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The site, www.nz-wine.cn, features information about New Zealand's wine-growing regions and key grape varietals. The site's content mirrors the flagship English-language site www.nzwine.com and includes details of upcoming events in Mainland China with links to social media platforms Weibo and WeChat. The site offers an insight of the New Zealand wine industry's widespread commitment to sustainability.
"Creating a Chinese website has been a key part of our communications plan in the Mainland, as it extends core information about New Zealand wine to the widest possible audience" says NZ Winegrower's global marketing director, Chris Yorke.
"We are particularly happy to now have detailed Chinese-language content about sustainability as it illustrates product integrity, which is central to Chinese consumers' confidence in the quality and reliability of New Zealand wine."
Asia marketing manager for New Zealand Winegrowers, Natalie Potts says nearly half of the Mainland population, that is over 600 million, are Internet users.
"Having an online presence in Mandarin is crucial as the Internet is a key information channel for Chinese people. With approximately half of all internet users becoming involved in social media, fans of New Zealand wine can keep track of our activities via the two main social media channels in China – Weibo and WeChat – which are both built in to the website."
The website was created as part of the joint programme between NZ Winegrowers and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, who are working together to promote NZ wine through a variety of activities across China.