The wine industry in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region will see major development in the next few years. According to the administrative committee that manages the region’s biggest vineyards, Ningxia will grow 700,000 mu (46,667 hectares) of grapes by 2020, with 600,000 mu [~40,000 ha] intended for wine making…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2016

Key Points

  • By 2020, the Ningxia vineyards, located primarily around the Helan Mountains, will reportedly produce approximately 200 million bottles of wine per year.
  • As of 2016, Ningxia Region cultivates grapes on 610,000 mu [~40,666 ha], of which 530,000 mu [~35,333] are vineyards (wine making).

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  • Located 550 miles west of Beijing, Ningxia is a small, poor, desert-like region best known for its lamb and goji berries. However, starting in the late 1990s, the region began clearing land for vineyards on the eastern slopes of the Helan Mountains. As of 2012, Ningxia produced only 16.5 million liters of wine (1.2% of total output), but hopes to have over 66,000 hectares of vineyards and over 100 chateaus (e.g. wineries) by 2020. Varieties under production will include Cabernets (Sauvignon, Gernischt, and Franc), Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chenin Blanc.
  • Ningxia has attracted foreign investors such as France’s Moët & Chandon (owner of Dom Pérignon) and Pernod Ricard (owner of Australia’s Jacob’s Creek) to lease, develop, and manage vineyards. In 2011, the Chandon Ningxia winery joint venture was formed by the Ningxia-based SOE Nongken and France’s Moët Hennessy. Foreign investment is made easier by the fact that the Chinese government owns the majority of the land in Ningxia, which simplifies the transaction and development process. Land in Shandong province for instance, is owned by thousands of smallholder farmers.

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