One of the most ambitious and fast growing wine regions in China today is Ningxia, at the foot of the Helan Mountains. But few people have heard about Ningxia which is not strange since it is a very young wine region.
Substantial investments and savvy marketing are bringing Ningxia to the attention of international wine enthusiasts.
Britt was recently there for the “Ningxia Helan Mountain East Foothills Awards 2017”. It was a long over-due update to the visit to China ten years ago. At that time, most wines did not merit a second thought. Today the situation is dramatically different. There are several producers in Ningxia making very ambitious wines, that compare well on the international market.
Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Chinese Wines: The Quest For Quality And Prestige In Ningxia.
Here is the introduction:
It’s a misty morning, pretty cool, even though it’s still August. The East Helan Mountains, which separates the Chinese wine region of Ningxia from the Gobi Desert and Mongolia, are barely visible. Normally, summers are hot here. The winters, on the other hand, are freezing cold. The temperature easily drops to minus 5 Fahrenheit (minus 20 C). The vines wouldn’t survive if they weren’t covered with soil after the pruning. From November to March, the vines are invisible and thus protected against the cold.
Ningxia is located west of Beijing, two hours away by plane. I went there at the end of August to judge Ningxia wines at the “Ningxia Helan Mountain East Foothills Awards 2017”. I also had the opportunity to visit some of the wineries in the region.
Ningxia is the most talked about Chinese wine region at the moment. Clever marketing people and ambitious winemakers are working hard to make their region well known. Twenty years ago, few had heard of Ningxia wines. Many of the estates here have been created in the last five to ten years. They are still learning. The producers themselves say they lack experience and technology. Many seek help and advice from French oenologists.
Read all of Britt’s article on BKWine on Forbes.
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