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Photograph (clockwise): Renzo Rosso, owner of Diesel Farm; Monty Waldin, the Italian Wine Podcast host; Mi Zhu, Operations Advisor for wine at Ali Baba and guest in episode 26; Waldin with Marilisa Allegrini owner of Allegrini Wines in the Veneto region of Italy.

Photograph (clockwise): Renzo Rosso, owner of Diesel Farm; Monty Waldin, the Italian Wine Podcast host; Mi Zhu, Operations Advisor for wine at Ali Baba and guest in episode 26; Waldin with Marilisa Allegrini owner of Allegrini Wines in the Veneto region of Italy.

Gan Bei with Italian Wine People! Italian Wine Podcast launches a new channel for wine lovers in China

Italian Wine Podcast: Cin Cin with Italian Wine People, the first podcast in English dedicated to Italian wine culture and its main protagonists, is now available in China on the Chinese podcast sharing service Ximalaya.com. On http://www.ximalaya.com/5228876/profile/, Chinese lovers of Italian wines and Italian food culture will now be able to enjoy Monty Waldin’s show from all parts of mainland China.

With 76 episodes to date and various thematic series exploring Italian wine regions, native grape varieties of Italy, Italian wine coops, and more, Italian Wine Podcast showcases the unique Italian wine culture through the voice of its key players: producers in the first place, but also wine writers and experts, sommeliers, and various trade professionals.

Hosted by Monty Waldin, wine writer and biodynamic wine expert based in Italy, Italian Wine Podcast aims to inform, educate, and entertain about Italian wine through engaging conversations in English with “Italian Wine People.” Italian wine producers tell family stories and anecdotes of often century-long connections with the land. They speak of their wine making approaches, viticulture and terroirs, their styles of wine, as well as their favourite wine and food pairings. Chinese listeners will be able to better grasp the Italian wine culture and gastronomy through authentic first-hand accounts from people who are immersed in both the culture and the trade.
Among the Italian wine stories told by Monty Waldin, of an international resonance is the interview with fashion entrepreneur Renzo Rosso, the man behind Diesel Jeans. Rosso, who also produces wine at his Diesel Farm in the Veneto region of Ita-ly, tells Waldin about his humble beginnings growing up on a farm and helping his father with the land and the animals.

The podcasts will also be of interest to Chinese listeners as some episodes give an insight into the reception of Italian wine on various Asian markets. Hong Kong-based JC Viens, Editor of the Spirito DiVino Asia magazine, talks to Waldin about the yet-to-be-exploited potential of Italian wine on the Asian markets. Wine educator based in China Julien Boulard speaks in depth about the Chinese market for Italian wine and his favorite Sicilian wines. Former wine buyer for Amazon China and most recently Operations Advisor for wine at Ali Baba, Zhu Mi discusses Italian wine paired with Chinese food and a new favorite of his, Lambrusco.