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 Alfeld (Leine), opened up a tea garden from scratch in 2016. By 2022, Wudang teahouse and tea garden in Germany have expanded to cover an area of more than 1.4 hectares, and some of the hundreds of tea trees have been able to pick fresh leaves. Her tea book and tea articles have also been rewarded and published in magazines and academic books in recent years, she has become a monthly columnist of the China national tea journal <Tea Times> magazine since 2021. In 2022, she launched the tea set ceramic series for the first time, which is made by herself.
She helped her husband Patrick Liu, who is a Taoist priest and practices Taoisum establish the German Taoist Association and Taoist temple, develop the combination of tea culture and Taoist culture in Europe. 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.
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 1.4 hectares in order to expand the tea and Daoist project. People can participate in tea and Tao related activities here, such as public and private events, workshops, tea tasting, tea cupping, tea ceremony, tea processing and evaluating etc..
In 2020, continued the tea project, Wenzhuo has published her first 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. Her academic paper <History of tea trade between China and Germany> have been rewarded and published in Chinese tea academic book <Tea Renowned the World 茶誉天下>, she has been invited to be a monthly columnist of <Tea Times> magazine from 2021, her column Tea Perspectives.
In 2022, she opened the ceramic studio and launched the tea set ceramic series for the first time, which is made by herself. It integrates German local natural clay and Chinese elements, strives to use local spring water in Germany and local natural clay tea sets to brew locally grown and made tea. Our tea house and tea garden open to the public in 2022 Autumn, contact us to make an appointment for the workshop！