Chris and Tiffany Ruffle founded Treaty Port Vineyards in 2004, planting vines in the Qiushan Valley near Penglai between 2005 and 2007. The vineyard is planted on granite and located at a latitude of 37.6 degrees north, where the vines can thrive in long sunshine hours and a constant sea breeze.
The 18 hectare (270mu) vineyard is situated on the South side of Qiushan (elevation 190 meters), between hill and lake, and enjoys its own micro-climate. The mountain is named after the famous 13th century Taoist philosopher Qiu Chuji, whose temple is in the vineyard. Other international wineries have followed Chris’pioneering work; Chateau Lafite planted its first vineyard in Asia next door in 2009, and produced its first vintage here in 2017.
Treaty Port uses Australian low-temperature fermentation techniques and employs an organic approach in its vineyard. Grape yield is strictly controlled through green pruning. We design our wines to match Chinese cuisine and suit the taste of Chinese people. Our bottle designs reflect pride in our origins, and use a modern, convenient screw-top cap. Our white, rose and light red wines are suitable for early drinking. Our reserve reds can be cellared for 10 years or more.
In the winery we have tried to follow Wang Yang Ming’sconcept of “the unity of action and knowledge” to produce the best wine we can from our unique terroir. The full story can be read in Chris’ book “A Decent Bottle of Wine in China”