No discussion about tea is complete without mentioning China. Tea and China have have had a relationship well before the birth of Christ. There was a time when the Chinese had categorized over 8000 different types of tea. Today tea is grown in 18 regions, the majority of that being green tea. Chinese teas generally are sold by names that let the buyer know their origin and quality . Although mechanization has made some inroads into tea production, due to the huge workforce and a love of tea, hand made teas are still common place. With worldwide demand increasing for fine teas, China stands poised to increase market share. Tea is currently 3rd in China's exports,( but gaining ground )after silk and grain.
An organization called "Chinese Business World" publishes China: Reform of the Taxation System, a source of general commercial information, as well as tax, about China. Unfortunately, it was last updated in May, 1997.
The Chinese have been making wine as long as Europeans, perhaps longer. While wine was considered medicinal in Europe, it was also enjoyed as a beverage. In China, the medicinal qualities continue to dominate wine production. In the US cough syrups and other alcohol based medicines are common, in China they are more common than wine as a beverage. As China enters the world market more traditional western style wines are being produced; thanks largely to cooperative efforts of the French. The quality varies greatly and grape growing has not been perfected, but there remains potential.