What do Chinese wine buyers want?
While the Chinese are signalling they won't be buying as much iron ore from Australia in the future, there is one other commodity they can’t get enough of.
Chinese consumers are earning more money and wine retailers in China believe wine fits perfectly into their new lifestyle.
Wine Australia is currently hosting a tour of Chinese wine professionals through a number of South Australian wine regions.
Shanghai based wine retailer, O Koo says there is truth to all the hype around the growing demand for wine in China.
"As people begin to generate a lot of income, they're going to be shifting to a different lifestyle, and wine will be a part of that."
Mr O says understanding the people and culture, landscape and approach to wine is vital to selling wine in any market.
"It's not about the technical aspects of any vintage. We love to talk about the winemaker and see their environment."
It's a strategy Wine Australia is using on the ground in China.
Jessie Qian is a Wine Australia representative based in Shanghai, and she says there's now more people in China who understand where Australian wine comes from.
"Consumers used to think that all Australian wine was the same, but now they have a sense of the different regions - cool and warm for instance.
"There's probably one region in each state that's quite well known in China's big cities, Margaret River in WA, the Barossa in SA for example."
Riverland wine producer, Pam Barich, from Whistling Kite Wines says while there's not a huge benefit for smaller producers from these international tours, the chance to promote the region and hear what Chinese buyers want makes the tour worth it.
"It's good just to get the feedback and hear what they think of our wines."