Driving through China we were surprised at the extent of grape growing and the wide availability of wine in supermarkets and all sorts of small 'neighborhood' shops, even in the smallest, main road village. While sometimes a little creativity is apparent in names such as 'Chateau Aroma' or 'Les Champs D'Or', the wines were generally quite drinkable, if often a little thin. We saw most of the common varietals we would expect in Australia, but nevertheless discovered a new varietal 'Piont Noir'! Perhaps this was simply a misprint? One description on a label read “Le Vin du Desert de Gobi“ and it was interesting to see grapes being grown as we traversed the desert. One problem we found is that bottles could often stay in a restaurant or shop, upright, for a considerable time in temperatures exceeding 30c. Pretty well all the bottles had corks, not screw caps, so China has not yet widely embraced another great Aussie innovation.