President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said yesterday he hopes Taichung County, which was badly damaged by the 921earthquake, can be developed into a world-class wine-producing region "like France's Bordeaux area."
Chen made the remarks while attending the opening of a European-style recreational vineyard in Taichung County's Waipu township.
As a result of careful planning and assistance from the Council of Agriculture, the 9-21 Earthquake Post-Disaster Recovery Commission and the Taichung County Government, nine tourist vineyards have been established in the quake zone, five of which have begun commercial operations.
Among them is the Houli Shusheng Vineyard, which was inaugurated with Chen's blessing. Well-wishers also included Taichung County Magistrate Huang chung-sheng (
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Chen said he was impressed by the flavor of the red wine made from two special strains of grape grown at the vineyard.
Given its beautiful scenery and the wisdom of the people, their perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit, Chen said, he is convinced that Taichung County's quake-affected region can someday be developed into a "world-class vineyard that can compete with Bordeaux" -- perhaps the greatest wine-producing region on Earth.