Shaoxing committed to brewing better rice wine
Shaoxing announces the regulations on preserving and developing yellow rice wine at a news conference on Sept 16. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
A set of regulations on preserving and developing yellow rice wine will take effect on Oct 1, according to officials at the local government's news conference on Sept 16.
Local authorities said that the regulations include six chapters and 32 articles. They were formulated to preserve the ancient brewing techniques, reduce infringement and fraud, as well as increase yellow rice wine's market share against beers and spirits.
The regulations also offered industry standards regarding raw materials, product quality, and the application of digital technologies in sales.
Shaoxing yellow rice wine is often used as the Chinese equivalent to the ubiquitous cooking sherry. It was first brewed over 2,500 years ago, and its brewing technique was listed as a State-level intangible cultural heritage item in 2006.
It is China's first alcoholic geographical indication product and is an important piece of historical and cultural heritage worth protecting, said local authorities.