Monday, September 15, 2014

China winery architecture #5: Modernist style


Domaine Chandon Ningxia, near Yinchuan, Ningxia Province.

Moët Hennessy broke ground on April 2012 in the construction of this modernist 6,300 square meter winery. Now fully operational, the winery has fermentation wine cellars, technical tasting rooms, and a visitor center. Equipped with world leading sparkling wine production facilities, Domain Chandon (Ningxia) Winery released its first sparkling wine just this year (2014).


Pinot Noir vines in front of Domaine Chandon Ningxia, near Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The sculptured wall represents furrowed rows with vineyard posts at Domaine Chandon Ningxia, near Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The sculptured wall represents furrowed rows with vineyard posts at Domaine Chandon Ningxia, near Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The production area is visible through the large glass windows of the formal tasting and dinning room at Domaine Chandon Ningxia, near Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.





COFCO's Great Wall Winery, near Yinchuan, Ningxia Province.

China's largest grain and oil dealer COFCO owns this winery and vineyard.


The architectural lines of COFCO's Great Wall Winery at the base of Helan Mountain seem to mimic the jagged lines of the mountain, near Yinchuan city, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


All images international copyright 2014 Janis Miglavs. 

For a more comprehensive look at the China Wine industry see my recently released book China The New Wine Frontier written in both Chinese and English. (The book already won the "Best in the World" award from Gourmand.)

To order the book in China go to Amazon China. 

To order in the USA or internationally, contact the author/photographer at janis@jmiglavs.com.








China winery architecture #4: The practical Soviet-era style factory.



Xinjiang Citic Guoan Wine Co.
"Xinjiang is located at roughly the same latitude as Bordeaux and California, making it an ideal place for growing grapes,' said Fred Nauleau, the French winemaker hired by the Citic Guoan Wine Company, who has spent ten years in the autonomous region, married a Chinese woman and had two children. 'And I was surprised to find that red wine I made here could inherit the fine and elegant style which once just belonged to old world, French wine."
Main entry to Citic Winery in Manasi. Note the secure gates and tire spikes to guard against terrorists. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.




Farmers unload harvested grapes at this platfoweigh and check sugar content at Citic Winery in Manasi. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.
The bright flowers don't cover the factory-like architecture of Citic Winery in Manasi. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.
The people on the walkway are dwarfed by the forest of huge storage and fermenting stainless tanks at Citic Winery in Manasi. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.
Citic Winery in Manasi. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.
This is the employee designed and made control center at the winery at Citic Winery in Manasi. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.
Barrel Cellar at Citic Winery in Manasi. Manasi, Xinjinag province, China.





Changyu Pioneer Wine Co. Inc.

This is the factory winery of the Changyu brand, which also includes Disney-sized Chateaux, some of which can be seen in my blog. Located in Yantai, Shandong Province, Changyu Pioneer Wine Company is China's oldest and largest winery. Started in 1892 by Zhang Bishi, the company's name is formed from his surname Zhang (Chang) and the Chinese character which means prosperity.  Changyu Pioneer Wine Company is at least the world's 10th largest winery.


Two people in the lower right of the photograph are dwarfed by the fermenting tanks at Changyu Pioneer Wine Co., Yantai, Shandong Province, China.
This worker checks the quality of the cork being produced at Changyu Pioneer Wine Co., Yantai, Shandong Province, China.
This is just a portion of the bottling line at Changyu Pioneer Wine Co., Yantai, Shandong Province, China.
Storage tanks at Changyu Pioneer Wine Co., Yantai, Shandong Province, China.





 Domaine Helan Mountain Winery

Helan Mountain (Ningxia) Winery Co. Ltd. is a wholly-owned trading company of Pernod Ricard.
Pernod Ricard's Helan Mountain (Ningxia) Winery Co., Ningxia province, China.
Pernod Ricard's Helan Mountain (Ningxia) Winery Co., Ningxia province, China.
Pernod Ricard's Helan Mountain (Ningxia) Winery Co., Ningxia province, China.
Pernod Ricard's Helan Mountain (Ningxia) Winery Co., Ningxia province, China.



All images copyright 2014 Janis Miglavs. 

For a more comprehensive look at the China Wine industry see my recently released book China The New Wine Frontier written in both Chinese and English. (The book already won the "Best in the World" award from Gourmand.)

To order the book in China go to Amazon China. 

To order in the USA or internationally, contact the author/photographer at janis@jmiglavs.com.





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

China winery architecture #3: Nouveau California Mission style.


Chateau Junding winery, located near Penglai, Shandong province.

I conjecture the nouveau California mission style architecture of Chateau Junding is no accident, but in fact a visual association. 

The COFCO-private joint venture Chateau boasts it is located in Nava Valley. Now does that sound similar to Napa Valley or what? Napa Valley wineries and the Napa Valley Vintners Association fought legal battles over the name.  

Taking associations one step further, Junding and the Penglai city government Wine Region Promotional Association claim Nava Valley is now one of the world's seven major grape coasts, associating itself with Médoc, Tuscany, Casablanca, Barossa Valley, Cape Town and of course, Napa Valley.

Junding is just one of the wineries from all across China featured in my recently-released book, China The New Wine Frontier.(The book already won the "Best in the World" award from Gourmand.) To order the book in China go to Amazon China, in the USA or internationally, order directly from the author/photographer at janis@jmiglavs.com.



Chateau Junding is the pinnacle of "Bigger is Better" in Chinese wine marketing. The main cluster of buildings, spreading out like a square donut with a crowning tower at one edge, covers 300 mu (20 hectares). Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
The complex contains 92 guest rooms. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Wind your way to the Junding amenities, including Chinese and Western style restaruants, at least one banquet hall, three private meeting rooms with round dinner tables, a fully equiped business center, a huge karaoke space (where I had to perform as the only foreign guest), an outdoor swimming pool, a more bars than I could count. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
The trail leads to a 3000 sq meter theater-style plaza for outdoor barbeques and "celebration."Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
The lights and moon highlight the architecture at night. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
The architecture of the wine production building seems stately even from the backyard side rarely seen by visitors. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Towers and arches surround one of the courtyards next to dining rooms and recreation area. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Almost hidden among the opulant amenities, there is actually a fully-outfittee winery capable of producing one million bottles and year and, according to the literature, the largest underground cellar in Asia.  Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Stainless steel storage tanks in a spotless production area at Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.


Chateau Junding Golf Club

This road leads to Chateau Junding Club, with its 7,293 yard, 18-hole course, boasts it is the only course in China situated in a vineyard. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Park your Silver Cloud or black Buick right at the entrance of Chateau Junding Club with it incongruent combination of architectural styles. Inside is 5,800 square meteers of restaurants, privte member areas, business center, coffee shop, cigar boutique and, of course, wine display areas. Chateau Junding Club, Penglai, Shandong province.
The golfer's first sight insdie the Golf Club is the marble floor and ornate ceiling of the lobby. Chateau Junding Club, Penglai, Shandong province.
Inside Chateau Junding Club, Penglai, Shandong province.





Yes, they actually grow and make wine at Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Besides the winery, hotel and golf club, Chateau Junding also has a nursery to propagate new vines to be shipped all over China. Even the nursery has the mission style arches. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.


Phoenix Lake, which has fish we ate for one dinner, cradles the complex. Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.
Chateau Junding, Penglai, Shandong province.



All images copyright 2014 Janis Miglavs. 

Junding is just one of the wineries from all across China featured in my recently-released book, China The New Wine Frontier.(The book already won the "Best in the World" award from Gourmand.)

To order the book in China go to Amazon China, in the USA or internationally, order directly from the author/photographer at janis@jmiglavs.com.









Monday, September 8, 2014

China winery architecture #2: Disney-sized chateaux.

This is the second in a series of photographic inside-the-winery tours of China winery architecture.

I call these wineries a Disney-sized emulation of European, especially French, chateaux and wine culture.



Chateau Huadong Parry, Qingdao, Shandong province.

Chateau Huadong-Parry winery Chateau Huadong-Parry is the first chateau in China established by the British wine entrepreneur Michael Parry, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.

Chateau Huadong-Parry vineyard and winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.

Sculptures are scattered through the estate of Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
The Qingdao city can be seen from Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Shandong Province, China.
View from one of the tasting rooms at Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
Stout wooden doors lead into the barrel cellar at Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
The barrel cellar at Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.

Red piano in the VIP Parry Chamber at Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
An office building at night at Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
Vineyard workers load crates of harvested grapes to take up to Chateau Huadong-Parry winery, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.


Chateau Changyu AFIP Global, Beijing.

Vineyard workers at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing. This is Changyu Pioneer Wine Company's first of the Disney-like chateaux.

Picture perfect Chateau Changyu AFIP Global winery and faux European village, about one hour from Beijing, China.
The faux European Village next to Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Chateau Changyu AFIP Global is a tourists photographic delight.
Visitors can play and photograph in the cellar at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Wedding photography at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
One of the streets in the Village at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China
No faux village should be without a church for weddings at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
The generic village church designed for weddings at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Ok, you have had enough Chinese wine to drink, no problem, spend the night in one of the individualized small hotels in the village at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Visitors can deposit their children at the supervised play area in the Village at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Hungry? Just enter on of the four restaurants in the Village at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Inside the Continental Restaurant in the Village at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
The grand tour at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
They even make wine at Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.
Chateau Changyu AFIP Global in Ju Gezhuang Town, about one hour from Beijing, China.

 

 

Chateau Dynasty Tianjin, Tianjin.

Dynasty has a mock classical chateau that echoes the Palace of Versailles in Tianjin. The chateau spans 11,000 square meters and features spires, battlements and marble statues that pay tribute to Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine. Also sitting prominently at the front of the property is a glass and metallic structure styled after The Louvre in Paris.
The marble statue of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine, greets visitors to what might be the Palace at Versailles but is in fact Chateau Dynasty Tianjin.

Sitting prominently at the front of Chateau Dynasty Tianjin is a glass and metal pyramid like similar to the one found at The Louvre in Paris. 
View from insides the glass pyramid at Chateau Dynasty Tianjin offers a view of the main part of the building.
Chateau Dynasty Tianjin.
A bride waits for her turn to be photographed at Chateau Dynasty Tianjin.

Wedding photography seems to be one of the main activities at Chateau Dynasty Tianjin.

 

 

Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

The moon rises during the nightly light show at Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

The architects drawing shows the scale and layout of Chateau Changyu Moser XV, another project by Changyu Pioneer Wine Company, China's oldest and largest winery.
 Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

Fountains and wedding photographers seem to be a main feature at Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

One of the main entrances into the new wine world at Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

No Chinese chateau would be complete without iron-clad guards watching over the tourists. Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

Visitors wind their way through a labrynth of displays and tasting rooms at Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

Interactive displays designed to educate visitors in the finer points of wine culture at Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

Part of the wine culture displays at Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.
Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

 

Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Xinjiang province.

Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa includes a 6,000-square-meter cellar, production facilities, a museum and surrounded by 37-hectares of vineyard. Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
The general manager of Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa holds up a copy of China The New Wine Frontier book showing another of China's largest winery, Changyu Pioneer Wine Company's properties, Chateau Changyu AFIP Global.  Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
A pedestrian bridge divides the Chinese-made bottling line from the barrel cellar at Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Lots of sculptures dot the estate at Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Chateau Changyu Baron Balboa, Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

 

All images copyright 2014 Janis Miglavs. 

For a more comprehensive look at the China Wine industry see my recently released book China The New Wine Frontier written in both Chinese and English. (The book already won the "Best in the World" award from Gourmand.)

To order the book in China go to Amazon China. 

To order in the USA or internationally, contact the author/photographer at janis@jmiglavs.com.