Changyu Wine Culture Museum

The Changyu Wine Culture Museum, established in 1992, is located at No.56, Liuma Road, Zhifu District, Yantai City. As the only specialized wine museum in China, it tells the story of the Changyu Winery and attracts a large number of famous people and tourists from home and abroad.

In 1892, when the Westernization Movement was booming, Zhang Bishi, a Chinese living in Malaysia, founded the Changyu Winery in Yantai. His goal was to produce high-quality wine products. In 1915, at the Panama Pacific Exposition, their products -- brandy, red wine and Riesling -- were awarded not only certificates of merit, but also gold medals. The winery has kept its distinction to the present day and has become one of the top 500 industrial enterprises in China.

This museum consists of a hundred year old underground cellar in addition to exhibition halls that vividly highlight Changyu’s glorious history. The four-story museum is composed of a great hall, a history hall, a modern hall, a calligraphy hall and a collection hall. The hardships and glory of the Chinese wine industry are shown through accurate data, valuable pictures and historic objects. The large cellar was built in 1894 and has an area of 3,054 square meters (3,653 square yards). It is more than seven meters (23 feet) deep and was once called ‘the biggest underground cellar in Asia’. It stores about 600 oak wine barrels in 14 different standards. Among these oak wine barrels are three well-preserved large barrels from 1908 which are made of oak from France. Each of them can hold about 15 thousand liters of wine and now they are exhibits.

Besides the museum, visitors can go to Changyu Chateau, where they can pick and taste various kinds of grapes. The whole process of making wine can also be seen in the chateau.

In the museum, one can learn how to choose a fine wine. Here are some basic tips to choose an appropriate one.
1. Red wine is usually served with red meat, cheese, and food with sauces, while white wines go well with fish and vegetables.
2. The price of wine varies according to the quality and usually the decent wine is always expensive, so you should avoid cheap wine. However, this rule is not always s true. Sometimes, a well tasting wine is not inexpensive.
3. The vintage is an important factor in picking a bottle of wine. Generally speaking, the older the wine is, the better it will taste. This is particularly true of French and Italian wines.
4. The color also needs to be taken into consideration. A good wine should be transparent. One can also see the flowing speed. The slower it pours, the better the quality.

Admission Fees CNY 30 or CNY 50
Visitors who pay CNY30 can taste the Changyu Ca bernet Dry Red Wine and Changyu Riesling Dry White Wine. Those who pay CNY 50 can taste the finer Changyu Castel Dry Red Wine and the XO Brandy.
Hours December-February: 08:00-17:00
March-November: 08:00-18:00
Recommended Travel for a Visit One Hour
Transportation Take Bus Line 3, 17 or 28 to Changyu Museum Station
The museum is about 2km from Yantan Railway Station, about 2km from the Yantai Port and about 20km from the local airport.
Guide Service (provided by museum) Chinese, English and Korean tour guide service is provided.

Further Reading

6 Most Expensive Chinese Wines Priced Even Higher than Lafite - No. 1 the Limited Edition You don’t Know!

Best Chinese Wines - Top 10 Brands for You to Choose

- Last updated on Jul. 04, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Changyu Wine Culture Museum
Asked by Ryan Jung from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Oct. 29, 2019 19:21Reply
How far is the museum from Changyu International Winery? and How about fare price?
I am planning to visit both places and not sure if I can take taxi from the Changyu International Winery to the Museum. So my questions is

1) Is there any taxi at changyu international winery to go to the museum?
2) how much would it cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 31, 2019 19:14

The cab fare is around CNY50 but I'm not sure whether it is easy to take taxi. You can take bus 21 to Railway station first, then take bus 32 to Yantai Hospital station, and walk east around 200m to the museum. It takes around 1 hour with CNY2.
Asked by Marin Berovic from SLOVENIA | Aug. 06, 2019 14:29Reply
I intend to visit Changyu Wine Culture Museum how far is from Yantai Airport what transport to use ?
I would like to take return one day return flight from Shanghai / Nantong. What would be taxi price for the drive from Yantai Airport to Museum ? I am International Wine Expert, Member of International Competitions and Wine Writer making my new book My Wine Trail. Prof.Dr.Marin Berovic
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Answered by Theo from USA | Aug. 11, 2019 18:44

If you take taxi, the cab fare is around CNY130 with 1 hour.
Asked by Oletta from U.S.A | Sep. 05, 2017 01:34Reply
Are there vineyards at the back of Changyu Wine Culture Museum?
Can museum visitors visit the vineyards.
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Answered by Anna from ITALY | Sep. 05, 2017 03:04

I heard there is no vineyard. But it is available at the Chateau Changyu AFIP Global, which is at Baiyan Village, Miyun County, Beijing.
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