Wine Culture 美酒文化 Time-Honored Plum Wine 历史悠久的青梅酒

In China, plum wine is famous for its time-honored history and cultural richness. Since ancient times, there have been a lot of literary quotations about the plum, with “warming wine with plum” in particular being the most popular one. According to, The History of the Three Kingdoms, in the fifth year of Jian’an Period of Han Dynasty (A.D. 200), Liu Bei "learnt planting vegetables in Xutian as the stratagem of concealment." Cao Cao invited Liu Bei to discuss heroes with wine stewed with plum, which was recorded in history.
As a popular product, plum wine produced for personal drinking using local methods has a long history in Yunnan, Guangdong, Fujian and other places in China. Moreover, Japan and South Korea also traditionally drink plum wine. The alcohol content of wine used for immersing plums should be between 25% and 40%; if the alcohol content is too high, the resulting plum wine will be too strong.
There are two types of production techniques of plum wine:
1. Immersed plum wine: this method immerses fresh green plums in rice wine or yellow wine, and is seen in some areas of Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu.
2. Fermented plum wine: this method piles up plums to produce fermented plum wine, which has a unique taste, but it is difficult to store and the precipitation issue has not been well addressed.
With both fruity sweetness and strong taste of liquor, plum wine offers tart, mellow, and sweet flavors and can be stored for years. Additionally, plum wine has many functions, including regulate one’s digestive system, cleansing one’s blood, treating rheumatism, heatstroke, and stomach overload, removing fatigue and, perhaps best of all, increasing one’s physical beauty.

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