market and is the industry benchmark.

The Chinese government hopes that vineyards can help transform rural life.

Ningxia’s wineries have been winning awards, but they are also part of Beijing’s new vision for rural life.

The city of Yinchuan, in northwestern China, is the capital of Ningxia, a tiny lozenge of land that accounts for just half a per cent of China’s population and a similarly tiny proportion of its landmass.

The Petrus collection spanned 1964-1999 and was sold for $113,406 in total.

Sotheby’s opening sale of the year in New York exceeded its high estimate to make over US$2 million, lead by strong bidding for mature Petrus and Vega Sicilia among other rare offerings.