Chinese students taste and study wine during a class at the School of Wine of the Dijon Business School.
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Chen Yanfen swirls a glass of Burgundy wine, noting its ruby red robe and fruity bouquet before taking her first sip. She is part of a group of Chinese students diligently imbibing the secrets of winemaking in the rolling hills of the central French region."For most Chinese consumers, French wine is the best, because it has a long history, and it is very famous in the world," 30-year-old Chen said.Like many of her peers at the School of Wine and Spirits Business, she wants to sell French and other foreign wines in China after she finishes the one-year course.While China has grown into a prolific buyer of wine, the country has also set its sights on making its own.At the same time, Chinese investors are snapping up French vineyards, with Chinese tycoons owning more than 100 properties in Bordeaux, the famous wine-producing region of southwest France.So far, the market for French and other foreign wines is small: About 80 percent of Chinese consumers drink wine made in China.
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