In 1984, Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region produced its first bottle of wine. And 33 years on, the beverage is not only a key local industry but Ningxia’s mascot that the world recognizes. For the past five years, more than 300 kinds of wines from Ningxia won awards both in China and overseas…Full Article: China Daily June 2017

Key Points

  • By the end of 2016, According to the Ningxia Grape Industry Development Bureau, Ningxia Region was cultivating 41,333 hectares of grapes and had 86 wineries. Ningxia annually produces 120 million bottles of wine (CNY 5 billion or USD 730 million in sales revenue).
  • In 2010, the Chateau Changyu Moser XV winery was established in Ningxia Region.

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  • By 2020 (noted in December 2016), the Ningxia vineyards, located primarily around the Helan Mountains, will reportedly produce approximately 200 million bottles of wine per year.
  • 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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