Bordeaux-China: Saint-Emilion wines officially open their exhibition at the Pu’Er tea museum

Monday January 23 2017 by Vitisphere

Close connections between wine and tea civilisations have brought together the towns of Libourne, capital of the Saint-Emilion wine region, and Pu’Er, the capital of Yunnan tea. Both are listed as Unesco World Heritage sites and there are clear similarities between the two, hence the decision to organise an exhibition titled ‘When tea and wine civilisations come together’ which was officially opened on December 9 in Pu’Er.

Three hundred objects from the world of wine have been collected and will be displayed for two years, honouring wines produced by members of the Saint-Emilion wine council (also including the Fronsac, Lussac, Pomerol, Puisseguin appellations). The aim is to teach Chinese visitors about the parallels between producing and drinking tea, which they are very familiar with, and wines grown 10,000 kilometres away.

Although the connection between the two now seem obvious, it originally seemed to have emerged out of nowhere. “In winter 2011, I received an unlikely call from the French Embassy in Beijing”, recalled Philippe Buisson, the mayor of Libourne, in his speech at the official opening ceremony. The Embassy told him that Pu’Er “wanted to strike up an economic co-operation agreement with a wine capital. This marked the start of a highly beneficial collaborative arrangement”, he stressed.

In 2012, Libourne and Pu’Er signed a partnership agreement paving the way for Pu’Er to be showcased during the first Libourne tea show in 2013 and then the first Libourne wine festival in 2015.

[ Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Conseil des Vins de Saint Emilion]
 

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