Why the Name "996 Makers"
When grapes are pressed into juice, the density is 1096 g/L. When the juice is fermented into wine, the density lowers to 996 g/L.
Juice is heavier than water because of contents like sugar. Wine is lighter than water because sugar is converted to alcohol.
We value makers' work as it makes such difference. We honor makers' spirit because of magic like this.
Take a pause and reflect on the impact you have made. Raise the glass and cheers to ourselves as proud makers.
Behind the Scenes: Meet the Makers
Twitter / Instagram: @therealchuhan
WSET Level 3 with Distinction, recognized as the go-to wine expert in her circles. Chuhan is a passionate social entrepreneur and proudly leading the 996 Cork Initiative to turn used into useful.
Outside of her passion for wine, Chuhan is deeply plugged into the startup community through her job as an entrepreneur and a former Venture Capital investor. Previously she worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division, and managed many M&A and IPO transactions, including Alibaba’s 2014 IPO on NYSE.
Twitter / Instagram / Medium : @charliecliu
Also holds WSET Level 3. The (unofficial) in-house Sommelier and started the wine club at Adyen, a FinTech superstar from Amsterdam. Also a tech and hospitality columnist on the HOTELS Magazine.
When not thinking about wine, Charlie is the (official) wizard of commercial strategy and intelligence at Adyen, and an influencer on several English and Chinese tech media. Previously, Charlie was a global macro investor at Franklin Templeton Investments, which was the largest sovereign debt holder of several countries. Charlie also used to sing a-cappella when he was at college in Minnesota (where there’s no winery).
Partner & Winemaker
The third-generation winemaker from China's first winemaking family. Previously worked at Château Margaux in Bordeaux, Inglenook and Calla Lily Estate in Napa Valley. Under the influence of her grandfather Yan Shengjie, the winemaker pioneer who made the first bottle of wine in China and appointed by Premier Zhou to launch China's largest wine enterprise - Great Wall Wine, Xinyue chose to study Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and put her passion to work by making wine.