The Ningxia department for inspection and quarantine recently divulged that the national department for product quality inspection has approved the construction of a key laboratory for the inspection of grapes and wines in Ningxia. This is the country’s first key laboratory concerned with grapes and related products, which includes grape sprouts, and grapes for consumption…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Dec 2017

Key Point

  • As of early 2016, Ningxia Region had exported 16,800 containers of wine to Hong Kong, Singapore, the EU (e.g. France, Spain, Denmark, and the Netherlands), USA, and Australia.

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  • In December 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). During the same month, it was reported that the Ningxia vineyards (located primarily around the Helan Mountains) will produce approximately 200 million bottles of wine per year.
  • 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 currently (as of 2012) under production will include Cabernets (Sauvignon, Gernischt, and Franc), Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chenin Blanc.
  • In 2011, the Chandon Ningxia winery joint venture was formed by the Ningxia-based SOE Nongken and France’s Moët Hennessy.
  • In 2010, the Chateau Changyu Moser XV winery was established in Ningxia Region.
  • 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. 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. 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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