Chien Hao Chen #183

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Chien Hao Chen is an Assistant Professor of Wine and Spirits at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism of Taiwan and a Professor at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong.Nominations 2023-2024/Ambassador/Ambassador of the Year/
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Professor of Oenology, Doctor of Agriculture, Wine Judge

Chien Hao Chen is an Associate Professor of Wine and Spirits at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism of Taiwan and a Professor at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. He has a PhD in Tropical Agriculture and a Master of OIV from the University of Paris Nanterre. He is a CIVB-qualified International Wine Educator. Chien Hao Chen has been one of the reputable judges of the Mundus Vini wine competition for more than 15 years.

The only Asian University of Burgundy student now is the speaker for Taiwanese wine at the Université de Bordeaux Agro Science/ISVV

Having obtained the right of residence in Switzerland decades ago, Chien Hao Chen decided to go to France to study Enology at the University of Burgundy. He was the first Asian student on the faculty. All his classmates came from winemaking families with five or six generations. “I was the only one who doesn’t have a vineyard!”, he said.  On the other hand, seeing the local people taking root in the land for generations and establishing high-value-added sophisticated agriculture he was inspired to create Taiwan’s wine. Today Chien Hao Chen talks about Wine and Spirits made in Taiwan at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin ISVV Uinversité de Bordeaux.

The Winemaker Behind the Award-Winning Vino Formosa

Nowadays Chien Hao Chen drives Taiwan’s wine spirit renaissance. Chen is the winemaker behind the Vino Formosa, a liqueur wine that is the only Taiwanese wine awarded with 3 Trophies, 11 Gold and 6 Silver Medals in 10 different international wine competitions. The grape varieties Golden Muscat and Black Queen were imported by the Taiwan Empire University during the Japanese era and planted in 1942 by a Taichung local farmer Mr. Hong Shu Sheng.

Chien Hao Chen spent over the last 20 years developing the special winemaking technic and has finally gained international recognition around the world.

The Vino Formosa fortified liqueur wine exhibits the characteristic grapey honey aroma, as well as citrus, rose, orange, confected fruits, toffee and raisins flavors with well balance in tastes. The Vino Formosa brand’s red and white wine is made in collaboration with Taichung’s Shu Sheng Leisure Domaine.

Chen is the first winemaker in Taiwan to obtain a French wine-making technician license. He is a professional sommelier who has advised three Michelin-star restaurants since 2010.

Chien Hao Chen was among the Tatler Asia’s Most Influential list for 2021 and 2023. He has an honorary diploma for the Mundus Vini 2024 as one of the most experienced wine judges.