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Guizhou Renhuai Maotaizhen Treasures Winery

208 Provincial Rd, Renhuai Shi, Zunyi Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China
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See the production of China's most famous firewater Zunyi  China

See the production of China's most famous firewater

As I said in another Zunyi Highlight, this city is famous for two things: Mao Zedong, and Maotai liquor.

Renhuai is a town in Zunyi county northwest of Zunyi city. It was fascinating to see how Maotai is made--a whole tradition of making spirits that is completely unknown in the West. I took a tour and did a tasting at this factory, but there are many others in the area.

Maotai is the most famous brand of the spirit baijiu (literally, white wine or white liquor), which is the drink of choice throughout China. It is also the most expensive, coming in varieties that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle.

If you have the chance, attend a real Chinese banquet, and partake of the baijiu toasts! Be careful not to end up dancing naked in the street if you're not a seasoned drinker--this stuff is potent, sometimes at 53% alcohol.