Yellow rice wine, beer and wine are known as the world’s three ancient alcoholic beverages, of which the yellow rice wine is the only one that originated from China. It is also China’s oldest alcoholic drink. And among all the rice wines, Shaoxing rice wine best embodies all the characteristics of Chinese rice wine.
Shaoxing rice wine has a written history of more than 2500 years. In fact, it has been proved by the great amount of cultivated rice and wine vessels unearthed in Hemudu that Shaoxing rice wine has a history of at least six or seven thousand years. In 2006, Shaoxing rice wine brewing technique was listed as a national non-material heritage. Yellow rice wine has been considered as not only China’s national quintessence, but also a world heritage.
Gu Yue Long Shan Shaoxing rice wine uses quality glutinous rice, wheat and water from the Jian Lake as raw materials. And its brewing technique has a history of thousands of years. The brewing process strictly follows the ancient traditions. Wine yeast is made in Lunar July, wheat koji in Lunar August and fermented rice wine in Lunar September. On Beginning of Winter, raw materials are put into production and the brewing process starts. After a unique complex fermentation process that lasts over 90 days, pressing and decocting start on Beginning of Spring of the following year. Then, the wine is filled into jar and sealed by mud and carefully stored. The rice wine will finally achieve a top-grade quality after being stored for several years or even decades.