Ningxia started an original project in 2015, the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge (NWC). 48 different wine makers from all over the world were invited to Ningxia for the harvest that year. Each winemaker was paired with a local winery and received three hectares of vines each to dispose of. That year, 2015, the 48 winemakers made a wine together with their partner winery. During the two years that have elapsed since, they have returned to Ningxia and checked their wine a couple of times. At the end of August this year, a jury tasted and judged the 48 wines and medals were awarded. And among the winners of the gold medals there was actually a Swedish wine maker, Slavina Stefanova.
I asked Svetlana what she really thinks about Ningxia’s potential as wine region: ”Despite the many challenges – severe continental climate and poor viticultural standards being only two of them – the feeling I have is that the future of Ningxia as a fine wine producer is a foregone conclusion, a question of when, not if.”
More: Chinese wines from Ningxia.
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