Chinese firm buys historic French chateau, vineyard
BORDEAUX (AFP) - A Chinese group specialising in rare teas and luxury hotels has bought a historic chateau and vineyard near Bordeaux with the aim of turning it into a high class tea and wine tasting centre.
The Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, whose interests range from Pu'er - a dark fermented tea from China's Yunnan region - to top-end resorts, acquired La Riviere chateau and its 65-hectare vineyard, the owners said.
"It's the biggest Chinese investment to this day in terms of value," in the wine-producing area, Xavier Buffo, La Riviere's managing director said but did not mention the sum.
The chateau dates back to the 8th century and is associated with Emperor Charlemagne. It was bought in 2003 by James Gregoire who then sold it to the Brilliant group.