Independent winemaking was illegal in Taiwan for a long time due to the monopoly granted to the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation. Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation produced just one wine, a rosé. With liberalization following the end of military rule independent winemakers became legal in 2002 and in 2014 a Taiwanese wine won its first gold medal at an international competition. The primary grapes cultivated for winemaking in Taiwan are Black Queen and Golden Muscat which were both introduced to the country in the 1950s. The relative rarity and high quality of Taiwanese wines makes them particularly prized by Hong Kong collectors.
Although it was once largely lost Taiwan's indigenous winemaking culture is staging a comeback. Two of the most acclaimed wineries are Domaine Shu Sheng and Weightstone Vineyard Estate & Winery.
Awards and recognitions
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- Cheung, Han (21 March 2020). "Vina Formosa comes of age". www.taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
- Wang, Ann. "Taiwan's award-winning winemaker aims to revive fading tradition". www.thejakartapost.com. Reuters. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
- Huichen Chou, Cybil. "Why Hong Kong connoisseurs – and Michelin-star chefs – are taking note of Taiwan's wines". www.scmp.com. SCMP. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- Hui-ning, Hu. "Taichung red wine wins gold medal in France". www.taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- "Taiwanese wines win gold medals in French competition". focustaiwan.tw. Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 30 November 2020.