4. June 2017

About Us

Tea Grower, Artist and Writer

Wenzhuo Liu 刘文卓, after studying Chinese herbal medicine cultivation in China and Horticultural Science in Germany, Wenzhuo started to manage the mountain tea farm and produce Wudang Daoist tea since 2014, which is located high in Wudang mountains, Hubei, China. She began to grow tea trees in northwest Germany to realize her dream that has haunted her heart for more than ten years, of opening up a tea garden from scratch in 2016. She has become a monthly columnist of the China‘s national tea journal <Tea Times> magazine since 2021.

Wenzhuo felt that only through such personal planting experience can people have a better understanding of the ancient Chinese from picking wild tea as medicine, picking seeds to cultivate tea trees, and improving planting techniques to asexual propagation. Like the ancients, she wants to have a deeper understanding of the whole process from eating tea to drinking, and deeply study the history of tea ceremony and tea culture through her own personal experience.

Now there are 200 tea plants in her small experimental tea field, she is actively looking for suitable mountains to plant the tea seedlings that have been cultivated. If she has the opportunity, she hopes to cultivate a tea garden near the Taoist temple built by her husband in the future, Patrick Liu, who is a taoist priest and practices Taoisum.



Wudang Mountain has a long history of Taoist (daoists) planting and processing tea, written records back to the Song dynasty (960-1279), since tea was used in daoist ceremonies often and has many other benefits in their practices. Ancient tea trees could still be found growing among high cliffs in deep forests, nowadays, two varieties used mostly in tea productions are transplanted there in 1970s. Tea leaves are harvested in springs annually and sent to different tea factories nearby to produce high- quality green tea, black tea and dark tea.



Wenzhuo has registered Liu-Tea&Art since 2016 in Germany, with the help of the tea and artist team from Hubei, Yixing and Jingdezhen, they developed two brands: Wudang Daoist Tea and Liu-Chinese Art which includes daoist tea and art items including Wenzhuo’s own art works. Their passion is to spread Wudang daoist tea and art culture in Europe, along with the tea project to build a mountain tea garden and a daoist temple in Germany.



In 2017, the tea garden started in Germany, with tea seeds from Wudang tea trees and seedlings from Tschanara, the Wudang Tea House held a couple of soft openings and events, and monthly updated Tea Blog is official online. The tea project developed well during 2018, tea plants grew and survived in field and green house during the cold and long German winter, and at the same time, thousands of tea seeds from their own Wudang tea farm in China.



In 2019, Wenzhuo has joined in the EuT– Tea grown in Europe association, and  the Wudang tea house, tea garden and German Daoist Temple had reopened in a bigger place covered an area of over 1.3 hectares in order to expand the tea and daoist project.



In 2020, continued the tea project, Wenzhuo has published her fisrt tea book about tea and daoism, <Cha Pu 茶谱 Tea Notes – the Daoist Tea Book>, tea articles on the China‘s national tea journal <Tea Times 茶博览>, Asian magazine <Coffee Tea & I> and Tianmu News 天目新闻. She has begun to be a monthly columnist of <Tea Times> magazine from 2021.



 

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