Wuyishan Rock Tea Village
Try it: White Peony, in our Direct Trade Teas
Grower: The Chen Family
Tea Maker: The Chen Family, led by Chen Zhen Jia (Uncle Chen)
Location: Wuyishan Scenic Area in the Wuyi Mountains - Fujian Province, China
Elevation: 300-500m (980-1,600ft)
Cultivation: Natural (Organic, but no certification)
Signature Teas: Da Hong Pao and Rou Gui
Located in the famous Wuyi Mountains region, the Chen Family works together to produce quality teas. Our friend, Cindy Chen, is the daughter of the family and assists in the harvesting and crafting of the teas. Her uncle, Zhen Jia, is the family's teamaster who oversees every batch of tea. He guides the younger generations through many of the teas, and crafts the most valuable and difficult-to-make teas himself.
The Chen Family's tea is considered the highest grade from Wuyishan, grown on zhenyan, or rocky soils. Only within the Wuyishan Scenic Area is this rocky soil found, where the Chen Family owns 13 acres inherited from their grandfather. Unlike many other tea-producing areas in China, the tea trees here are not cultivated in the plantation style. They are allowed to grow in spacious groves, ranging in age from a few years old to more than 100 years old. The area is strictly protected by the government, so absolutely no chemicals or pesticides are used.
They use traditional methods to maintain quality standards. The teas are plucked meticulously, and different varietals are reserved for certain styles of tea. Cindy spends part of the year here in Wuyishan, and part of the year in Chaozhou, home of Dancong oolongs. Her husband, Zhou Shi Wu, is also the son of a long-time tea family, and his hometown is in Phoenix Mountain area.