Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wineries in China's hottest wine region, Ningxia.

              
      Changyu Moser XV, Ningxia
Night-time light show at Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
Changyu believes in educating visitors at Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.

Changyu provides a Disney-like experience at Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
  

Moët Hennessy's Domaine Chandon Ningxia
Moët Hennessy broke ground on April 2012 on Domaine Chandon Ningxia of this modern winery in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
Formal dinning room at Domaine Chandon Ningxia in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


     Silver Heights Winery, Ningxia
Tired of depending on local farmers, Emma Gao and her family of Silver Heights Winery have purchased land parcels near Helan Mountain to plant their own vineyard Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
While French-trained winemaker Emma Gao is in a business meeting, her winemaker husband Thierry Courtade and her father, Gao Lin proudly hold a photograph of their family-owned Silver Heights winery in the newly-released China The New Wine Frontier book. Far right is author and photographer of the book, Janis Miglavs. Silver Heights is located in urban Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


 Chateau Yuanshi Winery, Ningxia
Chateau Yuanshi (Yuan Shi) Winery designed in local Chinese architecture and build from local stone near Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
Worker filling French oak barrels at Chateau Yuanshi Winery near
Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.



             Ningxia Chateau Lilan Winery
French-trained Chinese winemaker Deng Zhongxiang, sits under illustrations of the Ningxia Lilan Winery currently under construction near Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.

Chateau Lilan Winery currently under construction near Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


Ningxia Chateau Lanny Winery and Resort
Local government-owned estate chateau Lanny (sometimes seen incorrectly spelled Lanyi) Winery and Resort near Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


Ningxia XiXiaKing Chateau Yuquan Winery 
Chinese style Yuquan International Wine Chateau of Xixia King near Yinchuan in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
Lobby of newly opened hotel next to Xixia King Chateau Yuquan near Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


COFCO's Great Wall Winery, Ningxia
COFCO's Great Wall Winery at the base of Helan Mountain in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


Ningxia Daylong Winery
With it's fairytale castle-like architecture, Ningxia Daylong Winery, run by the Thailand-based Daysun Investment group, has Helan Mountain as a background, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.

2 comments:

Steve O'Connor said...

I will simply say this: China has NEVER abided by any laws for health regulations and/or international laws related to whaling, illegal fishing or air pollution...just to name a few. They create more harmful toxins in the air in one day than America does in one year; they made and shipped toys to America that had lead based paint in them, and a multitude of other things could be listed, but that gets boring. So, in short, I will NEVER buy wines from China when I have a plethora of wines to choose from...and, that come from only 1st World Countries. Moreover, China is never going to create or rival the wines that come from the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, or Australia, so why on earth would I take my chances in jeopardizing my health by purchasing wines from China? No thanks!!! And finally, I also don't want to pay for expensive wines merely because some flamboyant Chinese man wants a Chateau that rivals the best in France...complete with a light show??? Give me a break! All of that cost is passed on to the consumer, and for that, you can have it! I want a wine that's expensive because of quality, not because the owner wants to make a Star Wars show.

Best to all!
Steve O'Connor, CS, Advanced WSET

Janis said...

Steve, I totally understand your point of view. I'm simply reporting what I see and experience. And the huge Chinese chateaux are part of the marketing of the wine.