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China's largest wine museum opens to public in Qingdao

By : Xinhua|Updated: 2010-04-06

QINGDAO, April 6 (Xinhua) -- China's largest wine museum has opened to the pubic in east China's Qingdao City, attracting more than 5,000 visitors in less than two weeks.

Built in an old civil air defense project, the 8,800 square meter Qingdao Wine Museum introduced the process of grape planting, the history of wine brewing and world famous wineries. Cellars and more than 3,000 wine sets were displayed from March 26, when the museum was opened.

Visitors can taste wine from about 17 countries for free. They can also store the their wine in the museum's "wine bank", said Wang Qifan, the museum curator.

China is Asia's largest wine consumer. The annual consumption per capita in China is 1.1 kg, only one third of the world average.

The market will grow rapidly as the Chinese living standard is rising and more people became interested in drinking wine and its health benefits, Wang said.