Orange County-based Barboursville Vineyards has signed a deal with Tianjin Tewoo Group to export Barboursville wines to China.
The agreement is believed to be the first commercial transaction between a Virginia winery and a Chinese importer.
Gov. Bob McDonald said the deal was the result of a trade and marketing mission to Asia in May where seven Virginia wineries were highlighted,
The Tianjin Tewoo Group is the 53rd largest company in China. The group includes more than 200 companies in industries such as automotives, recycled metal and plastics, minerals, commercial real estate and energy. Its sales in 2010 totaled $23 billion.
Barboursville, which also exports wine to the United Kingdom, is one of Virginia’s largest wineries. Located on a farm once owned by James Barbour, the 18th governor of Virginia, the vineyard and winery were started in 1976 by the Zonin family. The family also leads the largest private grape-growing and winemaking company in Italy.
Virginia, which has nearly 200 wineries, is the nation’s fifth largest wine producer and seventh largest wine grape producer.
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