This post is the third and final post of the series. This one focuses on the Old Taichung Winery. The photos in this post were taken in the areas of the winery that haven’t been renovated for exhibition use. The winery is a paradise of decay, corrosion, colors, and textures to feast your eyes on.
Built in 1916, the winery was the private Dajheng Winery, Ltd. before being handed over to the Japanese colonial government in 1922. After that, it was the Taichung branch of the Bureau of Tobacco and Liquor. Following Japan’s defeat in World War II, it was renamed the Fifth Winery in 1947. Its current name was finalized in 1957 [Source: Window on Taiwan].
Mark and I spent much of our morning exploring the old winery, away from the glitz and glamor of the Design Expo. It turned out to be time well spent. It reminded me a lot of the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery in Kaohsiung. Both have plenty of buildings from the same era that had fallen into disuse until declared historic sites. Since then, they have been converted into educational facilities for the history of Taiwan’s national industries.
No. 362, Sec. 3, Fusing Rd., South District, Taichung City 402, Taiwan
台中市南區 復興路三段362 號